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Cost of a Home Sale: Much More Than the Agent's Fee

Shutterstock By Leonard Baron Many consumers believe that real estate transaction costs are simply the 5 percent to 6 percent of the sales price that the real estate agent earns as commission. But the real costs of selling property are much higher -- especially when viewed as a percentage of earned equity. Avoiding... Continue Reading »

Selling a 'Slightly Haunted' House

Zillow By Erika Riggs Greg Leeson didn't want to call his house haunted, so in his listing, he went for a nonchalant tone: "Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though," he wrote. "When I was writing it, I had been thinking about it, and I went back and forth," Leeson explained. "The way I worded it -- I was trying to... Continue Reading »

Is a Neighbor Hurting Your Home's Value?

A recent survey by Harris Interactive and State Farm Insurance found that 60 percent of Americans have a pet peeve with someone who lives nearby. A bad neighbor "can make your life a total nightmare," says Bob Borzotta, managing editor of, whose message boards contain more than 42,700 posts on... Continue Reading »

Home Staging Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid

In a competitive buyer's market like the one we're in today, home staging is more important than ever. A successful staging can make the difference between a house that moves fast for the right price and one that languishes on the market unsold. But a handful of common mistakes can hamper the best home staging efforts. If... Continue Reading »

The Greener the House, the Quicker the Sale

Green living is more popular than ever, and playing up a home's green features can make all the difference when it comes to making a sale. To be competitive and to ensure you get the best price possible for your home, it makes sense to assess its sustainable, energy-saving features right along with traditional highlights... Continue Reading »

How to Choose a Realtor

Virginia Realtor Lon Crow has firm ideas on how homebuyers should choose a Realtor. And they don't involve calling the agent named at the bottom of a listing. "You have to find someone who will act on your behalf. A listing agent's not going to do that. A listing agent is going to try to get the price that, in theory,... Continue Reading »

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