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Choosing the Right Agent

If you’ve decided buy or sell your home, you need to find the right real estate agent. What does that mean, the “right” agent? Of course if you’re selling, that means that you want someone to help you get the best possible sales price with the best possible terms. If you are buying, you will also be concerned with their negotiation skills and knowledge. So how do you find an agent that can accomplish this for you? While it’s tempting to use Aunt Dottie or the nice man that you talk to at Starbucks, but for most people, this is one of the largest financial transactions of their lives and should be treated that way.


It’s time to do some homework. Selling a home is part skill and experience of the agent but it’s also marketing. At a minimum, you want an agent who has access to your local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and the big syndicated sites like Zillow and Today over 70% of buyers start their search on the Internet. You also want an agent with an online presence. Look at their websites and see if they have an independent online following of their own.

Meeting with Agents

Once you’ve found an agent, or a couple of agents, that seem to be active in your community, it’s time to meet them. There may or may not be a reason to interview more than one agent: you might find the first one gives you the right information and hire them right away.

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Why You Should Declutter Your Home Before You Show It.

You Want Your Home to Look Its Best

If someone is planning to tour your home, you need to make sure that it is as pleasing as possible, both because you want to maximize your chances of selling it and because you want to maximize your expected proceeds from the sale. To do so, you need to declutter your home as soon as possible, which will serve two purposes. First, a decluttered home is also an open and spacious home, which should be much more attractive to most housing consumers than its cramped and closed-in counterparts. Second, a decluttered home has no personal mementos that can make it difficult for potential home buyers to imagine themselves living in it. Summed up, you want to declutter your home because it contributes to your chances of getting the results that you desire from selling your home.

How Should You Declutter Your Home?

Fortunately, decluttering your home should be a relatively simple and straightforward matter so long as you are willing to put in the necessary time and effort. You can start by sorting out the items that you have not used in a year or more since chances are good that you will not be using them anymore, meaning that you will not miss them once they are gone. Generally speaking, you want to make sure to either sell them, donate them, or recycle them since just tossing them out into the trash is the most wasteful option, particularly if they are something that could still be useful to other people. Once you have finished clearing...

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How Do I Know An Area Is Right For Me?

It is all well and good finding your perfect home, but it is important that you think about more than the actual foundations. Yes, a home may look and feel fantastic but you need to keep in mind that you're building a life here and that will go beyond your front door.

Even if you are moving just a few miles away you need to make sure that you research the home you are interested in and make sure it's perfect. The last thing you want to do is invest in a home (financially and emotionally) and then discover it isn't what you need.


Think About the Whole Family

Think about who is going to be living there and what they'll need. Try to think about the future too because hopefully you'll be living here for a long time. So, for example if you have very young children think about facilities for them as a teenager, public transport links to and from school and even try to research age ranges of people that live nearby.

Sit down as a family and have a chat about what you'd like from an area and take it from there.

Do Your Research

The good news is that these days, doing research into an area you are interested in living in is easier than ever. There are all sorts of websites you can use to research crime rates, educational facility performance and much more. You can use this to compare between where you want to live and where you live now. If there is more than one home you are interested in then this type of information could ...

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