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
How do I avoid capital gains tax on the sale of a second home? This reader sold their second home and wants to know how to reduce capital gains tax. Q: I sold my second home last year. I had owned that home for many years. I bought a new one at a higher price. [...]
Should I get an appraisal before listing my house? Pros and cons to getting your home appraised before putting the property up for sale. Q: I think you’re doing a disservice to your readers concerning listing your home with real estate agents. The best thing a homeowner/seller can do is spend the $350 or $450 [...]
What you should know about pocket listings. Who does this real estate market trend benefit most and why is this reader annoyed by it? Q: I’m annoyed with some of the things I see going on in the real estate market, including pocket listings. Sellers should avoid brokerages that list properties internally before they are [...]
Is my real estate agent doing a good job? This reader feels like their agent didn't fully explain the process of selling their home and all their options. Q: I sold my dad’s house late last year and feel like I was taken advantage of by my agent and my real estate attorney, who was [...]
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.