Dealing with Financing

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Consider especially sales of similar homes in the last three months. For instance, if homes have recently sold for 5 percent less than the asking price, your opening bid should probably be about 8 to 10 percent lower than what the seller is asking. In some markets,...

Preparing to Sell

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Clean. First things first. Get rid of as much clutter as possible. Clear everything off the kitchen counters and bathroom counters. Get rid of boxes that are visible from anywhere in the house. Remove 2/3 of your knick knacks... and clean everything. Make it sparkle.

5 Tips for Buying a Home

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If you can afford to do so, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Take a look at the taxes in your community and compare it to tax rates in other communities. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out...