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How to Rent Your Home

February 6th, 2007

How to rent out your house

When a rental property lands in your lap, should you hold or fold? Outsource the management or do it yourself? Are you ready for the tenants, toilets and trash?

It doesn't take much to turn an ordinary homeowner into a landlord. Maybe you have to move but want to keep your home and rent it out. Or you have a change of fortune -- you get married, receive an inher ...

How to sell in a homebuyer's market

February 6th, 2007

How to sell in a homebuyer's market

Has it been a while since you sold a house? Things have changed in the last six months.

Angela Stamoulos, an education manager for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, trains agents to educate sellers about the changed market.

The trick these days, she says, is to distinguish your property from the large number of ...

When to Sell?

October 9th, 2006

When to Sell?

Real estate market conditions are in constant flux.

National lending rates and local trends will have a large impact on your asking price, anticipated selling time and negotiating power.

  • In a buyer's market the supply of property listings exceeds the number of buyers. Here, prices will plateau or even drop, homes will stay on the market longer, and buyers will have more negotiating ...

How Much to Ask?

October 9th, 2006

How Much to Ask?

Before you list your home, you must determine your asking price. This largely depends on the selling price of other properties in your neighbourhood with comparable square footage, amenities and features.

The asking price is usually established somewhat higher than its actual worth to provide some room for negotiation. Setting it too high may deter some prospects and result in ...

Costs of Selling

October 9th, 2006

What Costs are Involved?

As you make your decision to sell and establish a fair asking price, there are some notable selling costs to consider:

  • Home Inspection / Repair Costs
    The buyer or seller is often required to commission a Home Inspection Report as a condition of the Contract to Purchase and Sale. Conditions within this contract may impose additional costs on the seller.

  • Closing Costs
    • Lawye ...

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