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The Answer Book for Sellers

7 most important repairs
to do before selling your home

Your home must be in tip-top shape — but you don’t want to overspend on home improvements. The key is to focus on the most important repairs to make before selling a house to ensure every dollar you spend supports a higher asking price. Smaller and less expensive updates in combination with good staging will have […]


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Step by Step Guide To Selling your Home

Selling your home is a complex process. It’s easy to make costly mistakes You need an expert guide to be sure that you don’t make any costly mistakes along the way. This article is just an introduction to the steps you must take to sell your home for the highest possible price in the shortest […]


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For the New Owners

CHECKLIST For the New Owners Before the property changes hands, consult this list to make sure these items are transferred with the house. Owner’s manuals and warranties for any appliances left in the house. Garage door opener(s). Extra set of house keys. Other keys. Think beyond the front doors; do you have any cabinets or […]


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Move With Pets

HOW TO Move With Pets Update your pet’s tag with your new address. Make sure your pet’s collar is sturdy and correctly sized. The tag should also include your mobile number and e-mail address so that you can be reached during the move. Request veterinary records. Ask your current vet to send your pet’s medical […]


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Pack Like a Pro

HOW TO Pack Like a Pro Plan ahead. Develop a master to-do list so you won’t forget something critical heading into moving day. This will also help you create an estimate of moving time and costs. Discard items you no longer want or need. Ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you’d […]


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Prepare for Your Move

CHECKLIST Prepare for Your Move Update your mailing address at usps.com or fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office. Change your address with important service providers, such as your bank(s), credit companies, magazine subscriptions, and others. Create a list of people who will need your new address. Whether you plan on sending […]


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Transaction Documents

VOCABULARY Transaction Documents Property disclosure form This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property. Your real estate agent will let you know if there is a special form required in your state. Purchasers’ access to premises agreement This agreement sets conditions for permitting the buyer to enter your home for activities […]


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Track Closing Costs

WORKSHEET Track Closing Costs Be prepared and know who’s responsible for the variety of fees and expenses at the closing table.   BUYER COST SELLER COST OTHER Down payment       Loan origination       Points paid to receive a lower interest rate       Home inspection       Appraisal   […]


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Recognize a Qualified Buyer

HOW TO Recognize a Qualified Buyer Offers can be exciting, but unless your potential buyer has the resources to qualify for a mortgage, you may not really have a sale. Your real estate professional will try to determine a buyer’s financial status before you sign the contract. But it’s good for you to know what […]


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Improve the Odds of an Offer

HOW TO Improve the Odds of an Offer Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. Consider: Comparable properties: A “comp” is what real estate professionals call home sales that can be reasonably used to help determine the price of your home. But just because you’re in […]


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