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Are there tips for selling a vacant home?

Yes. Once furniture is removed from the home, you will notice all kinds of imperfections you never paid attention to before---rips in the carpet, holes in the walls, and dinginess. In an empty house, everything stands out. What you see is what potential buyers will also see. So you may ...


Should I sell my home first or wait until I have bought another home?

This is a tough decision, but the answer will depend on your personal situation, as well as the condition of the local housing market. ...


What else should I know?

Once your home is available to be shown strive to keep it in tip-top shape. This will require a lot of effort on your part, but you want buyers to feel welcomed and not turned off by unmade beds, cluttered floors, and grungy bathrooms. ...


What should I do to prepare my home for sale?

Start by finding out its worth. Contact a real estate agent for a comparative market analysis, an informal estimate of value based on the recent selling price of similar neighborhood properties. Or get a certified appraiser to provide an appraisal. ...


When is the best time to sell a home?

The best time to sell is when you are ready, or when you must. That is, when you have outgrown the space in your current home, or you prefer to trade down to something smaller. Perhaps your martial status has changed, which necessitates ...


How does the seller determine what rate to provide?

The interest rate on a purchase money note is negotiable, as are the other terms in a seller-financed transaction. To get an idea about what to charge, sellers can check with a lender or mortgage broker to determine current rates on mortgage loans, including second mortgages. ...


Web site Offers Landlords Ways to Check on Problem Renters

RISMEDIA, Nov. 23, 2007-As a landlord, Bob DeCosmo has dealt with his share of problem tenants. He also has grown increasingly frustrated with how difficult it is to evict someone from one of his rental properties. ...


How do I respond to a low-ball offer?

Let your agent know it is too low to warrant a counteroffer and that you are willing to negotiate but only once a more reasonable offer is made. Ask the agent if the buyer was shown comparable market values of similar homes that have recently sold in your area; and ...


Are agents responsible for disclosing material facts?

They can certainly be held accountable, particularly if they had prior knowledge of a material fact or should have known about it. ...


Can the seller also include contingencies in a contract?

Yes. For example, if you decide to sell your existing home first before buying another one, you can make the sale of your home contingent on finding a replacement home. Some sellers opt for this contingency to avoid a double move, such as moving to a hotel or rental until ...


Do I have to consider contingencies made by the buyer?

You can reject, accept, or counter any offer that is presented to you. Most offers include contingencies, which protect the buyer in case something goes wrong. ...


Enhance Basement Areas for Holiday Gatherings

RISMEDIA, Nov. 19, 2007-Often an overlooked area of the house, primarily used for storage, basements are gaining popularity for their many other practical uses. Expanding the living space into the basement can be much more economical than adding another room or floor onto an existing home. Refinishing a basement area ...


How to Find a Professional Roofing Contractor

RISMEDIA, Nov. 15, 2007-Southern California homeowners and building owners looking to repair or replace their damaged roof systems after the recent wildfires should heed this important advice: Insist on a professional. The National Roofing Contractors Association can help you find a professional roofing contractor in your area. Here are some ...


Fall Planting: Time for Trees and Shrubs

By Ellen Russell ...


Home Sellers Throw in Extras to Lure Buyers

RISMEDIA, Nov. 8, 2007-(MCT)-Facing a tough market for selling new homes, Pacific Union Homes tried a new tactic last month -- buy one home, get 1/52 of a second home for free. ...