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Selling your property requires experience and information. If you start with a plan, you can organize what needs to be done and be ready to put the "For Sale" sign out in no time!

  1. Choose a Realtor with whom you have a comfortable rapport. You will spend time together.
  2. Work with your Realtor to establish a fair asking price for your property. They have access to previous sales.
  3. Make a checklist of things that need to be done to spruce up your property and maximize "curb appeal." Do things to enhance attractiveness to potential buyers. Get rid of clutter and/or odors and pay special attention to closets and cupboards in your home or second home. Potential buyers want to see "everything."
  4. Fill out and sign all paperwork and forms in a timely manner.
  5. After your property has been listed try to "disappear" during showings so your Realtor can do a professional job.
  6. When selling a personal residence, make a list of your household expenses  and the age of appliances.
  7. When you receive an offer on your property, work with your Realtor to finalize all paperwork.
  8. Be prepared for the next step in your "real estate" life. Are you changing location, doing a 1031 exchange, or simply going to the bank? If your Realtor can help with your next step, be sure to ask them to share their expertise.



Buying a home or second home can be one of your most significant investments in life. Whether you are buying for investment or a place to live, you are most likely making an important committment into this venture. The more prepared you are, the less overwhelming this experience will be and the happier you'll be with your decision.

  1. Establish your budget. Call a mortgage person and ask to be pre-qualified. This will determine the price range. Provide the lender with any documentation required to speed the process.
  2. Establish your priorities. Determine your "wants" and "needs" ahead of time. A good Realtor can help you.
  3. Narrow down size and location.  Ask your Realtor for research and discussion. 
  4. Get input from family members before you start looking.
  5. Choose a Realtor with whom you feel comfortable and confident. You will be spending a lot of time together. 
  6. Build a mutual respect and trust with your Realtor and be faithful to that person. Don't be afraid to ask questions. That's part of the process.
  7. Budget plenty of time to "look." You don't want to be rushed - this is an important decision.
  8. When you have decided on "THE" property for you, work with your Realtor to execute all paperwork, schedule inspections, and effect a successful closing.



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