3 Things to Think About Before Going FSBO

April 24, 2015

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Quick: Off the top of your head, what can a real estate agent do to sell a house that you can’t do? “Frankly, I don’t think a Realtor® does much that I can’t do myself,” a New Jersey homeowner told CBS News. After all, real estate agents just stick a sign in the yard, hold [...]

Sellers Behaving Badly: The Top 3 Ways to Turn Off a Buyer

April 10, 2015

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Not all real estate transactions turn sour. In fact, few do. But once in a while, a bad apple ends up either selling or buying a home, and can throw the entire transaction into chaos. From buyers allowing their children to run wild through a house they’re viewing to sellers trying to hide home defects, [...]

Top 3 Real Estate Deal Killers

March 20, 2015

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The way some people talk, it would take a miracle to make it from a signed purchase agreement to the closing table. But in reality, most real estate transactions go through with nary a hitch. Those that do hit snags, however, run the very real danger of completely falling apart. The problems are sometimes out [...]

How to Sell Your Home Despite Having Lousy Neighbors

February 13, 2015

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A shaken Rebecca Rand said the bulldozer ripped right through her kitchen. Another neighbor, Mary Davis, upon receipt of a frantic call from her husband, ran from her home just before the colossal machine demolished it. While good fences are said to make good neighbors, it was a fence that set Barry Swegle off. This [...]

What Counts as a Comp for Your Home?

December 12, 2014

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From replacing a rusted out bathroom sink to laying laminate flooring, Americans are hooked on the DIY craze. Some things, however, are better left to professionals. Establishing your home’s current market value before putting it on the selling block or pursuing a refinance is one of those things. To determine its value, appraisers and real [...]

3 Easy Improvements to Help You Sell Your Home

November 14, 2014

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Forget, for a moment, about market trends and interest rates. At any given time, no matter the state of the economy, someone somewhere is selling their home. In any market, homeowners can up the odds that a home sells as quickly and as profitably as possible by giving it a facelift. Sellers should focus on [...]

Real Estate Jargon, Explained

November 11, 2014

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It pre-dates “textese” and pager codes, but even to individuals familiar with those modern informal languages, real estate lingo may still be incomprehensible. There are two types of real estate slang: the acronyms used in ads (of which there are over 6,000) and the daily jargon used by real estate industry professionals in their work. [...]

Selling Your Home: 3 Must-Knows Before You List

September 12, 2014

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Sometimes the hardest part of selling a home is making the decision to sell it. Our homes give us roots, provide sanctuary, house memories and, hopefully, give us some financial security. It’s a huge decision to sell a home. Once made, however, additional decisions will come fast and furious, so take some time now, before [...]

Measuring the Value of a View

August 1, 2014

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Suppose you own a castle on the flats and your brother owns one high atop a hill that features amazing, unobstructed views. Aside from location, the two castles are identical. Which one has the higher resale value? If you guessed that it’s the hilltop castle, you are correct. When valuing two similar pieces of property, [...]

3 Tips for Moving With Kids

July 18, 2014

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If ogres are like onions, so is moving. As Shrek says, “They both have layers.” Moving is complex. Add a layer of children and it becomes even more challenging. Some of their anxieties and fears over relocating may seem petty to adults, but they are nevertheless real. You could probably tell your children they are [...]