Marking Down for a Move

See how marking down a house and successfully staging it can speed up a move.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe bright colors and large furnishings in this living room may be turning buyers away.
Gladys and Edvin Hernandez have decided to move their family abroad to France so that Edvin can continue his education. Before they do that, they must get their house sold.

It has been on the market for more than four months without a single offer, and realtor Mike Aubrey discovers why. It has been priced too high. He suggests reducing the amount immediately to make way for a sale. Host and stager Sabrina Soto says decluttering the place and toning down the decor could help matters as well.

This dark red living room is dwarfed by brightly colored overstuffed furniture, making it look smaller than it is. Since it is one of the first things potential buyers see when they walk in the door of this home, it needs to be toned down and freshened up.

For specific product information, click on the After photos of the room.