Do You Owe Taxes After Selling Your Home?

Selling a home is a big financial transaction. In most cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars move between banks, title companies, buyers, sellers, and agents. After the dust settles, you can find yourself with a substantial tax bill. However, in many cases you won’t owe a cent. Continue reading

5 Surprising Factors Affecting Your Home’s Value

Hidden factors that can hurt your home's value

It is common knowledge that factors such as location, neighborhood schools, and the age of the house itself will affect the overall value of your home. When it comes time to consider selling, it is important to keep these in mind as well as making the necessary appliance upgrades and infrastructure updates. What many don’t know, however, are the hidden factors that can oftentimes negatively impact your home’s value. Below are five such surprising kickers. Continue reading

5 Easy and Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas

Easy and inexpensive home staging tips

Getting your home ready for sale can involve major effort and expense. Before you even look into hiring real estate agents, you may have to contend with replacing roofing or fixing code violations.

When it comes to home staging, you might not have a ton of money at your disposal. Here are just a few easy and inexpensive ideas that can help you to stage your home for a speedy sale. Continue reading

How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

Aside from finding the right Realtor, you will need to follow these steps outlined in order to best prepare to sell your home.

It’s time to move. That means it’s time to get your home ready for the housing market. You’re going to need to do some work both inside and out to make it the most desirable and sought-after listing among all buyers who are looking for a home. Continue reading

Real Estate Disclosure Rules: Hauntings, Ghosts, Ghouls, Murders, and Suicides

Haunted House

Real estate disclosure rules are quite clear and extensive for physical property characteristics, but there is a little more gray area around homes that could be haunted or the site of a death. If you are selling, what do you have to tell the buyer, and what can you keep quiet? The answer, it turns out, depends on your state.

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How to Avoid Seller’s Remorse After You List Your Home

Hiring the best real estate agent will ensure you don't feel seller's remorse both before and after you successfully sell your home.Seller’s remorse. It can be much tougher to reverse than if you are on the other side of the transaction. If a buyer gets cold feet, there are often stipulations in a contract to allow for the sale to be voided. But what if you’re the seller and you’re feeling like you’ve made a big mistake? Continue reading

How to Make Your Home the One That Buyers Want

How do you make your home the one buyers want? Once you've found a Realtor to help you out, there are a few details you should attend to.Once you’ve purchased a home you are pretty much stuck with the neighborhood, the schools, and the proximity to amenities like shopping, entertainment, and public transportation that are in your area. Hopefully you considered these elements with one of the best estate agents before buying.

When it comes time to sell your home, however, you’ll want to do all you can to ensure that your house is attractive to buyers. This includes not only the appearance of your property, but also what makes it better than comparable properties on the market. Continue reading

Home Staging Infographic – Easy, Quick Tips You Can Do

Staging helps you show off your house’s best features while minimizing it’s shortcomings.  Not only do the rewards of staging a home give higher returns per dollar spent, but it could also shorten the time your home sits on the market.  On average, sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home. As this infographic below shows, the following five golden rules of home staging will help you show off its best assets: Continue reading