Home Selling Tips

Tips for selling your home for the best price in the most reasonable amount of time.

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Renting Out Your Home? What You Need to KnowRenting out a home can be a very lucrative real estate investment. However, renting ones home has its challenges. For homeowners who want to make extra money by renting their property, being prepared is important for success. Here's what you need to know.

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Make Repairs

Many renters want to know that their rental home will be in good condition when they move in. Problems like broken windows, holes in the wall, broken door knobs and other small maintenance issues can dramatically reduce the amount of money that a rental home is worth. In fact, some rental homes that have these problems may be very

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How to Take Pictures for Your Home ListingThe photographs that home sellers use in their listing can help sell their home. The better the pictures, the more buyers the listing may attract. If you're selling your home soon, and whether you take the photos yourself, your agent takes them or a a professional photographer is used, here's what you need to know.

Throw Out the Fuzzy Ones

Poor quality pictures can detract from the beauty of the home, and may even stop buyers from coming to see your property. Sort through all pictures and delete or throw out pictures that are blurry.

Clean Up First

Before taking pictures, home sellers need to clean up inside and outside the home. This is also the time when the home seller should make any cosmetic changes they plan to make before selling

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4 Ways to Evaluate a Purchase OfferOnce a home has been listed for sale, sellers should be ready to look at any purchase offer they receive from a potential buyer. Buyers often include a variety of details in the offer that could be beneficial to the buyer or the seller. People who get several offers at the same time may need to evaluate them quickly and make a decision. This guide identifies common features of purchase offers that sellers should look for, and what they mean for the transaction.

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1. Price

One of the first things sellers look for is the price of the offer. Although this may be the most important aspect of the contract,

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Red Flags When Home SellingSelling a home can be stressful, especially if the buyer is difficult, demanding or unprepared to purchase a home. Homeowners who want to have a positive experience selling their home must be aware of the warning signs that a buyer might potentially be a problem. Once the seller is locked into a contract with a buyer, backing out of the deal can be difficult or impossible. Here's what you need to know.

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Excessive Contingencies

Contingencies are conditions that enable the buyer to back out of the contract without losing earnest money. There are three types of contingencies that are typically included

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Why Use a Drone to Help Market Your Home?A drone can be an effective marketing tool in real estate when used correctly. The video drones capture can inspire more buyers to come to an open house or set up a private showing. While drones have been used in the past to sell luxury homes with acreage, the technology is beginning to look more promising for other types of real estate. There are many ways a home seller can use a drone to their marketing advantage.

The Legalities of Drones

While drones have been the subject of many debates, the FAA declared that they were allowed to be used by real estate agents in 2016. However, there are some restrictions placed on drone use though that sellers must adhere to. For example, the drone can only fly during daylight hours and it cannot fly more

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What Sellers Should Know Before Agreeing to a Short SaleSelling a home for less than what is owed is called a short sale. While homeowners may choose to sell their homes underprice for a variety of reasons, there are a number of restrictions and considerations to keep in mind before selling a short sale. With this information, sellers will understand what a short sale means and what to expect from one.

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Why Do People Choose a Short Sale?

Sometimes, homeowners need to sell a home, but they owe more on the mortgage loan than what the home can sell for. Selling a home for less than what is owed on the loan is called a short sale.

Although homes tend to

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5 Amazing Ways to Market Your HomeSelling a home is different than selling a pint of milk or a designer handbag, but that doesn't mean it won't benefit from thoughtful marketing. No matter what kind of market the seller may be facing, the right marketing can be the key to making the home stand out among its direct competition, which can ultimately push the price up beyond a seller's expectations. The best strategies for selling a home today includes a bit of melding between the old tactics and the new. For a better idea of how to get started, consider the following tips.

Set the Right Price

The first stop for any type of marketing is going to be officially listing the home on the MLS. Some sellers assume they can aim for the moon because they can always drop the price down

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How to Get the Best Offers in a Buyer's MarketSelling in a buyer's market poses its own set of challenges, but the seller still has plenty of control when it comes how buyers view their home. They may have to rethink how they see the market or bend a little on what they may have wanted from the sale, but there are ways to navigate a flooded market. See what a seller can do to influence buyers and sell their home quickly and efficiently.

Understand What's Ahead

The first thing a seller will need to do is mentally prepare themselves for a home sale that may take a little longer or require more effort than expected. Dropping the price or accepting the first offer may be an easy way to handle the process, but it may also lose a seller tens of thousands of dollars at the end of the day.

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Tips for Selling a Home with Unpermitted WorkUnpermitted work can make problems for homeowners. A home with unpermitted work can be hard to insure and may even be unsafe to live in. Sometimes having unpermitted work is the result of hiring unprofessional contractors, and sometimes it's the result of uninformed DIY. Either way, home buyers who want to purchase a home with unpermitted work may even have a hard time getting a mortgage, so selling a home with with this problem can be a challenge. If you're selling a home that has unpermitted construction, knowing your options can help you make a choice that will be profitable during the home sale.

Do You Have to Disclose Unpermitted Work?

If you're aware of unpermitted construction, this must be disclosed at the time that the home is sold.

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How to Catch Roof Damage EarlyTo catch roof damage early, homeowners need to be especially observant and aware of what's happening to their home. An obvious leak is usually a sign that the roof has been unraveling for months (possibly even years) without anyone even noticing. It all starts with understanding the many components of the roof (shingles, flashing, joints, etc.), and how they work together to protect the home. The good news is that making the effort could save a homeowner thousands of dollars worth of repairs.

Checking for Damage

If the homeowner is brave enough, getting on a ladder to check the joints and shingles can give clues as to the condition of the covering. The flashing is the material directly covering the joints of the roof, and any tears in it will

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