Selling Your Home – Short Sales

Selling Your Home - Short Sales When does foreclosure begin? Lenders will initiate foreclosure proceedings when borrowers become delinquent in their mortgage obligations, usually after three payments are missed. The lender will then notify the borrower in writing that he or she is in default. The lender can request a trustee's sale or a judicial foreclosure, in which the property is sold…

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Selling Your Home – Selling at a Loss

Selling Your Home - Selling at a Loss Can a home seller sell a home for less than its mortgage? Yes, in some case you can sell your home for less than what you still owe on the mortgage, but this is complicated and depends on the lender. This situation is known as a "short sale." Sometimes a lender will be willing…

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Selling Your Home – Seller Financing

Selling Your Home - Seller Financing What is seller financing? Seller financing is when a seller helps to finance a real estate transaction by taking back a second note, or even financing the entire purchase if the seller owns the home free and clear. Usually sellers do this when a buyer has difficulty qualifying for a conventional loan or meeting the purchase…

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Selling Your Home – Property Taxes

Selling Your Home - Property Taxes Where can I learn more about appealing my property taxes? Contact your local tax assessor's office to see what procedures to follow to appeal your property tax assessment. You may be able to appeal your assessment informally.  Mostly likely, however, you will have to go through a formal tax-appeal processes, which begin with an appeal filed…

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Selling Your Home – Pricing the House to Sell

Selling Your Home - Pricing the House to Sell What is the difference between list and sales prices? The list price is how much a house is advertised for and is usually only an estimate of what a seller would like to get for the property. The sales price is the amount a property actually sells for. It may be the same…

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Selling Your Home – Negotiating

Selling Your Home - Negotiating Is there a secret to good negotiating? There are several cardinal rules to negotiating effectively. One is do your homework, and learn as much about the seller or the buyer as you can. Another is to play your cards close to your vest and not reveal too much information to the other party or their agent. Don't…

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Selling Your Home – Disclosure

Selling Your Home - Disclosure Whose obligation is it to disclose pertinent information about a property? In most states, it is the seller, but obligations to disclose information about a property vary. Under the strictest laws, you and your agent, if you have one, are required to disclose all facts materially affecting the value or desirability of the property which are known…

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Common Q&A About Selling Your Home

Selling Your Home - Common Q&A About Selling Your Home Should I add on or buy a bigger home? Consider these questions before making a choice between adding on to an existing home or moving up in the market to a bigger house: * How much money is available, either from cash reserves or through a home improvement loan, to remodel the…

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Selling Your Home – Appraisals & Market Value

Selling Your Home - Appraisals & Market Value What is the difference between market value and appraised value? The appraised value of a house is a certified appraiser's opinion of the worth of a home at a given point in time. Lenders require appraisals as part of the loan application process; fees range from $200 to $300. Market value is what price…

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Working With a Real Estate Agent

Buying Your Home - Working With a Real Estate Agent Can I use an agent for a new home? Yes, however buyers should be aware of the differences inherent in working with sales agents who are employed by the developer, rather than traditional real estate agents. Builders commonly require that an outside agent be present, and sign in, the first time a…

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