Real Estate Agencies
What They Do For You
What You Can Do For Yourself
How to Sell a House

Do you have a bunch of questions,
don't have any contacts at any real estate agencies
and unsure where to go for reliable answers?

Looking for home selling tips and
advice on how to sell your home?

If you're wondering about real estate agencies or looking for answers to any of the following questions, you've come to the right place. I'm somewhat of a hybrid - a successful real estate broker who can sell, write and teach. And I enjoy helping people by offering home selling tips that I've learned since entering the business in 1974. Click any of the questions below for honest, dependable answers to popular questions. If you have a question not listed, feel free to contact me, and I'll do my best to answer it for you.

Where do I find Home Selling Tips?

What are the Top Ten Home Selling Mistakes?

I want to Sell My House. How do I begin?

How does Selling a Condo and a house differ?

What is a House For Sale By Owner (FSBO)?

Can I sell my house with No Real Estate Agent?

Why Sell Your Own House Privately?

Is Home Leasing an option for me?

What is the best Real Estate Advertising?

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What is an Exclusive Listing?

Is there an alternative to MLS® Canada or MLS® America?

How can I get Real Estate Advice without a REALTOR®?

What's involved in Selling Your Own House with no agent?

What is my house worth? What is Home Market Value?

Should I hire a House Appraisals specialist?

What is a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)?

How do I learn about Real Estate Value in my area?

What should I do first - Sell or Buy?

What does the Multiple Listing Service® do for me?

Real Estate Terminology used in the industry.

What's the difference between Fixtures and Chattels?

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How do I prepare a Purchase and Sale Contract?

Should I Renovate Before Listing my home for sale?

What are Patent and Latent Defects, and should I disclose them as a seller?

What can I do to enhance Home Market Value?

How do I prepare for home viewing? Home Staging?

How does selling Town and Country Real Estate differ?

How do I go about Finding a Real Estate Agent?

What services may I expect from Real Estate Agencies?

Do REALTOR® Commission Rates vary?

Are Open Houses worthwhile or a waste of time?

Country Living or City Living? Which is right for me?

What does Buyer Agency do for a buyer?

What common Closing Costs may I expect?

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What are the benefits of Title Insurance?

What is a Life Lease?

What can I expect for  REALTOR® Fees?

What will a REALTOR® do for me?

How do I establish an Ask Price?

When should I consider Price Reductions?

How do I Negotiate an Offer?

How do I make an Offer More Attractive and not lower price?

My sale is unconditional. How do I change my Closing Date?

Should I accept an offer that contains a Home Inspection Condition?

Should I accept a Conditional Offer with an Escape Clause?

How do I handle a Bidding War on my home?

What's involved in Trading Houses?

I've sold my home. Now what? Here are some Moving Tips.

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As I said earlier, if you have any questions, feel free to send them to me and I'll try to answer them on a timely basis. Selling a home is really not that complicated, provided you have ...

Good Honest, Experienced Guidance

... during the process from one of numerous real estate agencies. Establishing fair market value is obviously important since you neither want to under-price your property nor over-price it, and have it sit on the market forever.

When it comes to properly representing your property to a prospective buyer, successfully negotiating an offer and drafting a durable and legally binding contract that protects your interests and doesn't expose you to potential liability, selling real estate certainly requires expertise. Thus, as a private seller, you must acquire such expertise somehow, either by hiring professionals who have it already, or you learn it yourself through education and research.

This is where confident, experienced advice from knowledgeable realty agents and real estate agencies come into the picture.

If you choose to sell your home privately, as a 'for sale by owner', be sure to have your lawyer directly involved. They'll likely charge a fee for their time, but it would be well worth the expense.

To save a lot of time, frustration and worries, it’s prudent to seriously consider having dependable representation by an ...

Experienced Real Estate Agency

After you've clicked on the various links on this page for home selling tips and advice and you're still confused, you have another couple of options. You could further explore this site, or contact me with your questions.

Though I intend to retire soon from active duty after 42+ years in the business, if you're in my market area, we might be able to arrange a ...

Personal Consultation

... during which I can provide home selling tips face-to-face and guide you through the entire process of selling your house, condo or rural property. Or if you're not in my part of the world, I may be able to arrange a consultation with a highly recommended agent in your area.

If you're considering selling your home, with or without the assistance of any real estate agencies, check out my book The Happy Agent. It contains the sum total of the real estate knowledge, philosophies and techniques that I've accumulated, practiced and polished during a highly successful 40-year realty career.

Learn how to effectively evaluate your home and prepare it for market to maximize the ultimate sale price, how to market and advertise effectively, how to handle showings and open houses like a pro, how to successfully negotiate an offer and more. If you're trying to sell privately, you'll learn how to recognize the signs of when it's time to throw in the towel and hire a professional and what to expect from them.

When you consider the huge possible savings in real estate commission with a private sale attempt and the fact that you're dealing with your largest single financial asset, a small investment of your time and a pittance of your money could save you thousands of dollars and a ton of heartache. At the very least, you'll be encouraged to try it alone, at least for awhile. Remember - knowledge is power.

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You may Contact Me with questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Visit our corporate website to see what real estate agencies can do for you.

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