Selling Your Home

What Not to Update or Fix Before Selling Your Home

If you're preparing to put your house up for sale, you probably have several things on your to-do list. From cleaning and decluttering to staging your house, there are several steps involved in the process, including making a few updates to get your home ready to sell. While certain changes can be worthwhile (think: a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a room), others can end up being costly and unnecessary when it comes to attracting buyers. To help you save time and money, we are sharing what not to fix when selling your home.

Make a Plan With Your Real Estate Agent 

If you aren't sure what changes you should (or shouldn't) make when prepping your home for sale, turn to your real estate agent for guidance. A knowledgeable agent will advise their sellers to focus on making updates that will give them the most return on their investment.

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6 Outdated Habits To Lose If You Plan To Sell Your Home This Year

With a new year comes the urge to kick bad habits to the curb—hence the popularity of “Dry January,” for instance. But too much bubbly is hardly where our vices end.

If you’ve decided to sell your home this year, then it’s high time to make sure you’re in the right mindset to make it happen. Because let’s face it: Even in the best market conditions, selling a home can be a complex and stressful process where sellers might unknowingly make decisions that could backfire and kill the deal.

Here are a few things that should go out with the old year and what to do instead that will get your home sold for the price and terms you want.

Outdated Habit No. 1: Trying to Sell Your House on Your Own

If you believe the home-selling process is as complicated as it is, you might think adding another person to the mix—in...

The Things No One Tells You About Selling Your House

Buying a home is a momentous time in one’s life and, accordingly, congratulatory pats on the back abound — as does unsolicited advice. Everyone has insight about everything from how to pick the perfect house to saving money on home repairs. 

However, there’s not nearly as much fanfare when it comes time to sell your house. In fact, where information was so readily given when you were buying your home, you’ll likely find you have to hunt down advice when you decide to sell. And we’re not just talking about the standard stuff like staging. Rather, here are a few lesser known tidbits that could come in handy.

Yes, you could have to pay taxes on the sale

There’s good news, and there’s bad news. Let’s rip off the Band-Aid and get the bad out of the way, shall we? It’s entirely possible you will have to pay taxes on the sale of your...

Sellers Beware! Five White Lies That Could Hurt Your Chances of Selling Your Home

We’ve all come to accept—and perhaps even expect—some of the “enhanced language” that sellers often use in real estate listings.

You know the ones we’re talking about: “Cozy” can be code for small, “charming” likely means old, “efficient” often stands in for small, and “unique” might suggest it’s hard to sell.

Yes, some sellers use language to smooth over a home’s rough spots. But when homeowners veer into actual untruths, it’s a problem.

It’s one thing to hide clutter and spruce up the living room furniture to prepare the home to sell, but it’s another thing entirely when sellers outright fib to potential buyers. Read on to get the lowdown on how white lies can torpedo a sale.

Fudging the truth or telling a lie?

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The Three Best Practices for Selling Your Home This Year

A new year usually brings with it the opportunity for new experiences. If that resonates with you because you’re considering making a move, you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement over your next home and a sense of attachment to your current one.

A great way to ease some of those emotions and ensure you’re feeling confident in your decision is to keep these three best practices in mind.

1. Price Your Home Right

The housing market shifted in 2022 as mortgage rates rose, buyer demand eased, and the number of homes for sale grew. As a seller, you’ll want to recognize things are different now and price your house appropriately based on where the market is today. Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate, explains:

“Price your home realistically. This isn’t the housing market of April or...

How to Sell Your Home During a Real Estate Slowdown

Selling a home is proving to be not quite as easy as it was last year—or even six months ago, for that matter.

Between the news that we already seem to be slipping into an unofficial recession and a home market slowdown, many sellers are starting to feel like they’re up against an impossible task. The Federal Reserve’s most recent interest rate hike of 0.75% is expected to push up mortgage rates that had already reached a 20-year high, putting further pressure on a stressed market.

But if you’re in a position to sell, there’s absolutely no reason to give up hope!  While you might not be able to bank on receiving multiple offers over your home’s asking price (the way we've seen over the last 2 years); but with a little foresight and strategic thinking, you’ll be scheduling the moving trucks in no time.

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How to Ace a Home Inspection and Sell Your Home Fast

The home inspection can be a particularly stressful part of the home buying process for buyers, but the equally anxious seller might be waiting with bated breath for the results as well. The buyer is typically responsible for scheduling and paying for the home inspection, but if the house is revealed to have major issues, the seller can be on the hook for repairs - or could lose the deal entirely.

When selling a home, one of he most nerve-wracking parts of the process is waiting to see the outcome of the home inspection. Home inspection issues like termite or mold damage can mean the seller will have to shell out money, credits, or concessions to make things right with the buyer. If the...

After You Sell Your House, Make Sure You Do These 10 Things

After you sell your house, you’re done, right? You can walk away and celebrate?

Well, not exactly! After you sell your house, you certainly should celebrate, but you have more things to talk about, from tax prep to buying your next house. 

What to do after you sell your house

You’re going to need to do something with any proceeds you have left from the sale. Plus there are tax implications to consider, and if you haven’t already, you need to think about where you’re going to live long term.

Here are some tips that can help guide you after you sell your house:

1. Keep copies of all paperwork related to the closing and settlement after you sell your house

Although it might be tempting to shred...

How to Sell a Home During a Recession: A Wake-Up Call for Home Sellers Right Now

Fears of a recession are looming large right now - and while we aren’t technically in one yet (that would require two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth), even the possibility of a recession sends worrisome ripples throughout many areas of our lives, and the housing market is no exception.

For homebuyers, a recession could be that final factor that, combined with rising interest rates and high home prices, prompts many to shelve their house hunt until conditions improve. For home sellers, a recession could mean the raging seller’s market they’ve enjoyed for the past two years could be waning, dragging down home prices and profits.

Granted, some of the market changes happening right now can be blamed on the season. And yes, while the market typically relaxes a bit in summer, some are...

Home Sellers Were Spoiled: 5 Rude Awakenings to Brace For If You're Selling Your Home Today

For the past two years, real estate has been in a raging seller’s market. Sellers have been able to expect offers well over the asking price frantic bidding wars, and few if any strings attached. They’ve basically been able to name their price and get it, with some extra to spare.

But those glory days may be coming to an end.

The real estate market is cooling down. Homebuyers have more listings to choose from - but less borrowing power, due to continued high prices and increasing mortgage rates. This means sellers may no be able to whip up those epic offers they’ve heard of and hoped might come their way.

This doesn’t mean sellers can’t still get a decent deal. They can! But if your home-selling fantasies are based on what the market used to be six months earlier,...