Contingency sale offers becoming more acceptable E-mail
Written by Kari Richardson, Special to the Tribune   

For homeowners looking to upgrade — or downsize — their residences, it's a difficult chicken-or-egg question: Which comes first, buying a new place to live or selling an old one? Each situation presents a potentially thorny set of issues.

Buy a new home before you sell your current one and you may get stuck with two homes and two mortgages, particularly in today's dicey real estate market. But sell your current home before falling in love with a new one and a different challenge emerges: Will you have time to find an acceptable place to live before closing day?

A solution for some buyers and sellers, and one some real estate agents say is gaining increased acceptance in the housing downturn, is making an offer contingent on the sale of a buyer's home.

Video: How To Negotiate Your Home Sale E-mail
Written by ForSaleByOwner Staff   

"How To Negotiate Your Home Sale" will walk you through what to expect when negotiating your real estate transaction, without the help of a real estate agent. From preparing for the negotiation to crafting a counteroffer, this video will arm you with all of the information you need to successfully negotiate the sale of your home.

How to Help Your Buyer Get Pre-Approved For a Mortgage E-mail
Written by staff .com   

One of the biggest headaches any home seller can experience is working with an interested buyer and negotiating a sales price, only to find days or weeks later that the buyer is unable to obtain a mortgage. That's precious time wasted and frustration to boot.  Here's how to sort the buyers from the lookers.

Contingency Usually Spelled H-E-A-D-A-C-H-E E-mail
Written by Robin Stansbury, Hartford Courant   

Frustrated man, sitting at a kitchen table, with his hands on this head.SECURITY OF SELLING YOUR HOME FIRST COULD COST YOU THE ONE THAT YOU WANT

Real estate agent Robin Gebrian considered the recent house hunt a heartbreaker. Her clients, a couple in West Hartford, wanted to buy a new home but couldn't afford to do so until they sold their current residence.

So any offer they made on a potential new home came with a contingency -- also known as a Hubbard clause -- telling sellers they could buy the house only if they were given time to try and sell their property first.
Negotiate Like A Pro E-mail
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African-American man smiling while being on the phone.If you’re buying or selling a home, negotiating is by far one of the most important things to be able to do. In fact, being a strong negotiator is an absolute necessity. If you don’t know how to ask for what you want, you’ll never get it. And, of course, you can save yourself a lot of money in the process.


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