On ThinkGlink.com, selling typically refers to selling a home, whether that home is a single-family house, a condominium, a co-op, a townhome, or a vacant piece of land. When you’re selling your home, or any piece of real estate, you need to decide what process you want to follow – whether you want to hire a real estate agent or do a for sale by owner (also known as FSBO). Selling includes, cleaning up and organizing your home, figuring out what the selling price should be, hiring the team you’ll need to sell your property (which might include an agent), potentially staging the home, negotiating the sale and closing on the transaction. Selling also includes getting the word out that your home is for sale by using every marketing means possible, including setting up an individual website for the property, listing it on Craigslist.com, Zillow.com and other sites, telling people at work or in your neighborhood that the property is for sale, and even placing a sign in your front yard. Use
If you're eager to sell your home in a tough housing or real estate market you may want to try an auction. Unlike lotteries, which are illegal, using an auction is an acceptable way to quickly sell your home. To auction your home you need to use a real estate auction company or a website such as eBay.
Have you decided to go with a handyman or contractor for your home repairs instead of DIY? You want to find the best handyman for your home repair job. Check sites like Angie's List or get a referral from a hardware store. Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips video for how to find a handyman to help sell your home faster.
Selling real estate today? In many markets it pays to price the house competitively and make the house look great, regardless of the inventory. Fix up the house, price the house right and compare the house price with what is on the market vs. what houses have been sold. Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment to learn more about what it takes to sell in one California market and how to be competitive.
Whether you're a home seller or real estate agent or broker, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a key tool in the sale of your house. Based on your local realty boards, the MLS lists properties for sale and can be a resource in comparable home sales for real estate agents and home sellers. Learn more about how the MLS works and how to find comparable home sales for your area in this Expert Real Estate Tips segment.
If you own a home, you may be wondering, "should I sell my house?" Consider the current housing market, the credit crisis and whether it's the right time to sell your house. Other factors to consider include unfinished neighborhoods and the effect of foreclosures as well as how long one may want to wait to sell a house in this housing market.
If you're trying to sell your old home to buy a new one but can't, you may want to rent a second home until the real estate market improves. Instead of struggling to pay two mortgages on a primary residence and second home, consider renting the second home. Save up money for a new home purchase while keeping your credit score intact and avoiding foreclosure or a short sale.
A home seller disclosed a basement water problem before closing on her home. The buyer now wants the seller to pay for waterproofing the basement even though the problem was disclosed. Most states have a seller disclosure law for residential real estate transactions that require a seller to disclose to a buyer defects or major problems with a home.
Is a vacant house easier to sell than a furnished house? Vacant homes allow buyers to look at a home without time constraints. Buyers can see the "bones" of the house without furniture and clutter, allowing the buyer to picture himself/herself in the space. Learn more about selling a vacant home by viewing this Expert Real Estate Tips video.
Many people look for fixer upper houses to improve and make their own. Are you considering buying and selling a fixer upper home? View this Expert Real Estate Tips segment to learn more about how to market your fixer upper house for sale.
A home seller worries about her real estate agent changing her approach to selling a home. The real estate agent first said the home "shows well" and is now asking her to declutter her house. The housing market likely changes the approach the real estate agent takes. A good agent may change tactics, such as including staging, as housing market conditions shift.