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A MoneyTips Guide to Selling Your Home

It’s time to sell your home. Wait, are you getting misty-eyed or feeling anxious? It’ll be OK, promise. You’ve got more choices at your fingertips than a BuzzFeed personality quiz. Getting smart about a home sale means doing your due diligence. With some planning and basic research, you can find answers to key questions about...

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When Is the Best Time To Sell a House?

Whether you’ve lived in it for 3 years or 30, your home is a part of your life. As a homeowner, it’s also a big part of your financial future. So if you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s usually for a good reason: Your family is growing and you need to find a larger...

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7 Home Selling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Making the wrong moves when selling your house can keep buyers away while keeping you awake at night. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sure, selling your house is never easy, but avoiding home seller mistakes can be if you know what to expect. You did a great job saving for your first...

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How Long Should You Live in a House Before Selling?

You spent years building up your credit profile and saving a down payment to buy a home. Now that you’ve moved in, you may be thinking about selling to take advantage of a hot market, accept a job in another city or move closer to a friend or family member. But is that a smart...

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How To Determine if You Need a Bigger House

Homeownership is usually a lifelong journey. For many people, sizing up happens over time as families and budgets grow. If you’re thinking about moving from your current home into a bigger home, we’ll help you determine whether it makes sense and what factors you should consider along the way. What Are the Signs You Are...

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15 Easy Weekend DIY Home Improvements To Upgrade Your New or Presale Home

Maybe you’re a first-time homeowner looking to tailor your new space to reflect your tastes and personality. Or maybe you’ve lived in your home long enough that certain features need a little updating.  In any case, the list of remodeling projects can add up quickly and become expensive and time-consuming. But, with the right strategy...

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What Does Probate Mean in Real Estate?

Many things must be taken care of after someone dies, including arranging a funeral, ordering death certificates and figuring out what to do with the deceased person’s possessions – including their real estate. This process is known as probate. If a will exists, disposing of real estate through probate largely depends on what the will...

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How To Flip a House: A MoneyTips Guide for Beginners

Home flipping can be a profitable venture if you know how to do it, but many people are afraid to get their feet wet. If you want to learn how to start flipping houses, the good news is that it’s not as scary as you think.  You don’t even need to have a ton of...

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How Long Do Buyers Have to Respond After Inspection?

As a first-time home seller, you may be a bit anxious or confused about why a buyer might be quiet after the home inspection. Did they back out and not say anything? Should you look for a new buyer? How long does the buyer have to respond? All of these are valid questions and we’re...

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What To Do When an Appraisal Is Lower Than the Offer

You’re selling your home. You’ve accepted an offer, and it looks like it’s smooth sailing ahead.  But what happens if the home’s appraised value is lower than the buyer’s offer? Is the sale sunk or can it be salvaged? If the appraisal is lower than the offer, the buyer’s loan may not get approved. And...

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Should I Sell or Rent My House?

Most of the time, when people buy their first home, they’re not thinking too much about what to do when they move. But as the years go by, different housing options might come to mind. You’ve probably heard – and seen on TV – that investing in real estate can make you money. Maybe you’re...

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8 Tips for Selling Your Home Quick

Selling a house can be challenging. There are so many things that are out of your control. And ultimately, it’s out of your hands whether someone loves your home enough to buy it. Besides that, selling a house can feel like it takes FOREVER. Fortunately, there are a handful of things you can control. By...

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How Much Does It Cost To Sell a House?

So, you’re ready to sell your home. You’ve made every mortgage payment on time (and in full), and you’ve taken care of your home. You’re ready to sell, pay off your existing mortgage and pocket the rest of the money as profit. Before you start thinking about what you’ll do or buy with that extra...

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For Sale by Owner (FSBO): Tips To Sell Your Home by Yourself

So, you’ve decided to go FSBO (For Sale by Owner). There are lots of reasons why selling your home on your own might make sense. Maybe you want to have more control over the selling process. Maybe you want to pocket more of the profit from the sale and want to avoid spending your cash...

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How Much Is My House Worth? 6 Ways to Find Out

Laura bought her first home in Ohio in 2015. It was a cute cottage-style house in a decent neighborhood. It was the right place for her small family, but she always had plans to sell the home (hopefully at a profit!) and buy a bigger one in a nicer neighborhood. When the housing market boom...

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11 Home Staging Tips for a Quick Sale

When touring homes or checking out prospects online, do you ever admire the decor of a home so much that you wish you could buy it as-is? Or maybe you’ve experienced the opposite. Maybe you saw the perfect home, but something was off about the way it was decorated. That’s the power – good, bad...

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What Is for Sale by Owner (FSBO)?

Fizzbo. 🤡  No, it’s not the name of a party clown. It’s how you pronounce “FSBO,” the acronym of “for sale by owner.” Maybe you’ve seen a FSBO home listed online and wondered how different the buying process is from buying a home that’s listed the standard way.  Or maybe you’re about to put your...

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