The Cost of Selling a Home

First-time home sellers are typically in for a bit of a shock when they receive the closing statement. Yikes! It seems like everyone in town has their fingers on part of the proceeds from the sale of the home. From taxes to insurance to real estate fees, what you think you’ll get at closing is…

Home Staging Challenges: The Garage and Backyard

The trick to getting your home sold quickly is to make it appealing to as many people as possible. To that end, one of the tips home sellers most often hear is the importance of curb appeal – making the front of the home so appealing that buyers can’t wait to see the inside. Then…

Ask the Right Questions When Selling a Home

Before you put your home up for sale, before you set a listing price, before you even choose an agent, do your research and ask the vital questions every seller needs to consider before the home-selling process begins. This process can quickly become complicated, but if you enter into selling a home with solid information…

Do People Buy Homes During the Holidays?

Although many homeowners would rather wait to sell their homes until after the New Year, sellers who have already listed their homes may be asking this question: Should I leave my home on the market or take it off during the holiday season? Conventional Wisdom on Selling During the Holidays The general consensus has always…

10 Ways to Make Your Property More Attractive for Homebuyers

With the property market struggling to pick itself up following the global recession, selling your own slice of real estate may be a challenge. How can you make your property stand out in a crowded market where buyers are thin on the ground? Here are 10 useful tips for making your property more sellable and…

16 Tips to Make Moving a Smooth Transition for Your Kids

Moving with children almost always conjures up visions of chaos. But you can alleviate a bit of their stress and your own by involving them in the process. The level of involvement, of course, is up to you. Every child is different, and will react differently to the news that they’re moving. Younger children tend…

Call These 4 Professionals to Improve Your Move

Feeling overwhelmed just thinking about selling one home and moving to another? You are not alone! According to the most recent Census survey, 12 percent of the U.S. population changed residences between 2011 and 2012. In addition to hiring the right real estate agent, you can benefit from the help of some other pros who…

How to Negotiate a Better Deal on a Listing Agreement

The listing agreement that you’ll be asked to sign when you hire a real estate agent to help sell your home is a contract. Once all signatures are in place it’s binding on both parties. What many homeowners don’t understand is that almost everything in this particular contract is negotiable, from how much you agree…

3 Steps to Take Before Listing Your Home for Sale

Those first tentative thoughts about selling your home may bring on a rush of questions: What should I do? Where do I start? Many homeowners are under the misconception that the call to the real estate company is first. While that’s an important part of the process, there are three baby steps you need to…

The Top 7 Reasons Your Home Isn’t Selling

After months of waiting, you’re starting to get anxious. Your house is still on the market, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to budge anytime soon. It is common knowledge that houses that sit on the market too long develop a stigma that nobody wants their home to catch. But you’ve planned carefully, and…