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Recent blogs on Home Selling
By Bob Elliot, 30+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
In the world of real estate, the term "short sale" often surfaces in conversations, but its meaning and implications might not be immediately clear to everyone. As a real estate agent, it's important to not only understand what a short sale is but also to effectively communicate its potential benefits to your clients. Let's delve into the intricacies of short sales and explore why they might be advantageous for certain buyers.What is a Short Sale?A short sale occurs when a homeowner sells their property for less than the outstanding mortgage balance. In essence, the proceeds from the sale fall short of what the homeowner owes the lender. Short sales typically happen when the homeowner is facing financial hardship and is unable to continue making mortgage payments.Why Would You Want a Sh...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great tips on maximizing tax benefits when selling a residence! Understanding the criteria for capital gains exclusion and adjusting the home's basis can help sellers reduce their tax bill. Thanks for sharing these valuable insights!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Tax Tips for Selling a Residence Discover essential insights about federal tax benefits when selling your primary residence in this recent #GTK blog post. Uncover criteria for minimizing capital gains, learn about tax exclusions, and explore strategies to reduce your tax bill through adjustments to the home’s basis. To claim a tax exclusion, you must have owned the home for at least two years and lived in the home for at least two out of no more than five years of ownership. The tax gain exclusion that’s ...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
Just Sold: 826 Priscilla Lane, Mt. Pleasant Heights in the Hickory Area of Chesapeake.Picture this: a charming brick ranch nestled on just over a 1/3-acre lot in the delightful Mt. Pleasant Heights neighborhood. This home isn't just a house; it's a haven of happiness and good vibes! This gem received so much love that it sold for over the asking price at $417,000! Yep, you read that right—talk about a hot property! And with only one other home sold in the neighborhood in the past six months, it's safe to say Mt. Pleasant Heights is the place to be.Guess what? This isn't just any sale—it's my eighth home sold in the beloved Mt. Pleasant Heights neighborhood! 🏡 Yep, you heard that right. I've been lucky enough to help eight families find their slice of happiness right here, and let me tel...
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By Karen Martin Real estate agent Safe Harbor Realty, Westport, MA Realtor Helping Home Sellers & Buyers
(Safe Harbor Realty )
 Westport, MA Safe Harbor Realty sold 80 G Cummings Lane Westport, MA for $525,000.  This 2 Bed 1 bath Summer Cottage features beautiful Water Views and sunsets on the East Branch of the Westport River.  This waterfront community also offers a shared beach area.Offered at $499,900 The home sellers were Thrilled to get $25,000 over asking price. The home buyers were thrilled to be able to spend their summers on the Westport River.For a list of Waterfront property or Waterview homes in Westport, MA visit www.SafeHarborRealty.net  If you need to sell your home then buy a new home our seasoned real estate agents can help you navigate a seamless transaction visit www.SafeHarborRealty.net   or call us at 774-930-8181***Safe Harbor Realty is a family owned and operated small real estate office...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Tax Tips for Selling a ResidenceDiscover essential insights about federal tax benefits when selling your primary residence in this recent #GTK blog post. Uncover criteria for minimizing capital gains, learn about tax exclusions, and explore strategies to reduce your tax bill through adjustments to the home’s basis.To claim a tax exclusion, you must have owned the home for at least two years and lived in the home for at least two out of no more than five years of ownership. The tax gain exclusion that’s available is $250,000 if you’re single, or $500,000 if you’re married and use a joint tax return. If you sell at a loss, such as a short sale, you can’t deduct the loss from your income, likely because of the many homeownership benefits subsidized by the government, including loan program...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Ready to turn your garage chaos into organized bliss? Follow these tips to transform your garage into a functional haven! And if you don't have a garage and are looking for a home that does, you know who to call – me! #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #realestate #realestateagent #realtor #hometips
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By Jennifer Carstensen -The Real Estate Agency, We specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(The Real Estate Agency (Office License: 265417))
If you’ve been holding off on selling your house to make a move because you felt mortgage rates were too high, their recent downward trend is exciting news for you. Mortgage rates have descended since last October when they hit 7.79%. In fact, they’ve been below 7% for over a month now (see graph below):And while they’re not going back to the 3% we saw during the ‘unicorn’ years, they are expected to continue to go down from where they are now in the near future. As Dean Baker, Senior Economist at the Center for Economic Research, explains:“It also appears that mortgage rates are now falling again. They will almost certainly not fall to pandemic lows, although we may soon see rates under 6.0 percent, which would be low by pre-Great Recession standards.”Here are two reasons why this rece...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Ready to turn your garage chaos into organized bliss? Follow these tips to transform your garage into a functional haven! And if you don't have a garage and are looking for a home that does, you know who to call – me! #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #realestate #realestateagent #realtor #hometips
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By David Buck, Realtor-Broker
(Harcourts Island Real Estate)
It's a tight neighborhood. This was a quality product done by Gentry. This is the very end of Kuanoo Street in Ewa Beach, for those that aren't familiar. Some of the homes do back up to the golf course there in Ewa Beach. It's a hot product, however nobody at this point is looking to sell. But, if you know anyone that does own at Ewa Gentry Cypress Point, we are working with a buyer... Read More
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Tips For Getting Your Wolcott CT Home Ready to Sell in 2024  For Wolcott CT Home owners that are looking to sell their home in 2024, it is essential to make the home as attractive as possible and to ensure that it gets its best exposure.  While it is still too cold to do anything outside, the inside of the home can be addressed so as to make it ready for a spring market. Homeowners must be mindful to start a list of repairs that need to be addressed as the hot sales market is still there and buyers want a move-in ready home and are prepared to buy a well maintained house.Pre-Listing InspectionIf you have been in the use for a while, it might be a good idea to bring in a professional inspector to evaluate the house. A trained eye is objective and will see things that a homeowner may not....
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Another 5-star review is making my week! I am always so appreciative when my clients take the time to pen a review. Since Google's AI bot is a review thief, I have resorted to screenshotting and sharing it on my blog, too. This was a memorable transaction for so many reasons. The sellers and I bonded throughout the weeks we prepared their home for sale. It was an extraordinary property in Brookeville, MD that showed like a model home. It was a large home with a many special features. So many, in fact, that I had to show the house myself to any prospective buyer and their agent to make sure none of it was overlooked. I am still thrilled about the outcome we achieved, and the timing that turned out to be just perfect for my clients. Thank you, Stephanie and Fred, for your confidence in me...
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By Jennifer Carstensen -The Real Estate Agency, We specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(The Real Estate Agency (Office License: 265417))
As you think about the year ahead, one of your big goals may be moving. But, how do you know when to make your move? While spring is usually the peak homebuying season, you don’t actually need to wait until spring to sell. Here’s why.1. Take Advantage of Lower Mortgage RatesLast October, the 30-year fixed mortgage rates peaked at 7.79%. In January, they hit their lowest level since May. That means you may not feel as locked-in to your current mortgage rate right now. That downward trend in rates has made moving more affordable now than it was just a few months ago.Another reason today’s rates make now a good time to sell? More buyers are jumping back into the market. Many had been waiting on the sidelines for rates to fall, but now that that’s happening, they’re eager and ready to buy. ...
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By Michael Elliott (609) 864-8164, Residential real estate sales in New Jersey
(Fathom Realty)
If I could sell my house for $_______________________,  I would list in 2024.  Text your answer to (609) 864-8164.
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
From pricing strategies to legal considerations, this guide offers valuable insights to help FSBO sellers make informed decisions and avoid costly mistakes.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP I recently got a call from a lady looking for an apartment rental. She needed to find something but was not in a hurry.  She said her home was selling in a month.  I explained how we hardly have any rentals in our town, she would have better luck in the nearby cities. I then said surely your Realtor told you of the severe shortage of rentals.  She said No,  I sold the property on my own and I do not want to live in the city.  Me:  Oh then I hope in your Purchase agreement it says you have to find suitable housing, a place to live.  No,  I didn't know.   I felt so bad for her.  She...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Explore practical tips and strategies to coordinate both transactions seamlessly, from timing the market to securing financing. Whether you're upsizing, downsizing, or relocating, this guide offers invaluable insights to help you achieve a successful dual transaction.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Buying and selling a home at the same time can be a daunting task, especially in a competitive market. You may be wondering how to coordinate the timing, financing, and logistics of both transactions without losing your mind. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and strategies to help you navigate this complex process with ease. Tip #1: Know Your Market The first thing you need to do is to understand the market conditions in your a...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This blog provides valuable insights into avoiding common pitfalls when selling your home. From pricing strategies to home staging tips, it's a must-read for anyone looking to maximize their home's value and streamline the selling process.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Top Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home: Working Alone Selling by yourself might save commission fees, but you miss out on a real estate agent's invaluable market knowledge and network. And having your home in the MLS alerts agents that will show and possibly make an offer much quicker than selling on your own. Overpricing High pricing can initially seem beneficial, but it often leads to a need for price reductions after missing the critical initial listing period. Buyers see a price reduction ...
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By Keith Dean, Fast Cash Offers
(Digital Bullet)
Looking to sell your house fast in Columbus? Wondering how to secure a quick cash offer that suits your needs? Central City Solutions has the answers you seek. With a streamlined process designed for your convenience, you could have a cash offer in hand within 24 hours and be closing the deal in less than a week. But, that's just the beginning. What sets this process apart is the promise of a hassle-free experience, no matter the condition of your property. Imagine selling without the stress of endless cleaning or costly repairs. The key lies in understanding the nuances of fast cash offers, preparing your house strategically, and entrusting the right professionals to guide you through. Stay tuned to find out how these elements can pave the way for a swift and lucrative transaction.Unde...
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By Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Atlanta Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
Exciting Real Estate Opportunity in Mableton!Get ready for a rare chance to own a slice of paradise in the heart of Mableton! Introducing our upcoming listing – a stunning .5 acre property that combines luxury living with nature's tranquility.Nestled in a prime location, this spacious .5 acre lot offers the perfect canvas for your dream home. Imagine waking up to the serene beauty of Mableton, surrounded by lush greenery and the soothing sounds of nature.Whether you're looking to build your forever home or invest in a prime piece of real estate, this listing is a golden opportunity. Act fast to secure your spot in this sought-after community!Don't miss it out! Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven⁠® Keller Williams Realty Cityside⁠ 770-874-6200 x 6233 678.929.2330 #MabletonSpecialist #...
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By Jerri McCombs, Broker/Owner, Hendersonville Living
(Dogwood Real Estate Services)
Top Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home:Working AloneSelling by yourself might save commission fees, but you miss out on a real estate agent's invaluable market knowledge and network. And having your home in the MLS alerts agents that will show and possibly make an offer much quicker than selling on your own.OverpricingHigh pricing can initially seem beneficial, but it often leads to a need for price reductions after missing the critical initial listing period. Buyers see a price reduction as there must be something wrong with the home that it had a price reduction and that can be very hard to overcome. Skipping RepairsSimple tasks like painting are essential, but addressing major issues is equally important for a successful sale. If buyers come through your home and see a lot of d...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This insightful guide offers valuable insights into the impact of repairs on your home's marketability and potential sale price. Whether you're weighing the cost-benefit of repairs or seeking advice on which repairs to prioritize, this blog provides practical tips to help you make informed decisions. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP When contemplating repairs before putting your home on the market, it's essential to recognize that the decision is a highly individual one. A seasoned and professional Realtor such as Nancy Moore Needham Realtor can be an invaluable ally in navigating this process, guiding you towards the most beneficial choices tailored to your specific circumstances. Addressing minor issues, such as applying a fresh coat of paint or fixing small repai...
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