3 expenses you can skip before listing your home, according to 'Selling Sunset' stars

Buying and selling a home is often an emotional process for people, but at the end of the day, it's a financial decision.

And if you're selling your property, it's important to make changes to your home that will increase its resale value.

But people who aren't experienced in the world of real estate may struggle to know what they should — and shouldn't — spend money on when getting their home prepared for a sale.

Insider spoke to stars of Netflix's "Selling Sunset" and real-estate experts Mary Bonnet (née Fitzgerald) and Maya Vander about the home improvements sellers can skip before listing their homes.


"If you have a completely dated bathroom and kitchen and you want any model to increase value, those are the first two locations I would recommend people to focus on," Vander said.

But that doesn't mean you have to spend thousands of dollars on a brand-new refrigerator, stove, and wine fridge.

A kitchen with dark blue cabinets and a wall of windows.
Appliances don't need to be replaced if they look new. Tony Anderson / Getty Images
As Bonnet said, appliances that look fairly new will usually be enough for buyers.

However, appliances that look dated likely need to be replaced to maintain the value of a home.

"If you got a 1990 white fridge or that old yellow kind, get rid of it," Bonnet said.

Be careful when you make changes to your floors
When you're putting your home up for sale, it's important for it to look new and clean, particularly features like floors and walls, as both Bonnet and Vander told Insider.

Expenses to Skip Before Listing Your Home: 'Selling Sunset' Stars (insider.com)

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'Selling Sunset's Maya Vander Speaks Out on Her Exit From Netflix Show

Maya Vander is signing off from Selling Sunset.

The realtor, who fans first met in the premiere of the Netflix series back in 2019, spoke out about her exit from the show in a message shared to social media. "So...I'm very proud of my Selling Sunset family for getting two more seasons and hopefully Emmy nomination," she began. "I decided to not go on with the show and it was not an easy decision!"

While Vander is saying goodbye, she's leaving with love. "Being a part of such a successful hit is absolutely amazing and I am so grateful for!!" she noted.

The reality star also addressed her recent personal losses, telling fans, "The last few months were not easy. Losing a baby at 38 weeks following a miscarriage is just too much to handle. I just want to be home with my husband and beautiful kids who I absolutely adore."

Earlier this week, Vander told fans that she had suffered a miscarriage after 10 weeks. In December 2021, she opened up to fans about the stillbirth of her baby boy at 38 weeks. The star is mom to a son, Aiden, and a daughter, Elle.

Though she's stepping away from TV, Vander is not hanging up her real estate hat, but rather getting a change of scenery. "Focusing on growing my Maya Vander Group and joining Compass, " she said, "is the right decision for me to move forward."

On Thursday, Vander officially announced that her eponymous real estate group, based in Florida, had joined with Compass.

"The Maya Vander Group is so excited for this next chapter," she wrote on Instagram, "as we continue to take over the Miami luxury real estate market. #TheMayaVanderGroup."

While fans won't be seeing Vander on their small screens, there's still plenty of Selling Sunset heading their way -- Netflix announced this week that the show has been renewed for two more seasons.

Meanwhile, if the show does pick up more Emmy nominations, it sounds like fans will have to keep their eyes peeled for Vander on the red carpet. As she wrote, "I am so grateful for @netflix.. Adam, Skyler and of course Jason for such a great run! Now... let's get an Emmy."

'Selling Sunset's Maya Vander Speaks Out on Her Exit From Netflix Show | cbs8.com

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Selling Sunset’s Maya Vander begs show to ‘bring real estate back’ after season 6 rows

Selling Sunset returned to Netflix earlier this month as the cameras caught up with the latest goings-on at The Oppenheim Group in LA.

The show has become renowned for showing off the west coast’s most luxurious properties while intertwining the real-life feuds and rows that inevitably emerge from the competitive agents.

There was also a big change to the look of the show in season six as former series favorites Christine Quinn and Maya Vander bid farewell while new cast members Bre Tiesi and Nicole Young entered the fray.

Season six appeared to veer away from the formula which made it much-loved among fans, however, focusing much of its time on the newfound feud between long-serving stalwart Chrishell Stause and newcomer Nicole.

Things exploded between the two throughout the series, including shocking drug-using claims made by Chrishell, while plenty of other rows emanated across the episodes.

Now, watching from afar, it seems Maya isn’t impressed with seeing how the show depicted the feuds among the cast, insisting the show should get back to its core - the properties on show.

Her comments came on Instagram in response to former cast mate Heather Rae El Moussa who took to the social media platform to celebrate the show’s ongoing success.

Heather penned to her followers: “It’s crazy to think that I’ve been here since the day Selling Sunset started. The OGs were just a group of really hardworking women but we had no idea where this show was going to take us.

“Now here we are- #1 in the US and so many other countries on @netflix, all living our lives, being bosses, and growing over time.

"You guys have seen me through so many stages of my life (the good and the bad) just through Selling Sunset, alone, so if you’ve been here since day one, what’s been the biggest POSITIVE takeaway from the show?

“Let’s focus on the good and talk about what your favorite season was or how the show inspired you or anything along those lines… I would love to hear from you.”

Among the replies was Maya who hit out at the series: “Love season 1 [wink emoji] I always said that! Bring the real estate back.”

And Maya wasn’t alone as several fans echoed her comments, with @jchristmannn replying: “Literallyyyyy I wanna see the housessss with a little drama not the other way around.”

Selling Sunset’s Maya Vander begs show to ‘bring real estate back’ after season 6 rows - TV - Entertainment - Daily Express US (the-express.com)

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Ludacris buys home in Hollywood Hills, sells in West L.A.

BY LAUREN BEALE
JAN. 3, 2014 7:40 AM PT

Actor-rapper Ludacris finished 2013 with a flourish, buying a home in Hollywood Hills for $4.8 million and selling a penthouse condo in West Los Angeles for $879,000, The Times has confirmed. He has a second condo for sale in the same building at $879,000.

The contemporary home the three-time Grammy winner bought was built in 1985 and includes a master bedroom suite with dual bathrooms, dressing closets, a fireplace and a wet bar.

There are a total of four fireplaces, five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in the 5,854-square-foot home.

Both condos have two bedrooms and more than 2,000 square feet of living space. He paid $1.03 million in 2007 for the penthouse condo he sold, reported Trulia, which broke the news of the transactions.

Ludacris, 36, will release his latest album, “Ludaversal,” this year. Among his hit songs are “Money Maker” and “Area Codes.” He has appeared in the “Fast & Furious” film series and has scores of television soundtrack credits.

Rande Gray, Ron Keinan and Ariel Shram of Keller Williams were the listing agents for the Hollywood Hills home. Maya Vander of Keller Williams represented Ludacris in the purchase. Stephanie Franklin and Dick Franklin of Gibson International have the listing on the condo for sale.

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Bicoastal ‘Selling Sunset’ star Maya Vander loves Miami. Check out her latest  Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/miami-com/miami-com-news/article261822895.html#storylink=cpy

How hot is Miami’s real estate market? “Selling Sunset’s” Maya Vander even wants the Magic City to be spotlighted on the hit Netflix show. On Tuesday, the reality star toured the $7 million marquee penthouse at Mr. C Residences Coconut Grove, the latest project by fourth generation Cipriani brothers Ignazio and Maggio.

The 3,500 square foot, four bedroom pad (plus a den) has an incredible water view, naturally, as well as various other perks. The lucky owners will have access to an in-home private chef, “doorstep happy hour” and rooftop pool lounge

“I love this project and am very happy for my clients to purchase there,” Vander writes on Instagram of the tony property. “Great location and amazing walking distance, which is always a plus.”

You think you have a tough commute? Try being Vander, who flies back and forth between the two coasts to shoot scenes for the “docusoap,” which documents the well-heeled employees of L.A.’s Oppenheim Group.

The 32-year-old Israeli, who also runs the day to day operations of the Maya Vander Group in Coral Gables, loves the 305 and logging all that time in the sky doesn’t bother her. She sees great potential in her new hometown. “I believe we have so much to offer here,” she told the Miami Herald. “I moved to Miami part-time five years ago and have already noticed a huge change. The skyline keeps getting better as the city experiences unprecedented growth, I feel that there is a lot of potential.”

Selling Sunset star Maya Vander lives in Miami now | Miami Herald

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Maya Vander from ‘Selling Sunset’ joins Compass in South Florida

Maya Vander from the Netflix series “Selling Sunset” has joined Compass’ Coconut Grove office.

Vander will work with Compass in both Florida and California. Her new Maya Vander Group will be based in Coconut Grove.

“With growth in mind, my move to Compass couldn’t come at a better time,” Vander said. “The brokerage embodies the luxury and progressiveness that I see in both myself and my group. Between its technology and expansive network, I’m thrilled to watch the Maya Vander Group grow to new heights.”

Vander, 40, previously worked with Keller Williams Realty in Florida and The Oppenheim Group in California. Multiple news outlets reported this week that Vander will not return to “Selling Sunset” for the show’s sixth season so that she can focus on her South Florida real estate business.

“From its branding to its tools, I’m excited to tap into the abundance of resources Compass provides so that my focus can remain on quality of service, growth and my family here in South Florida,” Vander said.

Maya Vander from ‘Selling Sunset’ joins Compass in South Florida - South Florida Agent Magazine

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New Florida law bans foreign buyers from seven countries from purchasing real estate in the state

Maya Vander, Florida real estate agent and former ‘Selling Sunset’ cast member, joins CNBC’s Robert Frank and ‘Last Call’ to discuss Florida’s new law banning some foreign buyers from purchasing property in the state.

New Florida law bans foreign buyers from seven countries from purchasing real estate in the state (cnbc.com)

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'Selling Sunset' breakout star Maya Vander moves to Compass

The agent, who in May launched her own team, the Maya Vander Group, will be working out of Compass's Coconut Grove office in Miami
BY BEN VERDE
June 22, 2022

The agent, who in May launched her own team, the Maya Vander Group, will be working out of Compass’s Coconut Grove office in Miami.

'Selling Sunset' Breakout Star Maya Vander Moves To Compass - Inman

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Selling Sunset's Maya Vander Introduces 'Miracle Baby' Born Two Years After Losing...

Selling Sunset alum Maya Vander is opening up about welcoming her baby girl.
Last month, the luxury real estate pro, 41, revealed to PEOPLE exclusively that she welcomed daughter Emma Reign with husband David Miller. Vander tells PEOPLE that after her "public" pregnancy loss at 38 weeks in late 2021, she wanted to keep the news close this time around.

"I didn't know how this pregnancy would go and things obviously happen, I learned, unfortunately. I decided to just keep it quiet mostly, I didn't want to do just anything and I wanted to just make sure everything is going well and the baby's healthy and the delivery is healthy and everything is fine before going public about it all."
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Maya Vander Welcomes a Baby Girl After Late-Term Pregnancy Loss: 'Feeling So Much Relief' (Exclusive)
Vander says fans started getting suspicious as she posted recent real estate videos, but she waited until she was ready to make the reveal, adding, "It was just the right decision for me at the time."

The realtor's pregnancy with Emma — who joins daughter Elle, 3, and son Aiden, 4 — was "great" and "checked all the boxes."

"I felt healthy, I worked out. I ate well and besides minor symptoms like fatigue and low energy in the beginning, and feeling ready to have the baby at the end, it was great."

"This pregnancy, in particular, because of my late loss last year, it was a bit more — I wouldn't call it anxiety because I'm a pretty relaxed person — I was just a little more cautious and worried because I learned that you can lose a baby, no matter how far along you are, even if things are going the way they should be."

To prepare, Vander underwent "way more" monitoring throughout her pregnancy than the previous ones, giving birth to Emma after being induced at 37 weeks.

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"I did everything I could, the doctors did everything they could, to make sure we're not going to have any problems again. It was helpful, having more checkups and so on."

In the mom's mind, she was already picturing her third baby when she lost her son Mason in December 2021. Even after the loss, the desire to grow her family remained.

"People also joke to me that, 'Maya is always pregnant' but I say I'm 41 years old. I was pregnant technically seven times between miscarriages and unfortunately the stillbirth, which is really the next level of a loss, and I have three kids to show for it," she explains to PEOPLE.

"I knew that once I lost my son that I wanted to get pregnant as soon as I can. People think it's crazy but again, it's really easy to judge from the outside," she says.

"When I lost my son Mason I was mentally prepared to have three kids, and it was very difficult for me to just let go of that," she adds. "I could have said, 'I have a boy and a girl. They're healthy and happy. Let me just move on and forget about it,' " she continues.

"I had a huge voice that — I think unless you experience something like that it's very hard to explain because most people will say you’re lucky and just leave it, be okay with what you have. But it's very hard to move on after you lost the baby, so late in pregnancy. Something was really missing."


"It was a big hole in my heart, which I still have that hole but I feel like with my third baby now, I just have a better experience in the hospital, a better ending and I'm happy. I wanted three kids and now it's completed, and I'm very thankful."

With the support of her husband and family, Vander decided to try again, keeping her focus on Elle and Aiden as she did.

"My kids keep me super busy. They don't understand what happened with the loss last year. We talk about my son all the time, but they don't understand because they're only three and four years old," she shares. "But I'm very close to my family, and I've got great friends who have really been there for me throughout this process — as well as my doctors with all my kids. People have shown so much love and support and I appreciate that."

Now that their baby sister is home, the kids have been "so excited" to get to know her.
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"My daughter is very, very loving, very sweet. My son is engaged less — obviously, he was excited but he doesn't do much with us because babies are busy eating and sleeping so he can't play with her yet. But they've been great, and I feel that my family is now complete and it put me a little bit more at ease after last year’s loss."

Emma has been "a breeze" as she's settled into the family. "People ask me if I have a night nurse or all that. I love waking up and feeding her. She's also such a good baby. She eats every three, four hours, so I get my sleep. I get my rest. I enjoy cuddling with her. I have little children, but you forget how small they are when they are born. She was still very little compared to my other kids."

"In a crazy way, if I knew for a fact that I'm not gonna have another miscarriage, or God forbid, stillbirth and I was younger, maybe I would even go for a fourth, which I never imagined in my life I would say that," Vander adds. "It's just nice to cuddle with her while she's so little. I really feel like she's my miracle baby."

Celebrating the "precious" newborn stage, Vander also immediately began figuring out how to manage her personal life and her professional life as she shifts to being a mom of three.

"My kids go to school, I usually pick them up around 4:30. And once I pick them up, I’m with them until they go to bed," she shares. "I just hired someone to help with my daughter four days a week for a few hours so I can do what I need to do with real estate, so I can be present both at home and with my clients. I think it's very difficult to be a full-time working mom. It’s all about finding balance and the right limit."

"I think I’m doing a good job, I’m not getting overwhelmed and I’ve been pretty good with prioritizing things each day," she continues. "Some days are less crazy than others, but I think real estate is a great profession to be in as a mom because I’m my own boss and set my own schedule."

Maya Vander and Chrishell Stause in episode 9 of Selling Sunset: Season 5
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This summer, Vander will shift into mom mode, taking care of the older ones whenever they aren't in summer camp while bonding with Emma.

"I'm definitely more of a full-time mom again in the summer," she shares. "We're not ready to start traveling with this little one, so we're only doing a quick vacation to California in August, all of us and the baby and my dog, so we'll see how that goes."

She also hopes for a little downtime, to catch her cameo in season 6 of Selling Sunset, which she left full-time last season.

"I didn't even watch it yet because I don't have the time!" she laughs. "I've got to find the time since everyone's already talking about it."

And as for a possible return to the show? "I’m like 'You know what, guys? I’ll do a FaceTime,' Maybe I’ll do more, we’ll see. But they've got to tone down this drama for me to do another [season]. We’ll see."

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'SELLING SUNSET' MAYA VANDER LEAVING SHOW Won't Return For Season 6

"Selling Sunset" star Maya Vander -- one of the show's first cast members -- will not be returning next season ... TMZ has learned.

Production sources tell us Maya will not return to the Netflix reality series because she's focused on raising her family and continuing to build her real estate business in Miami. Not only that, Maya recently switched her real estate license to be a member of the Compass real estate firm.


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We're told Maya loved her time on the show ... but the commute from Miami to Los Angeles to be a part of the production got to be a lot to handle, especially with young kids.

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She was also noticeably absent during the MTV Movie Awards when most of the other cast attended.

Maya shared some devastating news Wednesday, revealing she'd suffered a miscarriage just 6 months after her son's stillbirth. We're told the weight of that loss also factored into Maya's decision to end her time on "Selling Sunset."


In sharing the sad news, Maya thanked her husband, Dave Miller, and her two kids -- Aiden and Elle -- for the "joy and happiness" they bring to her life.

We're told Maya had been renewed for season 6 and 7, but decided not to go forward.

'Selling Sunset' Star Maya Vander Leaving Netflix Reality Show (tmz.com)

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