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  • I am thinking of selling my home, what things should I do.

    1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Don't be surprised, be proactive by arranging for a home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin. 2. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine. 3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin. 4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. 5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is it uncluttered and does it look fresh and inviting. If you can answer no to any of these questions, then it is time to get busy.

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  • I want to sell my house, but I don't want to give it away. What should I list it for. I want to be able to pay off my bills and my car and have a nice down payment on something else.

    Whoa, Ok this is the answer you are not going to want to hear, but better to say it now, then for you to suffer and find out for yourself. I see people do this way too often. You can never try to determine a list price but what you want to spend the money on. Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for. Buyers are not stupid, they usually see so much of the real estate inventory and follow what things sell for that they know what price a property should go for. Over the years I have learned one very true fact. Any house will sell in any market as long as the house is presentable, marketed right and most of all priced right. Do yourself a favor and pretend you are a buyer for 2 weeks. Find out what has sold and what it sold for. Not just what someone listed it for. A good portion of the homes on the market start out over priced. Take a look at the sold listings and find out a history on them. Did they start out 200k higher and go through 10 price changes before selling. Do your homework, the buyers looking at your home have. Find out what it can realistically sell for and then decide if it is worth it to you to sell.

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