selling your home: Thinking of Selling Your House? You Don’t Have to Wait! - 08/21/19 07:45 AM
With autumn fast approaching, you may think that you should wait until next spring or summer to sell your house.  While it is true that the warmer months are popular for home sales, that doesn’t mean autumn is a bad time to sell.  Some buyers, such as empty nesters and millennials, prefer shopping for a home when there is less competition from people trying to move before the beginning of the school year.  So, if you would like to sell your house before winter, here are some tips for making it attractive to buyers during autumn:
Keep the exterior of your … (1 comments)

selling your home: What You Need to Know About Selling a Home When Divorcing - 08/07/19 05:29 AM
Moving is one of the top five most stressful life events. Divorce ranks in the top five as well.   Put those two together and you have a meltdown in the making.  If you and your spouse own a home together and you are divorcing, you are going to have to figure out what you’re going to do about the house.  This can be challenging under the most amicable of situations and can be devastating when there is bitterness and fighting.
Since your home is likely the greatest asset that you share, selling it is often necessary when parting ways.  Sentimental value may … (0 comments)

selling your home: 5 Tips for Selling a Home Out of State - 07/24/19 11:15 AM
Best case scenario – you sell your old home and buy your new one at the same time. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out that way. Chances are you might find yourself in your new dream home while still having a house several states away that needs to be sold.  Selling a house from out of state has its challenges, especially when you are unpacking a new home, settling into a new job and establishing your routine in a new place.  But making a successful sale is not impossible.  Here are 5 tips to help you sell your home from out … (1 comments)

selling your home: Listing Your House for Sale? Fix it Up First! - 07/10/19 11:04 AM
If you want the best price for your house, you may have to do some repairs before selling it. Potential buyers will be willing to spend more for a home that doesn’t need a lot of work.  Here are 5 important things to fix before selling:
Exterior - When was the last time the exterior of your house was painted?  Is the paint faded and chipping?  Is wood rotting around the windows?  Is your front door dingy?  First impressions matter when it comes to selling your home and buyers will get their first impression when they see the outside of your house, … (0 comments)

selling your home: Staging Your Home on a Budget - 06/12/19 07:24 AM
Chances are, if you are getting ready to sell your home, you are also preparing to purchase a new home. So, the last thing you want to do is spend more money on your current property.  However, you certainly want to get the best price possible when selling it, and per the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400. As you can see, it will pay off in the end to stage your home to entice potential buyers.
Some people will hire a certified staging professional to get the job done.  While it might … (0 comments)

selling your home: A Guide to Selling with Children in the House - 05/04/19 04:23 AM
​Selling a home can be challenging.  There are so many things to consider. Between scheduling last minute showings and keeping your house in "staged-perfect condition" at all times, the stress can be overwhelming.  Now toss in a kid…or two…or three. Summer is almost here and that means kids won’t be in school, which makes keeping your home in pristine, “show-ready” shape is all the more difficult.  So, how do you cope with it all?  First, take a deep, cleansing breath.  Now…follow the advice of people who have been there, done that.  You CAN do this!
Make packing and moving an adventure! Once … (0 comments)

selling your home: Your Guide to a Successful Home Showing - 04/23/19 10:13 AM
When your home is for sale and potential buyers are coming to see it, it’s vital that they not only feel comfortable in the home, but that they can envision it as their own. Here are some tips for showing your house that will help engage buyers emotionally and leave them feeling like they have found their future home.
Make them feel WELCOME!      The buyer may be a guest in your home, but don’t make them feel like an intruder.The idea is for them to be able to imagine it as their own.Leave the house while they are looking so … (3 comments)

selling your home: A Guide to Home-Selling During Spring - 03/22/19 12:11 PM
Spring is a great time to sell a house.  In fact, per a Zillow study, homes listed between May 1 through May 15 sold, on average, around 18.5 days faster than homes not listed during this period.  Add this to the fact that the largest number of buyers are actively searching for homes in the months of April, May and June and you will see that getting your property on the market this time of year is a must!  This is especially true right now because interest rates are still relatively low.  Here are some tips that will help your house … (0 comments)

selling your home: Renovating Before Selling - Worth it or Not? - 04/05/18 08:40 AM
If you are preparing to list your house for sale, you may be wondering if the financial reward will be worth the time, effort and money to fix up things that are in disrepair or that are dated.  The answer to that question depends on a myriad of circumstances such as the current real estate market, the condition of competing inventory and whether the renovations that need to be made generally provide a return on investment.
Some home buyers are looking to purchase a "Fixer Upper". They are looking for properties priced to sell, perhaps because they don’t qualify for more expensive homes or … (0 comments)

selling your home: Help Your House Sell By Staging Your Basement - 10/03/16 05:27 AM
If you have your house on the market you likely already have everything arranged neatly and perfectly throughout the house.  However, the one area of your home that you may have forgotten about is the basement.  Below are a few tips for staging your basement so that those who come to tour your home may be more willing to make an offer. 
 One tip for staging your basement to make it “show” ready is to pick up all of the clutter off the floor.  Most of the time when folks have a basement in their home they tend to use it as a … (1 comments)

selling your home: Ins And Outs Of Negotiating - 07/20/15 12:57 AM
If you’re a seller of a home you need to understand the complexities of negotiating. This is particularly true if you are attempting to sell your home by yourself. This is known as a “for sale by owner” or FSBO.
Most people understand that selling a home is complicated. But just about the least understood component of being a seller is the need to do a lot of negotiating. Even if you are working with a Realtor it is good to know what is going on, often behind the scenes. Why? So you have an appreciation of what the Realtor is doing for … (0 comments)

selling your home: 5 Tips For Selling Your Home This Spring - 05/01/15 03:31 AM
Selling your home can be as easy as one, two, three!  Here we are going to give you a few tips and ideas to make selling your home a bit easier this spring.  If you are willing to take these tips and tricks to heart and do your part to do them to the best of your ability, you will likely reap the rewards of doing so.  Get ready to sell your home this year and move on to your dream home!
Make sure that you have done your part to make the outside of your home look nice.   A fresh coat of … (6 comments)

selling your home: 6 Tips For a Quick Home Sale - 04/17/14 02:14 AM
If you're looking to sell your Montgomery AL home in today’s real estate market, you have most likely already read numerous articles advising you to set a realistic price, pay attention to curb appeal, thoroughly clean and de-clutter, remove large pieces of furniture, repaint in neutral colors, remove personal mementos, and the like.  All of this information is valid and useful, but there are other, less-publicized ways to appeal to potential buyers.  Read on for some creative tips on how to generate interest and get the best price possible.
Arrange for a pre-listing home inspection.  In addition to facilitating the sale … (0 comments)

selling your home: How To Make Your Montgomery Home Inviting To Buyers - 10/12/10 01:00 PM
Although the interior of your home may be lovely, you can't use that fact to your advantage if potential buyers don't come inside to see it. The majority of house shoppers are influenced by first impressions, and, according to the National Association of Realtors, nearly 50% of them make their decision about your Montgomery home before stepping through the door. Ensuring that prospective buyers will want to see more doesn't have to be time-consuming or cost-prohibitive; there are numerous ways to strengthen your home's curb appeal, to capture the interest of buyers, and most likely increase the selling value.
When selling … (1 comments)

selling your home: Will You Owe Capital Gains When Selling Your Montgomery Home - 03/30/10 11:48 PM
Something to consider when selling your home is the Capital Gains ramifications. Will you owe Uncle Sam money after the sale of your Montgomery home? Capital Gains are calculated as the difference between what you paid for your property and what you sell it for. Here is how you calculate your Capital Gains.
Calculating Capital Gains
(+) PURCHASE PRICE - Price paid for property
(+) COST OF PURCHASE - Transfer fees, attorney fees, inspections
(+) COST OF SALE - Repairs, commissions, attorney fees, inspections
(+) COST OF IMPROVEMENT - Room additions, deck, for example, though not replacing existing
(=) ADJUSTED COST … (1 comments)

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