Tips on selling your home, 2008
Aside from the necessary intrusions, the most inconvenient aspect of having your house on the market may well be keeping the house in showing condition. Read more.
I am primarily a listing agent, and certainly understand there are times when restrictions are necessary due to special circumstances such as a baby, home schooling, elderly or sick occupants, etc. However, if a home is difficult is to show, you may find that your pool of buyers is considerably smaller, simply due to scheduling conflicts or incompatibilities. Read more.
When your house is on the market, it's important to be flexible with your showing times. Part of that flexibility is having the capacity to disappear when an agent brings potential buyers to look at your house—it's just better if you can leave the house while prospective buyers browse. Read more.
"Now's not the best time … can we set something up for later?"—these are words that a buyer and his agent do not want to hear when they're out looking for a property. Read more.
So you've accepted your new job and have moved on to your new life in a different city. Read more.
When your home is on the market, a prospective buyer may come at you with a lowball offer. It's hard to not get offended because you love your house, but you should keep emotion out of it. Remember that this is a business transaction and there are many reasons a buyer might present such an offer. Read more.
There are many factors that can affect the sale of your home. Many of these, like interest rates, number of buyers, and amount of competing inventory, are simply out of your control. There are, however, things that you can do to improve the chances your home will sell quickly—one of them is to give the place a fresh coat of paint. Read more.
There's so much information on the Internet. Literally thousands of real estate sites are out there—all of them with some combination of raw data, opinions, and informative tips for selling your home. Some of these sites proclaim or insinuate that you are better-off selling your home by yourself—without professional representation. With all the available tools, you may be successful. Just remember … it doesn't take much of a misstep to cost yourself thousands of dollars and a lot of aggravation. Consider a Texas REALTOR® to help you navigate a 21st century real estate transaction. Read more.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, you may be able to make up to a $250,000 gain on the sale of your home and not have to pay capital-gains taxes. That figure increases to $500,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. Read more.
When you're selling your house, you obviously want it to stand out. A reasonably easy and relatively inexpensive way to accomplish this may be to invest a little work in the landscaping and the yard. Read more.
The kitchen could be the most important room in a house. Maybe it's the warmth and pleasant smells, maybe it's because there's always activity, or maybe it's something else—whatever the case, many of our memories from our homes originate in the kitchen. Buyers are not ignorant to this fact. The kitchen can be of key importance in not only the amount of an offer, but maybe even getting an offer.
While it's certainly not common, there are reports of sellers' possessions disappearing during a showing. When you list your house and are expecting potential buyers, it's wise to take steps that protect your belongings and, more importantly, your privacy. Read more.