‘Real Estate Wars’: How Far Will an Agent Go to Sell a House?

Bravo “Real Estate Wars” is back! In case you haven’t heard, this new Bravo show highlights the antics of two brokerages in Orange County, CA, vying to sell the same properties. And their second episode, titled “Showdown,” does not disappoint: The gloves come off for a high-stakes broker battle between the agents of John McMonigle (of the realty company of […]

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Common Repairs Needed After a Home Inspection: What Must Sellers Fix?

Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock If you’re selling your home, you might wonder if there are common repairs needed after a home inspection. Most buyers, after all, won’t commit to purchasing a place until it’s been thoroughly vetted by a home inspector—and rest assured, if there are problems, this professional will find them! So if your home inspection turns up flaws that your home buyer wants fixed, what then? […]

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What to Expect From a Listing Agent

kali9/iStock Before you start making lofty demands of your listing agent, it’s important to understand what the agent is actually responsible for. We’re not saying you’re high-maintenance; you just need to know what you can and can’t ask the agent to do. By setting realistic expectations, you’re likely to leave the home-selling process feeling like your agent […]

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Expired Listing vs. Withdrawn Listing: What’s the Difference?

kokouu/iStock For sellers, knowing what distinguishes a withdrawn listing from an expired listing can be confusing. Both clearly indicate that your listing is not active online. But, more specifically, what do these real estate terms actually say about the status of your property? The biggest difference between “withdrawn” and “expired” has to do with your listing contract and whether or […]

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Who Keeps the House Show-Ready While It’s on the Market?

BDyksen/iStock Home sellers want their house to be show-ready at all times, but ensuring that this is the case can be a chore—especially if said sellers have already moved out. Who’s going to mow the law, pick up the newspapers, and do those other daily or weekly tasks? If a home is still showing, you’ll want it […]

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9 Things Real Estate Agents Wish You Knew About Selling Your Home

turgaygundogdu/Shutterstock When it comes time to sell your house, having a great listing agent is one of the keys to making it happen. And yet, the agent can’t do it all—your help is needed. Help your agent help you! Ideally, you will have an open, honest relationship with your listing agent. But even then, there are some things your agent might be […]

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In a Home Trust, How Does One Beneficiary Buy Out the Others?

stocknshares/iStock Inheriting property from a home trust—whether it’s from a parent or other benefactor—can be a fortunate but complex situation. It’s likely that someone close to you has passed away, so emotional distress could cloud your judgment and inhibit you from making a clear-headed decision about what to do with the property. Plus, if multiple people inherit the […]

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With an Offer on the Table, Is It Still Wise to Show Your Home?

Fotoamator/iStock As a home seller, you wait for this moment: At long last, you’ve found a (nearly) perfect buyer. You’ve accepted the offer, which means you’re in wedded bliss and off the market, so to speak, right? Not so fast! Just as a romantic relationship can go sour, so can your real estate transaction. No matter how perfectly matched […]

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