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The Answer Book for Sellers

Navigate a Short Sale

HOW TO Navigate a Short Sale Be prepared for a lengthy waiting period. Even if you’re well organized and have all the documents in place, short sales can still be a long process. Waiting for your lender’s review of the short-sale package can take several weeks or even months. The length varies by lender and […]


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Prepare for a Short Sale

HOW TO    Prepare for a Short Sale A short sale is one where the net proceeds from the sale won’t cover your total mortgage obligation and closing costs, and you don’t have other sources of money to cover the deficiency. It’s significantly different from a foreclosure, which is when your lender takes the title of […]


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About the Appraisal Process

WHAT TO KNOW About the Appraisal Process Once you are under contract, the buyer’s lender will send out an appraiser to make sure the purchase price is in line with the property’s value. Appraisals help guide mortgage terms. The appraised value of a home is an important factor in the loan underwriting process. Although lenders […]


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Use Feng Shui Concepts in Staging

HOW TO Use Feng Shui Concepts in Staging Feng Shui is a Chinese system of beliefs that govern spatial arrangement in relation to the flow of energy or “life force” (known as chi or qi) in a building. Learn how to appeal to buyers who follow such principles. Chi flows in. Pay special attention to […]


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For Better a Home Showing

CHECKLIST For Better a Home Showing Remove clutter. Clear off counters and pack unnecessary decorative items. Put extra furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season items. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too. Let it shine. Cleaning windows and screens will help bring more light into your home. Replace burnt bulbs, and consider higher wattage […]


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Attract More Buyers

HOW TO Attract More Buyers These tips will help you convince buyers your property offers top value for their dollar. Amp up curb appeal. Look at your home objectively from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, and house number. Observe how your window treatments look from […]


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Prepare for the Photoshoot

HOW TO Prepare for the Photoshoot With the majority of buyers shopping for homes online, high-resolution slide shows and video tours are a must. Here’s how to make your home shine on camera. Understand the camera’s perspective. The camera’s eye is different from the human eye. It magnifies clutter and poor furniture arrangement so that […]


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Clean When Your Home is For Sale

HOW TO Clean When Your Home is For Sale Executing a deep clean before putting your home on the market will not only help it shine, but it will make tidiness easier to maintain between showings. Here are some power-cleaning tips to try. Clean windows make a huge difference.   Remove window screens and place […]


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Add Curb Appeal

HOW TO Add Curb Appeal Trim bushes and branches so they don’t block windows or architectural details. Set a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch or front walkway. Install new, matching locks and knobs on your front door. Repair any cracks or holes in the driveway, and clean […]


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Hire a Remodeling Contractor

HOW TO Hire a Remodeling Contractor Shop around for the right company. Get at least three written estimates. Ask for and check references. If possible, look at jobs the contractor recently completed. Check with your local chamber of commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary licenses and […]


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