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If you're trying to sell your home and looking for advice, it's safe to assume realtors have more than a few ideas on the topic. Written in the first-person perspective of an imaginary real estate agent, Michelle Crouch wrote "22 Secrets Your Real Estate Agent Isn't Telling You," for Reader's Digest based on learnings from licensed real estate agents. As you'd expect, it's packed with intel for us mere home-selling mortals to learn.

Out of all the advice, one piece of simple wisdom stuck out. What, per chance, is that? Clear off your counters. "My No. 1 selling tip: Clear off counter tops in the bathrooms and kitchen. Americans love that wide-open counter space," Crouch writes. This simple maneuver can be accomplished in less than a half-hour — see also: "If you get a call saying that some buyers want to see your house in 15 minutes, let them in even if it's a bit messy. Those last-minute types typically make impulsive decisions, and they just might decide to buy a house that day" — and makes a big difference in the eyes of potential buyers.

Not only does it create the sense of more space, but a clutter-free home can help attract buyers more to your living quarters, thus making them more likely to seal the deal.

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