Tag: home sellers

  • 4 Common Ways Home-Sellers Kill a Deal

    4 Common Ways Home-Sellers Kill a Deal

    From divulging too much information to unwittingly making their home less attractive, here are mistakes sellers often make. Continue Reading

  • 3 Keys to Selling a Home in 2014

    3 Keys to Selling a Home in 2014

    If you plan to sell your home in 2014, be aware that buyers are savvier than ever, and they're not desperate. Continue Reading

  • Home Inspections for Sellers: Why It Can Be Worth It

    Why Would a Seller Want to Pay for a Home Inspection?

    A home inspection can cost as much as $500, but real estate experts say it’s a great way to take any of the unknowns out of the home selling equation. Continue Reading

  • 5 Best Cities to Sell a Home Right Now

    5 Best Cities to Sell a Home Right Now

    Is it a seller's market? Got to these five cities, and it's pretty clear: It sure is. In these markets, home prices are on a steady track upward, inventory is falling, and that's making it tough for buyers to win bidding wars. Hey, that's great for sellers. They can get higher bids on their homes, and with fewer... Continue Reading

  • Homebuying Advice: What to Know About Today's Sellers

    Home Buying Advice: What to Know About Today's Sellers

    You might have an easier time buying a home if you know these three things about sellers' state of mind. Continue Reading

  • 11 Things Today's Home Sellers Must Do

    11 Things Today's Home Sellers Must Do

    The environment for home sales becomes more difficult with each passing month. Some estimates put 11.1 million mortgages, about 23 percent of the U.S. total, underwater, meaning that homeowners owe their banks more than the underlying properties are worth. Home foreclosures reached 212,764 in July. The number... Continue Reading

  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Home Sellers, According to Agents

    The 7 Deadly Sins of Home Sellers, According to Agents

    Every industry has certain things that raise the blood pressure of its practitioners, or in some extreme cases, causes them to buy little dolls and a set of stick pins. Real-estate agents are no exception. Given that they work on commission and often spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars marketing a home... Continue Reading

  • Buy Me! 5 Creative Ways to Land a Home Sale This Spring

    Buy Me! 5 Creative Ways to Land a Home Sale This Spring

    Spring home selling season is upon us, and there are more homes on the market this year than ever before. According to reports from the National Association of Realtors and CoreLogic, more than a year's worth of homes are for sale or in the foreclosure pipeline. With so many homes available, homeowners need to... Continue Reading

  • Curb Appeal: The Seller's Edge in Today's Market

    Curb Appeal: The Seller's Edge in Today's Market

    Curb appeal is an important factor in today's housing market and can mean the difference between selling your home or having it linger on the market. While early signs point to the real estate market beginning to improve, there is still a huge inventory of homes on the market for potential buyers to choose... Continue Reading

  • Home Sales Lukewarm, As Mortgage Applications Decline

    Home Sales Lukewarm, As Mortgage Applications Decline

    Not so fast, home sellers. The rush to buy a house is a nonstarter so far this spring. As evidence, the latest mortgage application figures show a 0.7 percent drop in volume last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Despite a fall in 30-year fixed-rate interest rates to 4.79 percent from 4.93... Continue Reading

  • Home Inspections: What to Do Before Selling This Spring

    Home Inspections: What to Do Before Selling This Spring

    With the spring homebuying season rapidly approaching, home inspections are a must -- for the seller. "If you have maintained your home while living there it will be a smoother [buyer's] inspection," says Bryan Felder, a broker with The Virginia Realty Group in Chantilly, Va. It's not a bad idea to do a home... Continue Reading

  • Home Listings Slide: Good News, Sellers?

    Home Listings Slide: Good News, Sellers?

    For the first time in nine months, several U.S. housing markets saw a drop in home listings -– but what does that mean for hard-luck homesellers? The number of homes listed for sale in 26 major metropolitan areas dropped an average 3.3 percent in October, the first month-over-month drop since January,... Continue Reading

  • Apple Gives Homeowners Deal of a Lifetime

    Apple Gives Homeowners Deal of a Lifetime

    Talk about price appreciation. Donnie and Kathy Fulbright bought a one-story house on less than an acre in Maiden, N.C., for $6,000 34 years ago, and they recently sold it for $1.7 million. The new owner? Apple Inc. What does the Cupertino, Calif., maker of iPods and iPads need acreage in rural North Carolina... Continue Reading

  • 'General Hospital' Star-Turned-Realtor Offers Homebuyers Advice

    'General Hospital' Star-Turned-Realtor Offers Homebuyers Advice

    Fans of General Hospital will probably recognize the man in this photo as Alan Quartermaine, the always charming but sometimes scheming doctor and member of one the wealthiest families in the fictional city of Port Charles. What he now hopes for you to recognize him as is a successful Realtor of multimillion... Continue Reading

  • 'Sexy' Homes Spice Up North Carolina Market

    'Sexy' Homes Spice Up North Carolina Market

    A Charlotte, N.C. real estate firm says business is booming, thanks to their sexy new marketing plan that involves hiring models to pose in listings photos of luxury homes. During the boom years of 2006 and 2007, Peters and Associates Real Estate was the No.1 seller of high-end homes in the Charlotte region.... Continue Reading

  • Sellers Cut Prices on 50% of Homes

    Sellers Cut Prices on 50% of Homes

    Homeowners are slashing prices more drastically and more frequently, according to recently released data from ZipRealty. The average price reduction is now 7.1 percent of list price. List prices dipped about $19,000 in August compared with July, across the 26 markets studied. On average, sellers made two price... Continue Reading

  • Home Appraisals for Sellers

    Home Appraisals for Sellers

    When Chris M. decided to list his home in upstate New York and move closer to Manhattan to ease his wife's commute to her new job, he ran into a major hurdle: "There was no consensus among the agents we spoke with about what our house was worth," he said. The solution? Hire a local appraiser to handle the job of... Continue Reading

  • Open House: When It's Worth It -- or Not

    Open House: When It's Worth It -- or Not

    To help sell her Austin, Texas condo, Tara Akins held a series of weekend open houses. Despite the fact that they were "well attended," according to her real estate agent, the eventual buyer came not from one of the open houses but through a private showing. For many sellers, that's how the home-selling process... Continue Reading