Showing Your House to Homebuyers

July 23, 2019

Showing the House

Your house should always be available for show, even though it may occasionally be inconvenient for you. Let your listing agent put a lock box in a convenient place to make it easy for other agents to show your home to homebuyers. Otherwise, agents will have to schedule appointments, which is an inconvenience. Most will just skip your home to show the house of someone else who is more cooperative.

Most agents will call and give you at least a couple of hours notice ...

Disclosure: What Sellers Need to Know

July 21, 2019

States are cracking down on sellers' obligation to disclose known material facts about properties for sale—especially conditions not readily apparent, such as a cracked foundation. A material fact is anything that could affect the sale price or influence a buyer's decision to purchase a home. The major cause of post-sale disputes and lawsuits ...


July 20, 2019

Keeping up with housing trends is never easy. But if you're selling your home, it will behoove you to take a look at new home designs. Your home may not have them all, but there are three items that might make or break the deal. If your home is small, there are some tricks to increasing its visual size. Buyers want big homes and big rooms. ...

Setting the Stage for a Successful Sale

July 15, 2019

What’s the best way to help your home make a glorious first impression on would-be buyers? Real estate experts agree that “staging” (also called “fluffing”) your home to show it in the most favorable light is well worth your time and effort. Beyond the pre-sale cleaning and organizing you would expect to do, successful staging includes ...

Managing your home away from home

July 14, 2019

Home-watch service gives peace of mind. Take the couple who closed their new Phoenix home for the summer without making arrangements to have their property checked. They returned in November to discover damage from a water leak. They had to replace the lower kitchen and bathroom cabinets and baseboards, drywall and mildewy carpets. "If ...

A quick, fair home sale

July 9, 2019

As the spring real-estate season approaches, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of selling your property at the best price and under the best terms. - Choose the right agent: You want to see your house advertised weekly in the newspaper. The agent you're considering prefers to work his or her Rolodex. You expect to ...

Risking it all

July 7, 2019

'For Sale By Owner' has the lure of saving commissions. Sellers can place their own sign in the yard and list their home on internet sites. Buyers have the option of peering inside through those internet sites and deciding on which houses interest them most before making that call. You can even download contracts for your personal use. But before ...


July 4, 2019

Before placing a home on the market you should also identify REALTORS® in your community who can assist with the sale. Because Realtor.com is the largest real estate site online, it's a perfect place to look when seeking realty services. Realtor.com lists realty professionals nationwide, and you can find those active in your community through ...

Prepare your home for sale

July 2, 2019

Break out the mop and the paintbrush. It’s time to give your home a mini-makeover. Here are all the little things you can do to attract the big offers. Time to see your home through a buyer’s eyes. Over the years, you’ve grown quite comfortable with your home’s little imperfections; the hole in the screen door, the chipped paint on the ...

What should you expect when working with a REALTOR®?

June 30, 2019

Once your home is listed with a REALTOR®, he or she will immediately begin to market your home according to the most appropriate conventions for your community. Your REALTOR® should keep you informed as the marketing process unfolds and as expressions of interest are received. In time, the marketing plan may be modified to reflect buyer ...
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