Barbara Corcoran has been showing up quite a bit lately on the Today Show with some great tips for real estate. In this segment, Corcoran suggests that a beautiful backyard can add 11% to a home’s value. I wish I agreed with her on this one, but I think she’s exaggerating here. Sure a nice backyard adds value, but not 11%. Not around these parts. Corcoran says to stay away from adding swimming pools, sports courts, and concrete patios. Instead you should strive for less lawn, more landscaping, and create an outdoor room. I love her suggestion about adding trees but stay away from the maple trees because the falling leaves will make it a nightmare to clean up. When adding trees in the front yard, try to plant trees where it doesn’t block the front facade. There’s nothing worse than pulling up to a house and seeing all tree. Many times, hiring a landscape designer can make all the difference. It’s not that expensive and the yard will look much more attractive.