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Want to sell your house? Want to sell it with the least degree of aggravation?  Want to make the most you can from the sale?   If so, realize you will face a range of challenges. To jump these hurdles successfully, you have to learn the ins and outs of selling.

So, are you wanting to sell it yourself?  Do you want a real estate agent? Do you know the difference between a realtor and a real estate agent? There cannot be too much information in making this initial decision.  If you want to sell it yourself, you still want a lawyer to write the contracts and make sure all the legalities are followed. The main benefit of selling it yourself is that you don’t have to pay an agent a percentage of the sale.  There are so many ways a sell-it- yourself plan can backfire, that most people decide to go with an agent.

Now, as to the difference between the two. Both a realtor and real estate agent are licensed to sell real estate. However, a realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors and as such to follow the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.  Most folks choose to go with a realtor because of this ethical code.

How to determine the asking price?

The tax records is a starting point (the problem with this idea is that the tax records take up to seven years between appraisals.

A realtor will assess

Some tools that can be effective at helping you sell your property include newspaper listings, real estate agent contacts, and also realty websites that you can find online. Utilize every option if you want to be as thorough as possible in your search for a buyer.

An ideal situation for you may be to set up conditions for a bidding war. If your price is slightly lower than that of similar homes in your neighborhood, you might hear from a lot of interested people. You may get a higher price than what you were asking for if a bidding war begins.

Use bonuses as a way to get sales. Have you seen the commercials that offer appliances with a home purchase? This will definitely entice your potential customers into purchasing.

Clean the windows inside and outside to make your home look fresh. Windows that sparkle brings in the light, making your home feel so much brighter. Potential buyers will certainly perceive the change although they won’t realize that it was accomplished by two or three hours of window washing.

If you are eager to sell your property, find out what the lowest asking price is on comparable homes in your neighborhood, and list your home at a price that is 10 percent lower than that. This will draw in buyers looking for a reasonable price.

Because potential buyers like to envision themselves living in a house they’re thinking about purchasing, you should try to eliminate all visible signs of your personal imprint on the home. Move personal effects, especially family pictures and heirlooms out of sight. Buyers need to see their own family living there, not yours. In addition, you should eliminate all the clutter in the home so that its space can be shown off properly instead of your personal stuff.

You can make good money when it comes to real estate, but you have to know when you should be making the right moves. You also have to get a little lucky at the same time. Need to sell a property in North Carolina? Searching for a real estate agent in Clayton to help you with the process? Get in touch with Teresa Byrd today.

Installing new flooring is a major expense, and the long-term benefits will accrue to whoever is living there, not to you. Instead, clean them well and patch up any faults to give a good impression.


So, what’ the deal with trees?  One thing is that we would have a hard time breathing without them.  Changing carbon dioxide into oxygen is necessary for life!  Many people think that a tree just does its thing…hanging out in the woods, it grows and gives shade or fruit,   nuts or wood!


So, what happens if a tree gets sick?  You could let nature just take its course or  you could try to fix it yourself.  But…uh…just how handy are you with a chainsaw? Up a tree with a chainsaw?

sick tree

Working with trees is a challenge for anyone because it is very dangerous work.  It is so easy for a tree or limb to fall in the wrong direction landing on something it shouldn’t.  It is very easy for the do it yourselfer to fall or have the saw malfunction and cause injury or damage.

If you survive, does the tree?  It is easy to damage a tree to the point that it will not survive.   A tree can be subjected to insects or fungus from the cuts, if not done properly.

All things considered, tree work should probably be done by a professional.  There are any number of people who advertise that they trim/top/cut down trees.   If you decide to hire someone, do make sure they are qualified, bonded and insured.   The best idea is to get your work done by a certified arborist.

And just what is an arborist?  The dictionary definition: A arborist is a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs, including tree surgery, the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of tree diseases, and the control of pests. 

You could also check your local NC Agricultural Extensive Service or State Foresters for advice.  If you do decide  to do the work yourself, then get advice/training and make sure your insurance is up to date.

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
–  Abraham Lincoln  

Stuff: Keep or Toss?

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Why do we keep things that we don’t really want or need? 

Memories are tied to our stuff.  Whether it is a football from the last high school game? Or maybe the crumbled corsage from a wonderful date?  Maybe it is the scarf your favorite aunt knitted but you would not be caught dead wearing?   It doesn’t matter what it is, all of us keep stuff that tickle or massage our memories.

Guilt is another reason we keep stuff.  Especially things that are inherited or are given to us “to keep it in the family” or to have something that belonged to your great-grandmother.   You could not toss that bentwood rocker your Mother rocked you in!  Could you?  This is the same rocker that needs more money that it’s worth to repair.  You spent too much on that pair of shoes, you can’t just put them in a yard sale.  And too many of us have jammed closets because we have entire wardrobes in three different sizes.

Fear is a third reason we hold on to things that we don’t need. I need two of something because if something happens to one, I will have the second.  I am afraid I might not have the money to get another one.  I really need three of them because someone might not return the one they borrowed.  I lose things and I am afraid I will be left short!

There are tons of organizing books written on how to cut clutter.  The problem is not the stuff, but the reasons we keep these things.

If you are forced to downsize you have to make some decisions.  If you are afraid to let go of something because it sparks a memory, some people suggest taking a picture of the item and then let it go. There are plenty of ways to honor the memories instead of a dried flower bouquet.  Keeping a son’s ten year moldy macaroni Christmas ornament is not proof of your love.

One thing that can help in  cleaning out a clothes closet is to  have someone to hold up an item and you decide “keep, donate or not sure.” After the closet is emptied, go back to the not sure pile and make the keep or toss decisions.  Then bag up the donate pile and put it in the car’s trunk.  For some reason, having someone else hold the item makes it easier to make a decision.

If you have a packed attic, basement, garage or storage area  (or all  of the above), you might need someone like Mc-Junk can step in and help clarify those items you can let go.

Thoreau advised us to  “Simplify, simplify!”  When we are inundated by “stuff” that is good advice for all of us!



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