Is Your Buyer Qualified?

 Unless the buyer who makes an offer on your home has the resources to qualify for a mortgage, you may not really have a sale. If possible, try to determine a buyer’s financial status before signing the contract. Ask the following:  1. Has the buyer been prequalified or preapproved (even better) for a mortgage? Such […]

How to Prepare for the Open House

 Advertise your open house. Ideally you should advertise both the weekend before and the weekend of the open house. Check with the local paper to see when their ad closing deadlines are.  Create a property summary sheet. This sheet gives prospective buyers an overview of your home. Include dimensions for each room, copies of a […]

How to Improve the Odds of an Offer

 1. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range.  2. Prepare for visitors. Get your house market ready at least two weeks before you begin showing it.  3. Be flexible about showings. It’s often disruptive to have a house ready to show at the spur of the […]

How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale

 Garage sales can be a great way to get rid of clutter — and earn a little extra cash — before you sell your home. But make sure the timing is right. Garage sales can take on a life of their own, and it might not be the best use of your energy right before […]

12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

 Get at least three written estimates.  Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed.  Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.  Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.  Make as small of a down payment as […]

12 questions to ask when choosing a REALTOR®

 Make sure you choose a REALTOR® who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs.  1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job.  2. What […]

8 reasons why you should work with a REALTOR®

 Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Here are five reasons why it pays to work with a REALTOR®.  1. Navigate a complicated process. […]

8 Quick Fixes to Increase Value

 To attract buyers, sellers must up the ante to convince them that their property offers what many want most — top value for dollar expended. Here are eight fast fixes:  1. Buff up curb appeal. You’ve heard it before, but it’s critical to get buyers to want to look on the inside. Be objective. View […]

5 things to do before putting your home on the market

 1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.  2. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter […]

Moving With Pets

 Moving to a new home can be stressful on your pets, but there are many things you can do to make the process as painless as possible. Experts at The Pet Realty Network in Naples, Fla., offer these helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping pets safe during the move.  1. Update your pet’s […]