Questions to ask When Choosing a Realtor
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How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? Like most professions, experience is no guarantee of skill. But much of real estate is learned on the job. How many homes did you and...
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Home Seller Checklist: For the New Home Owners
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Before the property changes hands, consult this list to make sure these items are transferred with the house. Owner’s manuals and warranties for any appliances left in the house. Garage door opener(s). Extra set of house keys. Other keys. Think...
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Worksheet: Calculate Capital Gains on the Sale of Your Home
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When you sell a stock, you owe taxes on the difference between what you paid for the stock and how much you got for the sale. The same holds true in home sales, but there are other considerations. How to...
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How to Move with Pets
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Update your pet’s tag with your new address. Make sure your pet’s collar is sturdy and correctly sized. The tag should also include your mobile number and e-mail address so that you can be reached during the move. Request veterinary...
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Home Moving Tips: How to Pack Like a Pro
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Plan ahead. Develop a master to-do list so you won’t forget something critical heading into moving day. This will also help you create an estimate of moving time and costs. Discard items you no longer want or need. Ask yourself...
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Checklist: Prepare for Your Move after the Sale of Your Home
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Update your mailing address at usps.com or fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office. Change your address with important service providers, such as your bank(s), credit companies, magazine subscriptions, and others. Create a list of people who...
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Home Selling Transaction Documents Vocabulary
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Property disclosure form This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property. Your real estate agent will let you know if there is a special form required in your state. Purchasers’ access to premises agreement This agreement...
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Worksheet: Track Closing Costs of a Home Sale
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Be prepared and know who’s responsible for the variety of fees and expenses at the closing table.   BUYER COST SELLER COST OTHER Down payment       Loan origination       Points paid to receive a lower interest...
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How to Recognize a Qualified Home Buyer
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Offers can be exciting, but unless your potential buyer has the resources to qualify for a mortgage, you may not really have a sale. Your real estate professional will try to determine a buyer’s financial status before you sign the...
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How to Improve the Odds of an Offer on Your Home for Sale
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Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. Consider: Comparable properties: A “comp” is what real estate professionals call home sales that can be reasonably used to help determine the price of...
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