Selling Your Home

Inspection Misconceptions E-mail
Disclosures
Written by Deborah Hornblow, Hartford Courant   

Inspector wearing jeans, taking a look a window with a folder of documents under his arm.WHEN HOUSES ARE SOLD, BOTH BUYERS AND SELLERS CAN DREAD AUDITOR'S VISIT

Real estate inspection.

The three little words can cause palpitations in even the sturdiest souls.

For potential homebuyers, a real estate inspection means the house they have recently fallen in love with and are in the process of purchasing could be revealed to harbor conditions -- expensive conditions. For home sellers, an inspection might mean finding problem areas that result in a price reduction or a laundry list of items to be negotiated or repaired before a closing can take place.
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Get an Inspector Who Works for You E-mail
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Written by ForSaleByOwner staff   

White male wearing a yellow hardhat. A competent, thorough home inspector can help both buyers and sellers with a smooth sale.  Choosing a good home inspector can make a sale go much smoother. Here are some tips on how to differentiate them...

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Contingency Usually Spelled H-E-A-D-A-C-H-E E-mail
Negotiating
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.
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For-Sale Sign First Aid E-mail
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Written by Robin Stansbury, Hartford Courant   

Old kitchen sephia toned.QUICK FIXES CAN MAKE YOUR KITCHEN AND BATH MORE BUYER-FRIENDLY

The house for sale in Farmington had much work done before it was listed for sale. The exterior was painted a slate gray with white trim and a bright red door. The hardwood floors were sanded and refinished. The lawn was reseeded, and mulch was spread in all the flower beds.

But that still couldn't overshadow the glaring problem with the 3,300-square-foot home: the outdated 1980s kitchen and master bathroom. Buyer after buyer who toured the home, originally listed at $685,000, said the same thing - the house needs too much work.

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Negotiate Like A Pro E-mail
Negotiating
Written by ForSaleByOwner.com   

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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