• 13 Ways to Sell Your Home in 2013

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    As the housing recovery that began last year continues to gain steam into 2013, selling your home may become less of a headache.

    But you can be sure of one thing: You’re always likely to make the process easier if you use smart marketing tactics.

    Some of them are givens: De-clutter your home for open houses, enhance your landscaping, etc. But there are also some underutilized selling methods.

    Culling tips from interviews with a variety of industry insiders, AOL Real Estate has compiled a list of some of the best of them. Click through our gallery to learn 13 ways to sell your home in 2013.

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  • Quick and Easy Home Makeovers for the New Year

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    By Lisa Kaplan Gordon

    It’s a new year, and an ambitious resolution that always falls on our list (of resolutions that inevitably get broken) is a home makeover. What a daunting task, it seems!

    But there are easy home fixes that won’t take you more than 15 minutes to do, and they’ll have your place looking fresh and new. They might not constitute complete overhauls of your home, but they’re guaranteed to accomplish the affect of a home makeover in a jiffy.

    Here are seven house pick-me-ups that take about as much time as brewing a pot of coffee and fit your schedule whenever you have a few extra minutes.

    1. Switch the plates.

    Upgrade your drab, plastic switch plates with snazzy covers that match or accent your decor. Even the most expensive brass switch plates cost less than $20 each.

    Or, spend a buck for a plastic plate and decorate it yourself. Use craft paint, or <a class="colorbox" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSdHjKY243s" …read more