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Editor's note: As a special feature for April, the Street.com offers a 20-part series on virtually everything about real estate. This installment, which originally ran as part of Good Life, is Part 14.
In the current real estate market, sellers are going to great lengths to score points with potential buyers.
Faced with dropping prices and surging inventory, some desperate homeowners are offering to pay a year's taxes, pick up all closing costs or even throw in a new car.
Others are burying statues of St. Joseph in their front yards and hoping for a miracle.
But one factor is often overlooked: Although a house is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make, choosing one is often an emotional decision based mainly on love at first sight.
"People are pretty logical about their budget and the area they want to buy in," says
Emotional DistanceIn order to stage your house to win a buyer's heart, you have to disengage your own feelings so you can see what changes and improvements are necessary to attract a buyer. "Once it's for sale, it's no longer 'your' house, it's 'a' house," says
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