10 Ideas For a Quicker and Easier Sale When Selling Your House

1. NO CLUTTER. Throw out old newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small items like figurines and other trinkets. Store clothing that won’t be used in the near future to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage. Buyers like to visualize their possessions in the house and that is hard to do when the home is full of clutter.

2. Wash your windows and screens. This lets more light into the interior and dirty windows are a turn off.

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Five Reasons to Hold an Open House

Not all real estate practitioners are enthusiastic about the effectiveness of open houses, but here are five good reasons to consider holding one:

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  1. The odds are low but sometimes open houses lead to a sale.
  2. Home sellers like them. They like seeing their real estate professional working hard for them.
  3. Visitor feedback is good for sellers.
  4. Other real estate practitioners tour open houses and they sometimes produce sales.
  5. Open houses engage people, including friends and neighbors who might bring in a buyer.

Source: Inman News, Mary Umberger (02/17/2010)

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  • Pending Home Sales on an Upswing

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    Pending home sales increased again in March, affirming that a surge of home sales is unfolding for the spring home buying season, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in March, rose 5.3 percent to 102.9 from 97.7 in February, and is 21.1…

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Property For Sale At Lexington Square Condominium

Lexington Square Condominiums is located at 3830 North 9th Street and 3835 North 9th Street in Arlington, VA 22203.

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Understanding Agency Relationships

It’s important to understand what legal responsibilities your real estate salesperson has to you and to other parties in the transaction. Ask what type of agency relationship your agent has with you:

Seller’s representative (also known as a listing agent or seller’s agent)
A seller’s agent is hired by and represents the seller. All fiduciary duties are owed to the seller. The agency relationship usually is created by a listing contract.

Buyer’s representative (also known as a buyer’s agent)
A buyer’s agent is hired by prospective buyers to represent them in a real estate transaction. The buyer’s rep works in the buyer’s best interest throughout the transaction and owes fiduciary duties to the buyer. The buyer can pay the licensee directly through a negotiated fee, or the buyer’s rep may be paid by the seller or through a commission split with the seller’s agent.

Subagent
A subagent owes the same fiduciary duties to the agent’s customer as the agent does. Subagency usually arises when a cooperating sales associate from another brokerage, who is not the buyer’s agent, shows property to a buyer. In such a case, the subagent works with the buyer as a customer but owes fiduciary duties to the listing broker and the seller. Although a subagent cannot assist the buyer in any way that would be detrimental to the seller, a buyer-customer can expect to be treated honestly by the subagent. It is important that subagents fully explain their duties to buyers.

Disclosed dual agent
Dual agency is a relationship in which the brokerage firm represents both the buyer and the seller in the same real

estate transaction. Dual agency relationships do not carry with them all of the traditional fiduciary duties to clients. Instead, dual agents owe limited fiduciary duties. Because of the potential for conflicts of interest in a dual-agency relationship, it’s vital that all parties give their informed consent. In many states, this consent must be in writing. Disclosed dual agency, in which both the buyer and the seller are told that the agent is representing both of them, is legal in most states.

Designated agent (also called appointed agent)
This is a brokerage practice that allows the managing broker to designate which licensees in the brokerage will act as an agent of the seller and which will act as an agent of the buyer. Designated agency avoids the problem of creating a dual-agency relationship for licensees at the brokerage. The designated agents give their clients full representation, with all of the attendant fiduciary duties. The broker still has the responsibility of supervising both groups of licensees.

Nonagency relationship (called, among other things, a transaction broker or facilitator)
Some states permit a real estate licensee to have a type of nonagency relationship with a consumer. These relationships vary considerably from state to state, both as to the duties owed to the consumer and the name used to describe them. Very generally, the duties owed to the consumer in a nonagency relationship are less than the complete, traditional fiduciary duties of an agency relationship.

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Where is Raymondale in Falls Church VA?

Raymondale is located in Falls Church VA. Raymondale is a community of single family homes in Fairfax County at Burke. Raymondale was built around 1983. Raymondale is served by Westlawn Elementary School, Jackson Middle School, Falls Church High School.

Raymondale is close to parks & recreation and Close to 495 Speedlanes. Raymondale is served by Broyhill Park, Rose Lane Park. Raymondale is near Annandale Road and Brad Street.

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Random Harvest

Random Harvest is on the middle stretch of Old Town at King Street at 810 near Flying Fish, between Columbus and Alfred Streets. Their phone number is 703.548.8820. On the other side of the street is Austin Grill. Random Harvest has an eclectic mix of antique, vintage, and newly manufactured furniture in stock.While Random Harvest may appear to be a individually owned and operated boutique, it is in fact part of a larger chain of stores originating from the Upper West Side of New York City with a 25 year history. Additionally, there is a Random Harvest location in Arlington.In Alexandria, the hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday: 11am to 6pm and Sunday: 12 Noon to 6pm.

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Are you looking for a public-school Montessori Program in Arlington VA?

Drew Model Elementary School, located in Arlington, Virginia, serves grades PK-5 in the Arlington County Public Schools district. find homes by school district

Drew Model School Offers a multi-age Montessori program for children ages 3-11 with smaller age-grouped classes K-5. Drew Model offers Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)-Full day program four year old children. The school has an experienced, dedicated faculty and classroom volunteers that provide changing education through the arts partnership with the Kennedy Center (CETA). This school offers county-wide transportation.

Drew Model Elementary School
3500 South 23rd Street
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 228-5825

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Reasons Vacant Homes Are a Tough Sell

The argument for staging a house to get it ready for sale is largely based on what are perceived as the shortcomings of vacant, or unstaged, properties. For one, advocates of the staging process say a vacant home distracts would-be buyers from focusing on the actual real estate.

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Instead, they allow themselves to speculate on the possible reasons the house is on the market — divorce, financial straits, and other scenarios — as well as on any defects the property may have. Small flaws, like nail holes and worn carpeting, are much more noticeable when the rest of the space is empty. Additionally, a vacant home allows dust to settle and stale odors to linger and spread, cutting short showing times and generating fewer sale chances.

All of these factors lead prospective buyers to submit low-ball bids on vacant homes. Other times, they will not even make a bid at all because empty dwellings simply do not allow them to make an emotional connection to the property. They may not even be able to visualize how their own furnishings may fit in a room, causing them to lose interest, say staging professionals.

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Condos For Sale At New Providence Village

New Providence Village Condos is located at 7721 Inversham Drive in Falls Church VA 22042.

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Ravenwood is located at Seven Corners In Falls Church VA 22044.

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