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Buyer/Seller Tips

Tips for Home Buyers

Tip #1 - Know what you're shopping for before you start.
Before you begin shopping, understand that there are two homes out there vying for your interest-the one that meets your needs vs. the one that fulfills your desires. In a perfect world, you'd find a home that satisfies both. But since this isn't a perfect world, you're going to find yourself confronted with choices.

Do you choose the three-bedroom home with room for your family to grow, or the one with the big back yard and deck that's perfect for entertaining? Is having a big kitchen more important to you than a few extra rooms?

When you're shopping, you're going to find homes you fall in love with for different reasons. That's why you should list the features you want before you start shopping.

Understanding what you really need as opposed to what you'd like to have will help you keep your priorities straight as you shop around. I've seen people fall in love with a home for the wrong reasons, then regret their purchase when the home fails to meet their needs.

Don't let emotion cloud your judgment. Satisfy your needs first. If you find a home that meets your needs and fulfills some of your desires, so much the better. The important thing is to know the difference before you get caught up in the excitement of the hunt.
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Tips for Home Sellers

For most people, selling their home means cashing in their biggest asset. In other words, it must be handled with great care if you hope to protect-and capitalize on-your investment.

These tips will give you the tools you need to maximize your profits, maintain control, and reduce the stress that comes with the home-selling process.

Tip #1 - Know why you're selling.
The reason you look closely at why you want to sell is that your motivations play an important role in the process. They affect everything from setting a price to deciding how much time and money you'll invest to getting your home ready for selling.

For example, what's most important to you: the money you walk away with, or the length of time your property is on the market? If your goal is a quick sale, that can dictate one kind of approach. If you want to maximize your profit, the sales process will almost certainly take longer.
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