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Tips for Selling Your Home Fast

There are many reasons why you might need to sell a house quickly such as divorce, death of a loved one, or an international move.  Maybe you inherited the property and need the funds to help settle the estate so that you can move on with your life and not be tied down to a piece of real estate.  If I ever find myself in a situation where I need to sell my house fast, these are the tips I will use.

Price Your House Right

Everyone loves a deal, and there is no better way to sell a house quickly than to price it below market value.  You won’t get top dollar for sure, but you will be able to unload the property quickly and have several potential buyers from which to choose.

Sell Your House at Auction

You might be able to get a higher price and sell it fast if you held an auction.  At least you would know at the end of the day that it was sold.  However, unless your house is in a more popular location where there is great demand, you might end up with a lower price than if you had used more conventional methods.  But if the goal is to sell it quickly, an auction might be right for you.

Sell Your House to a Company

There are many companies that will offer to purchase your house from you.  They will make an offer less than market price which is how they make their profit.  Then they will sell the house or may even keep it and rent it out as an investment property.  If you have to move as a result of your job, some employers will include this as part of their relocation package.  Check to see if this is a perk that is offered with your company.

Should you choose that you want to try to get the most money out of your house and still sell it quickly, try these tips:

Clean Your House Up

Remember you will be competing against other sellers who have more time, so you really want to stand out from the competition which means the house should be exceptionally clean.  No one wants to think about doing more work to get a house ready for habitation.  Moving is work enough so most buyers will simply look elsewhere.

Make Necessary Repairs

Nothing says that a home inspection is only needed after a deal has been reached.  Have an inspection before listing and make the repairs.  That way, they will already be done prior to any offers so the house can close quickly.  You can use this information in the negotiations and stay firm on price knowing that there will be no surprises or additional costs.

Stage the House

If you really want to stand out from the crowd, then have your house staged.  There is no second chance for a first impression so having a professional who can lay out the furniture in the house and make it look great will go a long way to getting a top offer and getting the house sold fast.

And don’t forget that these tips apply to the outside as well.  A fresh coat of paint and nice landscaping is important as well.  Curb appeal is a big part of that first impression.

So keep these ideas in mind if you ever need to sell a house fast.

Readers:  Any other tips for selling a house quickly?



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Happy Thanksgiving Plus

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Thanks for reading.  I am honored that many of you are still stopping by even though I haven’t been the most prolific writer during the past several months.

We are heading to Illinois to spend time with family, but have to make it a one day trip to get back to take care of the puppies which are six weeks old.  So it will be a quick trip with about 5 hours spent on the road, but I have some reading with me to keep me occupied while my son drives.  In fact, I am typing this right now from Interstate 74, but won’t be making this too long so I don’t get car sick.

Speaking of family, we (my wife, brother, and mom) went to visit my dad in the nursing home last evening.  He has Alzheimer’s and had a major stroke this past weekend.  He is essentially unresponsive and can’t swallow anything so he won’t be taking any medications or food. I doubt that they will be able to get water in him either.  He has a living will so we won’t be doing anything heroic.  I would expect it will only be a matter of days.

The good news is that he was pretty healthy until two years ago when the Alzheimer’s set in pretty hard.  And he had been able to live at home until 6 weeks ago so these last stages have occurred fairly quickly and won’t be a long, drawn out process.


Moving on to a more pleasant note, here are the carnivals that have included articles from my blogs over the past few weeks.  Again, I am having to catch up:

Yakezie Carnival   – CFM
Lifestyle Carnival #28 – PT, GPM
Carnival of Money Pros   – PT, GPM
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #56 – PT
Festival of Frugality #362 – PT
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #55 – PT
Yakezie Carnival    – CFM
Carnival of Investing #12    – PT
Final Football Thoughts
One of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving is watch the football games, so I am looking forward to this afternoon.  I always cheer for Detroit (dad is from Detroit) so that is a no-brainer.  Plus I will be hoping that RG III has a good game since he is on my fantasy team.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Blogging from Las Vegas

I was hoping to write something before we left and get it published, but the last three days have been incredibly busy getting ready to come to this conference for work in Las Vegas.  The good news is that we (my wife and I) arrived safely and will have four days without kids.  Yay!

I think she is making the time zone transition fairly well.  She managed to stay up until 1 am Eastern time which was 10 pm here.  Now it is 7:30 here so the day should seem like a normal day.  I stayed up an hour later and woke up about an hour ago, but that still gave me almost 7 hours of sleep so I should be OK.  The problem is the incredible headache I am having.  Don’t think I got my usual dose of caffeine yesterday.

Anyway, there is probably not a lot to talk about when it comes to Las Vegas and cash flow other than stuff is really expensive.  The conference is being held at the Wynn so we are in Encore.  A bottle of water in the mini-bar costs $9.  Thank goodness I am being reimbursed otherwise I wouldn’t be staying here.

My wife and I will have time in the evenings to catch a few shows so the only real costs for the trip will be our own entertainment, her plane ticket, and her food.  Today is a free day so we will have to figure out what to do once she wakes up and try to catch a show tonight.  I want to see either Criss Angel or CSI and she is wanting to see one of the Cirque du Soleil shows or Blue Man Group.  We will have to see if we can get a deal on something since Blue Man was over $125 per ticket just to get in the door.


So while I try to figure out what shows to attend and how to get the cheapest price, check out the carnivals in which my blogs were included over the past couple weeks:

Lifestyle Carnival   – PT
The Wealth Artisan FinCarn  – PT, GPM
Carnival of Money Pros   – PT
Carnival of Retirement #41 – GPM, PT
Carnival of Investing #7  – PT
Carnival of Investing #9 – CFM
Yakezie Carnival  – CFM
Lifestyle Carnival #26  – PT, GPM
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