Category Archives: Home Sellers

How to Downsize Without Panicking the Pets

A woman downsizing her home with her dog in a moving box.

According to the National Association of Realtors, homebuyers actively search for a house an average of  8 weeks before making a final decision. House hunting requires planning, access to finances, and a balance of present and future needs. Add pets into the mix and each new effort is slightly more complicated.

Realty Executives explores various useful tips to help make your house hunt easy and streamlined for you and the pets. 

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5 Legal Issues Home Sellers Should be Aware Of

A seller reviewing legal issues with his or her attorney.

If you are working hard to get your home ready to sell, this may be a good time to take a break and learn about a few of the legal issues that await you. The process of selling a home presents you, the seller, with one legal issue after another that must be addressed and resolved. If you fail to do so, you could lose a buyer or, even worse, end up being sued for damages.

That last part about a lawsuit probably got your attention, but keep in mind that most homeowners get through the process of selling a home without a lawsuit or disgruntled buyer. It all depends on taking the time to recognize and fulfill your legal obligations as a seller while also ensuring that your rights are protected.

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7 Tips for Selling a Rental Property

A real estate agent selling a rental property to a middle aged couple.

There are many reasons why people decide to sell their property. One of the most common ones is, of course, profit, or the lack of it. You might have spotted a chance in the market to profit by selling your property, or you have simply realized that renting it will not bring you the kind of profit you’re looking for, so you naturally decide to sell it. Nevertheless, there are many other reasons why people opt for this decision.

Selling a rental property is an exciting adventure, but you need to do it right. This is precisely why our Realty Executives team has decided to share some valuable tips for selling a rental property, so let’s get into it.

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8 Upgrades to Avoid When Selling Your Home

A kitchen blueprint with tile samples and measuring tools on it, a upgrade to avoid.

Buying a home is exciting. It can also be nerve-wracking, complicated, risky, and keep you awake at night. The same can be said about selling your home. Both are important decisions that can potentially change your life.

Buying or selling a home requires a lot of preparation. We recommend that you research and consult a professional realtor to streamline the process. Additionally, use all the information available and look at other people’s experiences in selling their homes so you can avoid common mistakes. For example, many homeowners decide to do some remodeling prior to listing their home on the market. While this can improve your chances of sale at the best price point, there are some upgrades to avoid when selling your home.

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7 Mistakes to Avoid While Moving with a Pet

A family who is moving with a pet.

It’s safe to say that moving to a new place is just as nerve-racking as it is fun for most people.

A new home can usually mark a feeling of positivity and excitement, a fresh start somewhere new. However, our pets don’t see it that way.

Moving to a new place is confusing and sometimes even traumatic for your pet, whether it be a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, reptile, etc. This is because most pets need routine and familiarity. Once a familiar environment and way of life is established, it becomes difficult for them to get adjust and become socialized to something new.

Unfortunately, pet owners either forget this fact or completely overlook it, resulting in their pets becoming extremely stressed out without their owners realizing why.

It’s crucial to learn how to effectively prep and guide your pet through the moving process and how to adjust. To get some tips on doing this, keep reading and learn about some of the most common mistakes to avoid while moving with your fluffy, feathery, or scaly friends.

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How to Use Video to Sell Your House

A person showing us how to make a video to sell your home.

Have you decided to sell your house? If that’s the case, one of the first things you’ll need to do is make sure it’s ready to sell. This means making any necessary repairs and doing a little bit of staging. But don’t forget about one of the most important aspects of selling: marketing your home. Using videos is a great way to do this. In this post, we’ll give you a few tips on how to use videos to sell your house. Keep reading to learn more!

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What to Know About Contract Contingencies

A realtor and buyer talking about the real estate contract and contingencies to include.

There are many steps to purchasing a new home. After the initial offer is made, buyers and sellers often negotiate before they come to an agreement. Buyers then deposit earnest money to show they are serious about the purchase, and both parties begin the closing process.

However, a lot of things can go wrong between signing the contract and closing on a house. To protect buyers, several types of contract contingencies may be included in the contract. These allow the buyer to legally back out of the sale if necessary.

Many home contract contingencies are accepted by sellers, but some may weaken offers on a home. Here are four common types of home contract contingencies and how to tell which ones may be right for you.

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Moving to an Assisted Living Community in Phoenix? Here’s How to Decide What Happens to Your Current Home

A woman and a caregiver in an assisted living facility looking at something in the distance.

Deciding that now is the right time to move to an assisted living community in Phoenix, AZ, is a big deal. You’ll be altering your life in a significant way. Plus, for homeowners, it also means you’ll need to determine what happens with your house.

Examining the benefits and drawbacks of various strategies can make it easier to figure out what’s best. Here’s a look at some available options that can help you decide what happens to your current home as you move into an assisted living facility.

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6 Signs It’s Time to Upsize

A family with two young children playing in moving boxes.

Most people love their current homes, especially if the home is where they grew up or where they have raised their children. But no matter how many memories those homes hold, there may come a time when you will simply need to move into something bigger. Maybe your family is growing, perhaps you’ve acquired too much stuff that you can’t let go of, or maybe you need more room for your hobby. These are all signs it’s time to upsize your home. If you want to know more about these signs, keep on reading.

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When is the Best Time to Update a Kitchen?

A kitchen that has been updated with new gray cabinetry and backsplash.

A home reflects the type of lifestyle it houses. The kitchen in a house with kids will be very different from the one used by a single person or empty nesters, and this will often lead to design decisions for the space.

If you are looking to sell, the consensus among real estate experts is that kitchen updates are important at some point before selling. What if you’re planning on staying in the house for a decade or more? It still may make sense to make them part of a renovation project rather than doing minor touch-ups here and there.

The best time to update a kitchen space can vary depending on your circumstances. However, there are some general guidelines that you can follow to help make the process easier.

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