Buying a Home: Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney

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Buying a Home: Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney

When I bought my first home, I basically signed whatever was placed in front of me. The idea of becoming a homeowner overshadowed any concerns that I might have. Besides, the agent seemed to know just what needed to be done. It was only later that I learned there was some confusion about the location of the property lines. Two years and several thousand dollars later, I finally got things straightened out. When I bought my second home, you can bet that I had a real estate attorney by my side. Everything was checked and double-checked before I signed anything If you are thinking about buying a home, take nothing for granted. Let me tell you more about my experience and why you need your own legal counsel. In the long run, you'll save a lot of time and trouble.

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Tips To Help Sell Your Home Quickly

Nobody puts their house on the market hoping it takes months to sell. The faster you sell your home, the faster you can purchase a new one, move in and move on with your life. How fast your house sells depends on the market, but there are still some things you can do to help entice a buyer to purchase your home. See below for some tips to help lure in a buyer to sell your house fast.

Stage Your Home

Help make your home look like it popped out of a magazine. You can hire a professional to help stage your home for you, or you can attempt to do it yourself. Clean out clutter, remove excess decor and furniture, and take out personal items such as family photographs. Put out good towels in the bathroom to give it a spa feel, and set out nice pillows for the bedrooms and living room. In the dining room and/or kitchen, set the table to dress it up.

Clean It Up

Clean your home both inside and out thoroughly. Hire a cleaning company to clean up the inside of your home if you don't have the time to do a thorough cleaning. You want to be sure the inside of your home is clean from the top down to the bottom. This means cleaning the ceiling, walls and scrubbing the floors and baseboards. You shouldn't see dust, cob webs or any other dirt in your home. Scrub your siding outside to remove mold and mildew, and give your sidewalk, porch and driveway a good cleaning as well.

Make Repairs

Those repairs you've been putting off need to be done. Any holes in the siding, rotting wood soffit or fascia, sagging gutters and the broken mailbox should all be repaired. Inside your home be sure that the toilets flush properly, faucets aren't leaking or dripping, drains all drain properly (not slowly), all lights and receptacles are working, and all appliances are working as they should. Make any necessary repairs around your home, don't skip over anything.

Take Great Pictures

Give a potential buyer some great photos to look at. Before a buyer even comes to your home, they'll be looking on-line at photos of your home. If the photos are poor quality or don't show your home well, a potential buyer won't even take another glance at your home, let alone step foot in your home. Be sure to use a lot of natural lighting when taking photos of your home, and stand in the doorway to help show the entire space, not just part of it. Use a good camera such as a DSLR, not your cellphone. If you don't have one, see if you can borrow one, or hire a photographer to have the photos taken professionally.

Follow the tips above to help your home sell faster. Be sure to speak to your realtor about other things you can do.