Five Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

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  • Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale 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.
  • 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...
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What is Appraised Value?

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The subject of appraisals has been in the news recently.  Here is information for you to help clarify the topic.

 

  • Appraisals provide an objective opinion of value, but it’s not an exact science so appraisals may differ.

 

  • For buying and selling purposes, appraisals are usually based on market value — what the property could probably be sold for. Other types of value include insurance value, replacement value, and assessed value for property tax purposes.

 

  • Appraised value is not a...
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Understand Agency Relationships

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The following is reprinted with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

It’s important to understand what legal responsibilities your real estate salesperson has to you and to other parties in the transaction. Ask what type of agency relationship your agent has with you:

Seller’s representative (also known as a listing agent or seller’s agent)

A seller’s agent is hired by and represents the seller. All fiduciary duties are owed to the seller. The agency relationship usually is created by a listing contract.

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Preparing Your Home for the Spring Market

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 Below are five steps that you can take before putting your home on the market.

 

  • Have a pre-sale home inspection.   Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale 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.

 

  • Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other ki...
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Why You Should Work With a REALTOR®

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Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®.   The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.   Here are five reasons why it pays to work with a REALTOR®.

1.  You’ll have an expert to guide you through the process.   Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page settlement statements.   A knowle...

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Questions to ask when Choosing a REALTOR®

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Home ownership is a significant investment for most.  It is very important to obtain sound and professional advice in any real estate transaction.   Below is a list of questions to help guide you in chosing your own real estate professional.

 1.  How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job?    While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job.

2.  How many homes did ...

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