Selling Your Home

How to Fire Your Listing Agent, Correctly

Switching Real Estate AgentsNot happy with your current home listing agent? Thinking of changing real estate brokerages?

Not to worry, you do have options. In this article, we discuss how to change listing brokerages, and what to know before picking up the phone or sending an email telling your agent they’re being fired.

Note that the steps below are specific to Texas, but most other states have similar procedures. As always, this is not legal advice! Consult with a licensed real estate agent or an attorney if you have questions.

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Why You Shouldn’t Go For Sale By Owner

4 Reasons You Need a Real Estate AgentWhen a homeowner decides it’s time to sell their home, they have an important choice to make: do they hire a real estate agent, or do they go for sale by owner? For sale by owner, often abbreviated as FSBO, is a choice that many homeowners make because they think that selling a home is easy; or they think hiring an agent is a scam. However, both of these assumptions are incorrect. Selling a home FSBO is a bad idea that can result in lower selling prices and slower sales. Here are some more reason why homeowners should never sell a home on...

Selling a Home: Preparing for the Final Walkthrough

What to Expect From Your Final WalkthroughThe walkthrough is the last step before buyers sign the paperwork to take ownership of a home. As such, it is the seller's last chance to confirm that the house is ready according to the purchase contract. Follow these tips to make sure all necessary and agreed-upon tasks have been performed prior to the keys changing hands.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real...

Why Hire a Real Estate Agent? Home Marketing Expertise

Selling Your Home? Hire a Real Estate ProfessionalReal estate agents are expert home sellers. More than anyone else, a good real estate agent knows how to make a home more appealing to buyers and market that home to show how appealing it is. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about selling your home sometime in the near future, you should be contacting real estate agents. Here's what you need to know about how a real estate professional can help you.

Proper Pricing Advice

It may not sound like it's a part of the marketing process, but one...

Do I Need an Attorney When Selling a Home?

What to Know About Hiring a Real Estate AttorneySelling a home does, indeed, carry specific legal obligations. However, depending on the applicable local and state laws, along with whether or not the home is involved in the probate process, an attorney isn't a consistent necessity.

While many real estate transactions do not need to involve an attorney, there are instances when hiring an attorney is either preferred or required.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney,...

First Time Home Seller? Steps to Selling Success

Tips for Successfully Selling a Home as a First-Time SellerMillions of words have been written to help first-time buyers prepare for that first home purchase, but for the first-time home seller, there seems to be far less helpful information available. Like a first-time buyer, however, home owners who are preparing to sell a home for the first time will certainly have questions and face obstacles during the process.

With this helpful, step-by-step guide, even the novice home seller can be be prepped and ready for real home-selling success.


Home Downsizing In a Hurry: 4 Tips For Shrinking Your Home

How to Downsize Quickly: A Guide for Home SellersDownsizing can be a challenge, especially if you're downsizing in a hurry! When the time comes to move from a larger home and buy a smaller home, such as the popular 55 and over community of Sun City Georgetown, many homeowners have to get rid of items like extra holiday decorations, old books and extra pieces of furniture. Deciding what to get rid of, how to get rid of it, and how to do it in a hurry can be overwhelming. These tips can help.

The Benefits of Downsizing Your Home

There are many reasons to downsize! First and foremost, downsizing makes moving...

Selling an Austin Home: How to Get Top Dollar for Your Property

How to Price Your Home to Get Top DollarReal estate has long been heralded as one of the best investments to make, and it's one of the largest financial assets that many people have. Home sellers in Austin don't just want to sell – they want to sell high. The goal of most real estate transactions is to earn the most significant return possible while also securing a new home that fits your needs and desires.

The current market conditions in Austin are pretty much ideal for sellers. The average listing price is around $588,000, and home values have risen steadily over the last several months. Inventory is not as low as it is in other parts of...

Tips for Selling a Home When You Own Pets

Selling a Home When You Own PetsMany animal lovers would say that a home isn’t complete without having some kind of pet as a member of the household. Most often we find cats or dogs to be popular choices, and sometimes there are several of them!

While pets can bring much excitement and enjoyment to a home, they can sometimes make the home selling process a little more difficult. So what is the most effective way to market your home when you have pets? Believe it or not, it’s rather easy to play up the benefits and overcome the challenges. If it’s a good time to sell your home, your pets shouldn’t...

Selling a Property? Here's Why It Pays to Bring in a Professional Photographer

Top Reasons to Acquire Professional Photos When Selling a HomeUpon deciding to sell their property, Round Rock homeowners have to decide if they are going to bring in a professional photographer to take pictures for their MLS listing and other ads. Many will skip this step in favor of just having their real estate agent handle it rather than shelling out the extra cash.

Although real estate agents can simply take a few photos of the property for the listing, professional photographers are the ones who can really do it justice. Here's why hiring this...

The Home Seller's Guide to Curb Appeal

Your Guide to Home Curb AppealUnless a seller is fortunate enough to have a professional staff of groundskeepers and maintenance personnel, the aspect of curb appeal is something that most homeowners find themselves dealing with in some capacity when deciding to sell their home. Since buyers often equate curb appeal with actual quality and value, sellers who miss the mark when attempting to improve their home's curb appeal may find themselves experiencing depressed levels of buyer interest, longer market times, and lower purchase offers than a comparable home that buyers view more positively.

If you are preparing your home for sale and want to make sure it is as appealing as possible from the curb,...

How to Design a Home Showing for a Better Offer

How to Design a Home Showing for a Better OfferA home showing doesn't have to have shock value to be memorable but that doesn't mean a seller shouldn't consider the ways in which they can make their home stand out. No matter how cookie-cutter a home may seem to the seller, there are ways to highlight its best features to encourage enthusiasm (and ultimately, better offers for the home.)

A Fresh Perspective

No matter what season the seller puts their home on the market, they'll need to make their home look as fresh as possible—starting with the outside. Flowerbeds, walkways, fences, yards, door stoops, and windows all need to be given...

Signs You Need to Repair or Replace Your Roof

How to Repair and Replace Roof DamageWhen you live in a home, you may only go up to the roof once or twice a year. However, the condition of the roof could affect the kinds of offers you get on the home, or even that you get offers at all. Remember the major hail storms that damagned homes in Cedar Park? Home buyers do! Few people are eager to buy a home with a roof that is obviously leaking or missing a lot of shingles. This guide walks you through the common problems with a roof that you should look at before you list the home for sale. If you need a refresher course, or are ...

Try This, Not That: Home Showing Mistakes to Avoid

Home Showing Mistakes to AvoidWhen selling a home, the most important thing the homeowner can do to help their chances of finding the right buyer is to make sure the home gives a great first impression during the showing. However, there are a number of pitfalls that homeowners may accidentally stumble into that they may not realize can be harmful to their home’s chances of selling. Here are some of those mistakes and how homeowners can make sure they don’t happen.

Stage the Home Instead of Leaving It Empty

Some homeowners think that removing the furniture from a home will help buyers be able to see just the home and not be distracted by any of the possessions...

High-ROI Home Improvements For Home Sellers

High ROI Home Improvements For Home SellersWhen you're trying to sell your home, strategic home improvement projects can help boost your home's resale value. Home improvement projects can also help make your home stand out among the competition in your area. Knowing what to upgrade and which projects deliver the highest ROI can help you get started.

Deck Addition

Deck additions are relatively low in cost but they have a high ROI, which makes this type of home improvement a favorite among home sellers. With over 80 percent ROI, deck additions ...

Is Home Staging Worth It?

When selling a home, how it looks is key. Both inside and out, everything from how the furniture is arranged to the color of paint impacts what buyers think of the home. For homeowners who want to help give their home an edge on the housing market, staging is an option that can help homeowners make their home as appealing as possible to buyers. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of home staging homeowners should keep in mind when planning to stage their home or hire someone to stage their home.

Disadvantages of Home Staging

One of the biggest disadvantages home staging has is that it can potentially cost a lot of money and be time-consuming. Home stagers will charge just to meet with potential clients, and that can cost anywhere from $150-400. If the homeowner decides to work with the stager, they will then have to cover the cost of furniture, which will vary depending on how much furniture...

What All Homeowners Should Know About Short Sales

What All Homeowners Should Know About Short SalesWhen a homeowner is unable to pay their mortgage, it can be a stressful time. The number one threat homeowners think of when they can’t pay their mortgage is foreclosure, a process when the mortgage provider repossesses the home resulting in the homeowner’s credit score being lowered. Before this happens, homeowners may have another option: a short sale. While short sales may not be accessible to everyone, they can be a good option when they’re available. Here is what all Leander homeowners should know about short sales in order to get the most out of them....

6 Essential Strategies For Selling a Fixer-Upper Home

5 Ways To Help Your Fixer-Upper SellSelling a home can be difficult, and when it comes to selling a fixer-upper, it can feel impossible. Fortunately, selling fixer-uppers is completely possible when the homeowner knows what they're doing. For homeowners trying to get a leg up on the competition and help their fixer-upper home find a buyer, here are 5 essential tips and strategies to keep in mind.

Clean, Stage, & Improve Curb Appeal

Cleaning is an essential part of selling a fixer-upper. Before listing the home for sale or showing the home to buyers, it must first...

Selling Your Vacation Home? What You Need To Know

Selling a Vacation Home: Information for Homeowners with Second HousesSelling a vacation home is far different from selling a primary residence. If you're a home owner who would like to sell your vacation home, here's what you need to know about the tax implications and other details of selling a vacation property.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding...

Selling In a Buyer's Market: A Guide for Homeowners

Buyer's Market Guide for Home SellersSelling in a buyer's market can be a challenge. Homeowners who want the best home selling experience possible must price their home competitively, stage the property, and work with a real estate professional. If you're a home seller who is trying to sell your property in a buyer's market, here's what you need to know.

Beautify Your Property

Before listing their property for sale, most sellers find it's very helpful to beautify their property. This could include better home landscaping. But this beautification inside the home is often called staging. Staging is especially important when selling in a buyer's market....