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Resolving Issues During Home Selling Selling a home successfully in today's competitive real estate landscape requires making sure that it looks its best along with the help of a skilled, experienced listing agent who can finesse the marketing process for maximum appeal.

Occasionally, however, the process of selling a home also requires knowing how to overcome serious hurdles, such as tax liens and title issues. 

What is a Tax Lien on a Home? 

Any taxing authority, including cities, counties, states, and the federal government can usually place a tax lien on a home. And in many states and locations, Home Owner Associations (HOAs) may also place a tax lien on a home when there are unpaid HOA fees.

Tax liens are filed with the county where the home is located and serve as a notice

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Home Repairs and Maintenance Home owners who plan to sell their home often wonder what they should do about making improvements before putting it on the market.

While most sellers already know that making relatively minor improvements, such as cosmetic updates like new paint and deep cleaning, are usually necessary before listing to better compete with other homes, many may feel unsure of whether or not they need to invest in more expensive upgrades, such as adding another bedroom, bathroom, or additional square footage for more living space.

Understanding the Cost vs. the Value of Home Improvements

According to recent information published by the National Association of Realtors®, large, expensive home improvement projects may not be the best way to a buyer's heart - or to

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Dog Owner Tips for Selling Home Selling a home when you own dogs can be a challenge. Odors, scratches, pet hair and other reminders of animals can lead to lower offers and can make selling your home take longer if you don't take action.

As a homeowner trying to sell a property, the best thing you can do is keep your dogs separated from the selling process by removing visible evidence of their existence. Here are a few tips to follow:

Repair Pet Damage

Dogs can do a lot of damage to your property over time. Holes and stains in the carpet, chew marks on the walls, scratches on hardwood and other problems with your home’s structure can build up over time.

Make a list of all the damage that you can find in your home and make what repairs you can. As you’re looking for damage,

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Deciding to Buy a Home Purchasing a home is one of the biggest and most expensive decisions one can make in their lifetime. You’ve likely tried researching whatever you can that is involved in the process. However, buyers can easily get overwhelmed by the many pieces of advice that they receive from well-meaning friends and family. You’ll often be left thinking, “which mistakes should I be avoiding?”

One can never be too careful when it comes to investments, and purchasing a home is certainly a large one. Here are a few of the most important home buying mistakes that you need to steer away from when making the purchase.

Making Emotional Decisions

Too often, people make the mistake or purchasing a home that looks just like a favorite photo, a beloved childhood home, or

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What Home Buyers are Looking For The real estate market is huge, with millions of homes listed for sale each year. As a homeowner preparing to sell, you may be wondering how you can possibly compete for the attention your home needs from qualified buyers in order for you to successfully reach the closing table and collect your proceeds check.

However, capturing buyer interest is much easier when sellers understand what buyers really want and then focus on fulfilling those needs. Here are some tips to help guide you through the process.

Accurate Pricing

It's true that some buyers are looking for bargains, but most just want to know that the homes they are considering are fairly priced and a good financial investment. Because of this, sellers should take pricing very seriously

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Getting Ready to List Your Home If one of your goals for the new year includes selling your home, you may already be experiencing some anxiety about how long the process might take, whether or not buyers will find your home appealing, and how much your home will ultimately sell for.

The good news is that by starting now and formulating a good strategy, you will be able to better manage the process efficiently and improve your chances of having a timely and profitable selling experience. 

Develop a Timeline Based on Your Situation

The first step to enjoying the best possible home selling experience is to consider your individual situation and then develop a workable timeline for it. Doing this will help to prevent procrastination and help to keep the process moving forward in a

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Home Seller Info for New Year While selling real estate was once a very seasonal activity, advances in technology, marketing, and education have combined to make the real estate market much more active throughout the year. These same advances have also given sellers the ability to work around many of the local constraints that might have placed limits on their ability to sell in past years, such as local economic forecasts and other issues.

While the real estate market will always be affected by local market conditions, national trends can now often offer good insight into what sellers can expect during the coming year. If you are considering placing your home on the market in 2017 and would like to know what to expect, this information may help. 

Mortgage Interest Rates may

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Budgeting for a Mortgage When a new home buyer applies for a home mortgage pre-approval, the amount given as to what the buyer can spend on a home is simply an estimate and may not be a true indicator of what a buyer can actually afford on an on-going basis. There are many factors that affect a buyers home buying ability that are not usually considered in a mortgage application.

Add these eight numbers to your budget, to better determine how much of a mortgage you can reasonably handle on an on-going basis when searching for a home to buy.

Make sure to consult with a lender or financial advisor with any questions you may have about your personal financial situation and how it relates to financing a home.

1. Home Improvements and Upkeep Expenses After the Sale

Once

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Organizing Closet Before Home Sale Stuff here, stuff there, stuff stuffed everywhere.

The golden rule when selling a house is that less is more for making a good impression. The good news is that organizing closets improves home sales by improving their appearance and doesn't need to cost a lot.

Moving Toward Order

Cluttered closets are like large, flashing, warning signs that tell potential buyers your home doesn't have enough storage space. They may walk away without entering a bid or offer less money than you expect.

Real estate agents will often tell you that the first step toward making a home show better for sale is to remove a large portion of its contents. After that comes reorganization.

Clearing Clutter

Embarrassing though it may seem, staging a home for

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Why FSBO is a Mistake Listing your home as For Sale By Owner (FSBO) can be very tempting to some home sellers. With the availability of high-quality information online and a sense that anyone can complete a DIY project, even a home sale, selling your home yourself may seem like a great way to save some money.

As it turns out, however, data shows that this is not usually the case.

Selling your home through a licensed real estate agent offers several benefits that make their commission well worth the expense.

Access to Exclusive Databases

The MLS, or Mulitple Listing Service, is the database that was created and maintained by realtors and other real estate professionals.  This database is exclusive to professionals in the industry.  While anyone can search the

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