Selling Made Simple

Backed by our experience selling hundreds of homes, our real estate experts share their tips on preparing your home to sell, finding the best agent, and maximizing your sales price.

7 Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent
Finding an Agent
7 Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent

Is your house not selling? Are you not getting offers accepted? If you’re worried about your real estate agent, look for these red flags.

Does the Seller Have to Be Present at Closing?
Preparing to Sell
Does the Seller Have to Be Present at Closing?

You typically don't have to be at the closing of your home sale, even if the closing isn't "remote." There are some other things you'll need to do, however.

How to Calculate a House's Square Footage
Preparing to Sell
How to Calculate a House's Square Footage

Once you know what a square foot looks like, you can figure out how many square feet are in your home, from the basement on up.

What Does Home Staging Cost, and Is It Worth It?
Preparing to Sell
What Does Home Staging Cost, and Is It Worth It?

Home staging helps your home look its best for potential buyers. Let’s break down the costs to understand what you’re getting.

Can a Buyer Back Out After the Final Walkthrough?
Closing on a Home
Can a Buyer Back Out After the Final Walkthrough?

Though it's rare, in some situations, buyers are allowed to back out after the final walkthrough. Here's how to avoid that.

What Do You Need To Do After a Home Inspection?
Preparing to Sell
What Do You Need To Do After a Home Inspection?

What fixes are mandatory after a home inspection? Who pays for repairs? And what comes next?

Selling The House During A Divorce: What You Should Know
Preparing to Sell
Selling The House During A Divorce: What You Should Know

If you're going through a divorce and need to sell your house, just know you've got options.

Should You Sell or Rent Out Your House?
Preparing to Sell
Should You Sell or Rent Out Your House?

Should you cash out with a big sale of your house and use that to fund your new life, or turn your house into a rental and collect money every month?

How Soon Can I Sell My House After Buying It?
Preparing to Sell
How Soon Can I Sell My House After Buying It?

Six months? Two years? Five years? Learn how soon is too soon to sell your home.

11 Factors That Affect Your Home Appraisal
Preparing to Sell
11 Factors That Affect Your Home Appraisal

Which factors negatively affect your home appraisal, and thus the value of your house? Which factors will the appraiser ignore?

How to Sell a House In Poor Condition
Preparing to Sell
How to Sell a House In Poor Condition

If you need to sell a home in poor condition for whatever reason, how can you make the process easier?

How To Get Your Home Ready for Sale
Preparing to Sell
How To Get Your Home Ready for Sale

When getting your home ready for sale, there are a number of things you can do to ensure it sells quickly and without issues. This list of tips will help.

What to Expect at Your List with Orchard Consultation
Orchard Process
What to Expect at Your List with Orchard Consultation

Orchard consultations are a great way to determine if working with us is right for you. Learn what is covered in this 40-minute, no-obligation session.

A-Z Glossary: 50+ Common Real Estate Terms You Should Know
Glossary
A-Z Glossary: 50+ Common Real Estate Terms You Should Know

Don't let real estate jargon overcomplicate your buying and selling experience. Our glossary is here to help you understand the most important terms.

How Long Does it Take to Sell a House?
Preparing to Sell
How Long Does it Take to Sell a House?

Ready to sell your home? But exactly how long does it take to sell a house? Here’s a look at the home selling process and how long it may take for you.

How Much Are Seller Closing Costs?
Closing on a Home
How Much Are Seller Closing Costs?

Thinking about selling your house? Here’s a breakdown of your seller closing costs, so you can get an idea of how much you’ll make from your investment.

How Can I Sell My House Fast in Dallas?
Preparing to Sell
How Can I Sell My House Fast in Dallas?

When it comes to real estate, timing is everything. If you’re looking to sell your house fast in Dallas, Texas, here are some things to watch out for.

What Does a Title Company Do?
Closing on a Home
What Does a Title Company Do?

Your title company plays a major role in your home purchase or sale. Here’s an overview of what a title company does and how to find a title company near you.

Home Appraisal Checklist for Buyers and Sellers
Home Inspections & Appraisals
Home Appraisal Checklist for Buyers and Sellers

How can you make sure your home buying or selling journey goes as smoothly as possible? This home appraisal checklist for buyers and sellers will do just that.

What is an Open House? Everything Buyers and Sellers Need to Know
Glossary
What is an Open House? Everything Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

Wondering exactly what an open house in real estate is? This post walks buyers and sellers through everything they need to know to make the most of open houses.

Should I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Preparing to Sell
Should I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

If you were hoping to buy or sell a home this year, you might be second-guessing things now. Here's why this could still be a good time to buy or sell a house.

How Long Do You Have to Live in a VA Loan Home Before Selling?
VA Loans
How Long Do You Have to Live in a VA Loan Home Before Selling?

If you’re looking to move out of your VA loan home, you might be wondering how long you have to live in the home before selling. Here’s what to know.

The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist
Preparing to Sell
The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist

A traditional home sale can be pretty stressful, but it doesn't have to be. This checklist for selling a home will help you prepare for the journey ahead.

Who Pays Closing Costs: The Buyer or Seller?
Closing on a Home
Who Pays Closing Costs: The Buyer or Seller?

When you're buying or selling a house, who pays the closing costs? The home buyer or the seller? Let's break down these costs so you know what to expect.

3 Reasons to Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection
Home Inspections & Appraisals
3 Reasons to Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Thinking about selling your home? Here are 3 reasons why getting a pre-listing home inspection could help you sell your home faster and for top dollar.

Selling a House with a Mortgage? What You Need to Know
Preparing to Sell
Selling a House with a Mortgage? What You Need to Know

Are you planning to sell your home with a mortgage this year? Here are the most common questions you should know about selling a house with a mortgage.

The Seller's Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist
Home Improvement
The Seller's Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist

Thinking about selling your house? This seller's home maintenance checklist will help you ensure that your home is in tip-top shape once it's time to sell.

How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?
Home Inspections & Appraisals
How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?

If you're a home buyer or seller on a tight schedule, you might be wondering, \"How long does a home inspection take?\" Here's everything you need to know.

When's the Best Time to Sell a House?
Preparing to Sell
When's the Best Time to Sell a House?

Selling your home is a big deal, so you’ll want to make sure the timing is right. When’s the best time to sell a house? Here are some real estate market trends.

What is a Seller Concession?
Glossary
What is a Seller Concession?

One piece of the real estate puzzle that a home buyer and seller will likely negotiate is a seller concession. Here’s exactly what a seller concession means.

5 Tips For Selling a House As-Is
Preparing to Sell
5 Tips For Selling a House As-Is

What if you simply want to sell your house quickly, so you can move on with your life? Here are 5 tips you need to know when selling your house as-is.

The True Cost of Selling a House
Mortgage & Financing
The True Cost of Selling a House

If you’re selling your house, you’re probably wondering how much you’ll make, but how much the home sale could cost? Learn the true costs of selling a home.

How Does Orchard’s Concierge Service Work?
Orchard Process
How Does Orchard’s Concierge Service Work?

Wondering if you should spruce up your home before you list? Learn how Orchard's Concierge service is the hassle-free way to get your home show-ready.

What is An Earnest Money Deposit?
Glossary
What is An Earnest Money Deposit?

One real estate element that many of us tend to forget is the earnest money deposit. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, here’s what you’ll want to know.

What is an Option Period?
Texas
What is an Option Period?

Are you buying or selling a home in Texas? One feature that’s unique to the Texas real estate market is the option period. So how does an option period work?

4 Questions You Need to Ask Before Signing a Listing Contract
Preparing to Sell
4 Questions You Need to Ask Before Signing a Listing Contract

Looking for a great real estate agent for your home sale? Here are 4 questions to ask potential candidates before signing a listing agreement.

How Do I Sell My House? Tips for a Stress-Free Sale
Preparing to Sell
How Do I Sell My House? Tips for a Stress-Free Sale

“How do I sell my house without going crazy?” Home sales can be stressful at times, but these tips can help ensure a smooth experience for you and your family.