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The residential real estate market in much of the country recently has been a seller's market to one degree or another. The supply of homes for sale has been relatively low in many areas and the demand, conversely, has been high. Appreciation in many areas has been double-digit percentages. While buyers strain to qualify for loans -- even at record low interest rates -- and round up cash for a down payment, sellers lick their chops in anticipation. Windfall profits have come to be expected these days, but there still are ways sellers can market their property quickly with maximum gains and cut expenses at the same time.

Selling your home

Top 10 seller mistakes -- It's easier to be a seller than a buyer, but there are still plenty of bumps in the road.

Seller disclosure laws get tougher -- 'Let the buyer beware' is a thing of the past. These days, the onus is on the seller to disclose any and many defects.

Price your home at the top, but not over the top -- Pricing it lower than it should be is cheating yourself, but going overboard can lead to no sale at all.

20 things that can alter your home's value -- Some improvements can significantly increase the value of the home; others are worth little.

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Tax break for most sellers maximizes profits -- The capital gains tax exemption for many who sell their primary residence makes selling more profitable than ever.

Showing your home: It's like a first date -- Unlike location, a showing is one factor in the home-selling process you can control. A small investment in paint, carpet cleaner, a lawn mower, and Lysol can make startling improvements.

What to do when the offers come in -- One of the hardest parts of selling yourself is dealing face to face with a potential buyer over exact terms of the contract.
PLUS: Be safe while selling your home -- When you're selling your house, you're letting strangers into your home. Make sure you're safe.

7-step approach to selling your house -- Selling your house is a big move and requires lots of activity on your part. Here are seven important steps in the process.

Discount brokers: Getting what you pay for? -- The traditional 6-percent fee has been slashed to 2 percent by some, but is this being penny-wise and pound-foolish?

FSBOs can get discount help -- Just because you're selling your own home doesn't mean you can't get expert advice. Here's a look at firms that will help out, for a fee.

The listing contract: What's it all about? -- You're selling your house, not buying, so why do you have to sign something? Because it's a contract and you'd better know what's in it.

-- Posted: May 16, 2005

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