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The Best Way To Sell a Home in Mint Condition

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No. 4: Put your home on Zillow as a for-sale-by-owner (FSBO).

No. 5: Put your Zillow URL prominently on your yard sign.

No. 6: Create a detailed data sheet. Include a breakdown of your recent costs to justify your price.

No. 7: Have a blank offer-to-purchase form on the counter. Ask your attorney to create a simple, plain-language document.

No. 8: Require offers to include a recent mortgage lender pre-qualification letter.



You have done all the hard work already. You maintained your home and kept it up to date for 25 years. The house you describe in your question sells itself. Most buyers seek a home in top condition. You have three options:

a. Use a full-service real estate agent. If your pricing is accurate and you assume 6% commission, your net equity will be reduced by $39,000.

b. Use a discount broker where you do much of the work, and your net will be reduced considerably. Let's assume your net equity will be reduced by $15,000 to $20,000.

c. Do it yourself, and your net will be reduced to your time and the cost of the virtual tour, inspection and miscellaneous costs.


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