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Help Sellers Prepare to List with 5 Free Tips

By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic

In today’s market, cleaning a house about to be listed isn’t enough to cop a higher sales price. To boost your listing’s appeal, share the free “Pricing and Prep that Sells Your Home” article package from the REALTOR® Content Resource.

Just two of the tips you’ll find there:

1. Have a home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk. Advise clients to make repairs before putting the home on the market. In some states, you may have to disclose what the inspection turns up.

2. Get replacement estimates. If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs your client can’t fund, get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs. Also hunt down warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for appliances you expect to remain with the house.

For even more free tips on how to use comparable sales in pricing, listing and selling a green home, reducing the sales price, and making a home FHA-friendly—all of which you can use on your Web site, blog, or e-newsletter—head to the September “Pricing and Prep that Sells Your Home” article package at the REALTOR® Content Resource.

The REALTOR® Content Resource, the new tool brought to you by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, is an exclusive member benefit that entitles you to download free homeownership content to your consumer Web site, blog, or e-newsletter. HouseLogic is the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’® comprehensive consumer Web site geared to helping home owners make smart decisions to enhance, maintain, and protect the value of their home.

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