First-time Seller's Guide to Real Estate, Part 1 by victormakras

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Selling a home is hard work. Setting a price, making repairs, and cleaning the home to make it presentable are just a few of the steps. Our guide walks first-time sellers through the entire procedure.

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									First-time Seller's Guide to Real Estate, Part 1

Selling a home is hard work. Setting a price, making repairs, and cleaning the home to
make it presentable are just a few of the steps. Our guide walks first-time sellers
through the entire procedure.

Tip #1: Find a Real Estate Agent
Real estate agents are just as well versed in selling homes as they are in helping
individuals buy them. Research local agents, interview them over the phone and in
person, then choose one to help you through the selling process.

Tip #2: Stay Confident
Many believe selling a home in today's market is more difficult than ever before.
Statistically, this is not true: thousands of homes are sold every day. The key is staying
confident and making sure your home is in the best shape possible when it goes up for
sale.

Tip #3: Set a Selling Goal
Though you might not think so, aiming for the highest sale price and highest price at
closing are two different objectives. Some buyers will try to negotiate for extra terms
such as replacement flooring. You can concede to such requests, but realize that those
costs will come out of your pocket. Make sure your home is in the best condition
possible, and be sure to consider extra repairs that can cut into your bottom line.

Tip #4: Get to Cleaning
Make no mistake, the real estate market is tight, and buyers are fastidious in choosing
homes. If you want to sell your home, you must go above and beyond in your
preparation: throw out items you do not want or need, clean and organize every room,
paint walls in need of a fresh coat, and most importantly, make a list of maintenance
issues and see that they are taken care of prior to showing your home. For a neat and
spacious home appearance, pack and store extra items you do not need. Buyers may
be looking for a place to live, but they are also looking for any excuse to ask for a lower
price.

Tip #5: Hire a Home Inspector
Even if you are a maintenance expert, there will likely be home maintenance issues that
are not evident to a non-professional. Buyers will hire home inspectors, and it is their job
to exhaustively search for and point out needed repairs. Hiring your own inspector in
advance can help take care of such problems before they arise.

								
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