(1) Build A Strategy
(2) Organize Paperwork
(3) Order Marketing
(4) Going Live
(5) Open House
(6) Receiving The Offers
(7) Let's Negotiate
(8) Home Inspection
(9) Negotiate Repairs
(11) Prepare For Closing
(12) Closing Time
Keeping your house neat and tidy is one of the hardest parts of selling - especially if you have kids or pets.
Here's how to make things easier:
Invest in storage bins. When a showing comes up, throw everything from the floor, counters and tables into the bins and stow them in a closet.
Use a robot vacuum. Turn it on as you leave the property, and the floor will be spick and span by the time buyers arrive.
Declare some rooms off limits. Keep some rooms closed off to limit messes.
If you anticipate substantial interest in your home, you could also stay at a friend's house or rent a hotel room until showings are over.
Buying a home can often be a time-consuming undertaking - but it doesn't have to be.
Want to speed up your purchase? Here's how:
Act fast when there's a home you like. If you like a property, put in an offer that day.
Get preapproved for your mortgage. This will speed up your loan approval.
Have all your financial documentation organized for your preapproval.This should include recent bank account statements, pay stubs, W-2s, tax returns, etc.
Respond quickly. When your agent needs your input or your loan officer requests something, respond immediately.
Remember that any delays on your end will only delay your closing, so act with urgency and stay in touch.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a time-consuming or costly affair. Want to tidy your home without being overwhelmed? These tips can help:
Designate and delegate. Give every member of the household a duty. Who said one person has to do all the work?
Tackle one room at a time. The job seems more manageable when you break it down into smaller chunks.
Don't do it all at once. It's ok to spread your spring cleaning out over a few weekends.
Before you start cleaning, you also might consider going through closets and storage areas for potential donations. Why clean items you don't need or use?
If you're on the fence about buying a home, now's the time to hop off.
With national rents at all-time highs, American renters are now paying more than ever to live on someone else's property. On top of this, renting also means:
Less design freedom and flexibility
Little privacy, peace and quiet
Parking, space and storage issues
Building equity for someone else (not yourself!)
No long-term ROI or credit benefit, despite making on-time payments
With rents only continuing to rise (meaning saving money for a down payment is getting harder), there's never been a better time to get out of the rent race.
Buyers selected outdoor space as an important feature in a home. About half of all buyers said that decks, patios and yard were required or desired. But guess what other home feature is far more important to buyers? Air conditioning!
That's right, according to a massive annual consumer study from the Zillow Group, most buyers – 62 percent – want air conditioning in their homes. The good news is that 65 percent of all homes in the U.S. have central air conditioning while another 27 percent have individual air conditioning units.
With those numbers, it's no surprise that keeping cool is more important to home shoppers than decks, patios and yards!
In real estate, location is paramount. And for many buyers, proximity to work and public transportation are key factors in the selection of a neighborhood. According to a recent study of consumer housing trends, nearly half of all buyers want to be close to public transportation (45 percent), and nearly 7 in 10 want to be close to work.
Did you know that homeowners are now living in their homes 50 percent longer than they did in 2007? The National Association of Realtors says the average U.S. homeowner sells a home once every nine years. Previously, it was more frequently: once every six years.
This is one of the reasons most sellers today use a real agent: 88% of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker—a share that has steadily increased from 69% since 2001.