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We all want to sell our homes at above asking price, but what is it that makes a seller succeed at this? Here's our expert advice on how you can sell your home above the asking price.

Ask For Less

You may be surprised, but pricing your home lower than market value can have an extremely positive effect on the offers you receive.  This is because a low-priced listing will stand out and will draw more attention, which boosts your chance of a bidding war.

By attracting more buyers to come and look at your home, you will find more buyers who are willing to make an offer on your property.  When they view your home they will see its true market value, and are then more likely to make a higher offer in hopes of outbidding others.  It's all about creating

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New homes can be scary. But when you take the time to think about it, and plan ahead, maintaining a home is easier than you think – a manageable mix of experience and common sense. Here are five skills that will help maintain your new home for years to come.

Fixing A Toilet

It's not as daunting as it sounds. Just remember that toilets work with gravity – the water wants to flow freely. Don't be afraid to open that tank up and adjust the floater and valves as needed. Occasionally run the water (flush the toilet, turn on the sink) in unused rooms, like the guest bathroom, to keep the pipes clear and functioning.

Dealing With Animals

Sometimes your animal neighbors invite themselves in. While it's always better to use professionals if you have a

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It doesn't matter where you live, what kind of home you have or what time of year it is. If you're looking to sell your home quickly, you'll need to do a better job than other local homeowners who are competing against you. Try these top three tips to secure a sale within 60 days.

 

Enhance Its Appearance

 

When it comes to selling your home, looks are everything.  If the appearance of your home is impressive, it will be more inviting to potential buyers.  Remove any items that make the home distinctly yours, such as family photos, kids' toys, or personal items.  Ensure that every space is meticulously clean and clutter free to demonstrate that it is a well-kept property. 

 

It is also extremely beneficial to neutralize the design of

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Purchasing a plot of land can be one of the best investments to make. A landowner has great (but not unlimited) freedom in how to develop their plot, and land never expires so its potential is essentially infinite. That said, buying undeveloped or vacant land can be risky business, so read on to find tips on purchasing a plot.

 

Do Your Homework: Before You Get Onto The Land

 

Before anything else happens, figure out your priorities. Decide what you want the land for, what amenities and what location you want, what you're looking for in terms of neighbors or local government, and, of course, know your budget. More specific questions will arise around taxes, fees and permits for building, available utilities/water access – but, first, just

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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying [INFOGRAPHIC]

 Friday June 8th, 2018  Buying Myths, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Infographics, Rent vs. Buy  

The Cost of Renting vs. Buying [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision.
  • Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (28.8%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (17.1%), the choice becomes obvious.
  • Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find out if you can put your housing costs to work by buying this year!



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Buyers don't despair...even though interest rates are rising and inventory is super low. You can still find the home of your dreams. But first you must be prepared.

1.Talk to a lender . Before you start your home search, talk to a lender to find out what you can qualify for. It doesn't make sense, if you don't know what price range to look in. Lenders look at a number of things to determine how much they will lend. And when you find the perfect home, you'll need a pre qualification letter to accompany your offer. With homes having multiple offers, you want to be ready.

 2. Find yourself a good Realtor. Your Realtor can not only help you find a home, but can also help determine the best price to offer and help you navigate through the process to get

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WHEN YOUR CREDIT CHANGES


It's a combination car, pickup
truck and SUV. You really want it. The features are
great, the style is the latest, and it's affordable after
the down payment, the cost
is only $300 a month.
"Would you buy this car today if I can include the genuine wood grain, rubberized
side moldings?" asks the salesman.
Before emitting a strong "yes", stop and consider what's about to happen. You will
be increasing your debt load and monthly payments, things which make mortgage
lenders edgy. If you want to buy a home in the coming months, you need to
carefully consider your financial choices.
The issue here is not cars. If you need a car for safe travel, then safety comes first.
But if you merely want a new car or
superduper
music system, an

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Seller’s Estimated Closing Costs (N.E. Florida):


Documentary Stamps on the Deed:

This is a State tax equal to .007 of the sales price. For example, if the sales price is $200,000, then the doc stamps on the deed is $1400.

Owner’s Title Insurance:

This is a policy of protection against a loss in a claim against your ownership. The cost of this insurance is .005375 of the sales price on homes over $100,000.

Settlement Fee/Attorney Closing Fee:

This is the fee the title company or the attorney will charge to close the transaction and account for all funds. Estimate $250 to $500.

Satisfaction of Mortgage Recording Fee:

Paid to the county. Estimate $10 per page.

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Buyer's Estimated Closing Costs (N.E. Florida)


Appraisal Fee:

To substantiate the value of the property, the bank will require an appraisal by a licensed appraiser. The fee for this service will vary according to the type of property and the appraiser’s fee structure. Estimate $250 to $500.

Home Inspection:

Typically, the bank requires a copy of the inspection report. The fee can range from $300 to $500 depending on the inspection company and the size of the house. This is usually paid at time of inspection.

Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection:

The bank will also require a copy of this inspection. The inspector is looking for any damage to the wood in the house caused by insects or water

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