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5 things every home seller must do
If you've been thinking about selling your home, you probably have tons of questions. Is this the right time to sell? What's the best way to start? How long will it take? What does it really cost?

Your home is your biggest asset and you have a lot invested in it, both financially and emotionally. A real estate agent can help reduce the stress and make your sale as successful as possible. Here are 5 steps to achieving that goal:

Read your CMA: To understand how to price your home, an agent-provided Comparative Market Analysis will show homes similar to yours, both ones that have recently sold and ones listed for sale.

Understand the costs: Every seller has to do the hard math. You need to determine how much equity you have in your home, understand the closing costs involved, and determine how much you expect to net from the sale.

Be ready for surprises: A flawless home sale is rare. Talk to your agent about what surprises you might encounter so you will be better prepared.

Stage it: To make the best first impression, professionally staging a home makes rooms look bigger and brighter, downplays the negative, and accentuates the positive.

Price it right: 45 percent of home sellers had to reduce their asking price at least once, which delayed the sale of their home, according to the National Association of Realtors. While your agent can share their pricing expertise, you set the price.
Avoid this mistake before filing a homeowners insurance claim
If you're going to file a homeowners insurance claim, be certain that you really want to file before you call your insurance company. Why? Because when you simply contact some insurance companies to ask how your policy covers a potential claim, that call may be documented as actually making a claim, reports the American Association of Retired People.

The potential negative impact of merely making an inquiry: higher insurance rates. And not just with your insurance firm, but others. A central database called CLUE - or Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange - shares your insurance track record with other insurance providers.

An Insurance Industry Institute spokesperson told AARP, "However, some companies treat all inquiries as reportable because from their perspective, you typically don't call with a hypothetical question." They recommend that homeowners talk to their insurance agent or company to find out their policy on claim inquiries.
New to the Market
20567 Country Side Drive, Macomb Twp, MI 48044
$350,000
4 Bedrooms  |  2.2 Bathrooms  |  2,750 Finished Sq. Ft.
Listing ID: 217042256

This Impeccably Maintained 2,750 Sq. Ft. Home Offers 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full and 2 Half Baths, Kitchen w/ Island, Pantry, Built in China Cabinet and Large Eating Area, 1st Floor Laundry, Office or Den, Formal Dining Room, Spacious Great Room with Stone Fireplace, Many Builder Extras include 4 Bay and 2 Box Windows, Newer Carpeting Throughout, Some Hardwood Floors, Master with Full Bath, Jacuzzi Tub and Large Walk in Closet, Finished Drywall and Carpeted Basement with 1/2 Bath and Lots of Storage, Private Partial Fenced Yard with Paver Patio, Chippewa Valley Schools. This home is clean and ready to move right in and located in a prime location.

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Clear the clutter: Best summer yard sale tips
When you want to clear the clutter, hold a yard sale. Here are some foolproof ways to make the most of your weekend sale:

Socialize: Post on Facebook the Sunday before your Saturday sale. Post again the day before and the morning of, and ask your friends to share these posts too. If your community has a special Facebook page for yard or garage sales, join to post there as well.

Promote: Post flyers printed on brightly colored paper to promote your sale. Use a giant font with the date, street name, and "Yard Sale." Want a ton of traffic? On that morning, place multiple neon signs leading to your house spaced out that say: "Yard Sale 500 Feet" – "Yard Sale 100 Feet" – "Yard Sale Next Right" – "Yard Sale Turn Here" and "Yard Sale – Go back!"

Simplify: Price items in round numbers and use colored stickers to denote the price of items: $1 items - green, $5 items - blue, $10 items - yellow, etc.
Lynn Caldwell

Sine & Monaghan, REALTORS® Real Living
18412 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
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