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Find out how to sell your home for top dollar with advice and tips from our top local real estate agents.

How to take real estate listing photos
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How to take real estate listing photos

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when trying to sell your home. Here's why real estate listing photography is so crucial.

A guide to HOA transfer fees
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A guide to HOA transfer fees

HOA transfer fees cover administrative costs related to transferring ownership of the home and are typically paid by a seller, but it depends.

What are limited-service listings and agents in real estate?
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What are limited-service listings and agents in real estate?

Limited-service listings and agents don’t offer the full services of a traditional agent but are useful if you want more control over selling your home.

Are low-commission Realtors worth It?
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Are low-commission Realtors worth It?

You can potentially save thousands of dollars listing your home with a low-commission real estate agent, but there are some drawbacks to be aware of.

Examples of creative real estate listing descriptions — and how to write them 
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Examples of creative real estate listing descriptions — and how to write them 

To write an effective creative listing description, highlight unique features, use descriptive language, and keep it skimmable.

Landscaping ideas to boost your curb appeal: Transform your home's exterior with these 12 tips
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Landscaping ideas to boost your curb appeal: Transform your home's exterior with these 12 tips

Not all landscaping ideas are created equal. Stick to these 12 tips to ensure your home improvement project gives you the most ROI and enjoyment.

8 tips for hiring a contractor for your home renovation
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8 tips for hiring a contractor for your home renovation

Hiring a contractor is like buying a house — it takes some time and research. Here's how to find and hire the best contractor for your needs.

The average New York real estate commission in 2023
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The average New York real estate commission in 2023

The current real estate commission rate in 2023 for New York is 4.97% for listing agents.

A full breakdown of Zillow listing fees in 2023
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A full breakdown of Zillow listing fees in 2023

It's free to list a home for sale on Zillow, but you’ll have to pay fees if you want more exposure or options, like getting your listing featured or sponsored. 

8 eye-opening home-staging statistics for 2023
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8 eye-opening home-staging statistics for 2023

If you're considering skipping home staging, think again. Here are eight statistics that might change your mind.

How accurate are Zillow's estimates?
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How accurate are Zillow's estimates?

A Zestimate is an estimated market value for a property, but how accurate are Zillow's estimates? We break down what impacts Zestimate accuracy and more.

Offerpad Reviews
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Offerpad Reviews

Looking for Offerpad reviews? Read our in-depth analysis of Offerpad's home buying process, including their fees, customer service, and overall value.

7 stats to know about doing FSBO vs. using a Realtor
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7 stats to know about doing FSBO vs. using a Realtor

Here are seven statistics to know about people who sell their home without a realtor (FSBO).

The average Georgia Realtor commission in 2023
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The average Georgia Realtor commission in 2023

The average Realtor commission in Georgia is 5.76%, slightly higher than the current national average of 5.37%.

How to sell your house fast: 16 tips from industry experts
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How to sell your house fast: 16 tips from industry experts

Learn how to sell your house fast with these top 16 expert-backed tips from real estate industry insiders.

Net proceeds: What are they and how do you calculate them?
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Net proceeds: What are they and how do you calculate them?

Net proceeds are the net amount a seller takes away after selling a house. It takes some calculating to figure out what you'll get, so here are a few examples.

A guide to decluttering your home
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A guide to decluttering your home

Learn the eight steps to completely declutter your home, useful if you just want to simplify your life or right before selling your home.

Should I sell my house and rent when I retire?
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Should I sell my house and rent when I retire?

The main reasons to sell your house and rent in retirement are less maintenance, more independence, and potential savings on housing costs.

Best paint colors to sell a house for $6,500 more in 2023
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Best paint colors to sell a house for $6,500 more in 2023

The best paint colors to sell a house are warm neutrals. Here are some other suggestions from real estate experts and tips for choosing the perfect color.

The average Oregon real estate commission in 2023 
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The average Oregon real estate commission in 2023 

In Oregon, the average Realtor commission in 2022 was 4.99%, and it's expected to rise in 2023.

The average real estate commission in Washington in 2023
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The average real estate commission in Washington in 2023

Washington’s average real estate commission in 2022 was 5.30%, just under the national average of 5.37%. It’s likely to be similar, or slightly higher, in 2023.

What is a due-on-sale clause?
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What is a due-on-sale clause?

‍If your mortgage contains a due-on-sale clause, you may be required to repay the loan in full when you sell the property or transfer ownership of it.

Which is better? Orchard vs. traditional real estate
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Which is better? Orchard vs. traditional real estate

Orchard's digital tools, guaranteed cash offer, and move first service give its customers a considerable edge over traditional real estate offerings.

Flyhomes review: What to know about this power buyer company
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Flyhomes review: What to know about this power buyer company

Flyhomes reviews cite the company's convenience but homebuyers lament the higher costs and lack of a dedicated real estate agent. Here's what you need to know.

Are home improvements tax deductible? Here are 5 repairs you can deduct on your taxes
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Are home improvements tax deductible? Here are 5 repairs you can deduct on your taxes

Home improvements are only tax deductible if they count as medical expenses, help with energy efficiency, or are repairs made to a home office or rental home.

Knock.com reviews: What to know about this alternative mortgage lender
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Knock.com reviews: What to know about this alternative mortgage lender

This company is helping people buy and sell a house at the same time, but Knock.com reviews reveal its often at a higher price than traditional real estate.

Market predictions for 2023 — and how we got here
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Market predictions for 2023 — and how we got here

We spoke to our in-house industry experts to make sense of the housing market, predict where it’s headed, and compile a list of tips for navigating 2023.

The average Colorado real estate commission in 2023
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The average Colorado real estate commission in 2023

The average real estate commission rate in Colorado is 5.52% for listing agents.

The average real estate commission in 2023
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The average real estate commission in 2023

The current real estate commission rate is 5.37% for listing agents nationwide.

The average Texas real estate commission in 2023
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The average Texas real estate commission in 2023

The current average real estate commission rate in Texas is 5.59% for listing agents.

What is curb appeal, and how can you boost it?
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What is curb appeal, and how can you boost it?

Curb appeal is the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street. Learn how to increase curb appeal for your house with these examples.

What to know about selling with Redfin
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What to know about selling with Redfin

Redfin agents handle up to three times as many transactions as a traditional agent, which can mean less attention and less personalized service when selling.

What is a gift of equity? How do I use one?
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What is a gift of equity? How do I use one?

A gift of equity is when the home seller gives a discount by lowering the sale price, thus passing their equity to the homebuyer.

What is a sale leaseback in real estate?
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What is a sale leaseback in real estate?

A sale-leaseback is a mutually beneficial transaction where a homeowner sells their house, but leases it from the new owner and continues to live there.

What is a transfer tax?
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What is a transfer tax?

Transfer taxes are imposed by the state or local government when real estate changes hands, including a home sale, but it's not charged everywhere.

What is HomeLight? An overview for sellers and buyers
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What is HomeLight? An overview for sellers and buyers

Users have offered many HomeLight reviews, which we use to examine HomeLight as a service.

What is Opendoor and is it worth it?
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What is Opendoor and is it worth it?

Homeowners who need to sell fast may choose the convenience and speed of using Opendoor’s instant offer, but they pay a price for doing so.

What is a comparative market analysis (CMA) in real estate?
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What is a comparative market analysis (CMA) in real estate?

A CMA in real estate is an exercise that determines the market value of a home based on similar homes that have sold recently.

Real estate comps: How do I get them for my house?
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Real estate comps: How do I get them for my house?

Real estate comps are comparable home sales and they're used to figure out a home's market value. You can run comps on your own, but it's best to ask an agent.

What happens to a mortgage when someone dies?
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What happens to a mortgage when someone dies?

When a mortgage-holder dies, no one is required to take on the loan unless there is a co-borrower or cosigner.

What are AVMs in real estate?
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What are AVMs in real estate?

Automatic valuations are becoming more popular for people who want to know the value of their home without going through the official appraisal process.

How to find out how much a house sold for
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How to find out how much a house sold for

Knowing how to find out how much a house sold for can be a challenge. There are several methods, but the most reliable way is to ask your real estate agent.

13 companies that buy houses for cash (and the best alternatives)
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13 companies that buy houses for cash (and the best alternatives)

Companies that buy houses for cash are a good solution if you need to sell fast, but there are better options if you want to make top dollar on your home sale.

What is a net listing?
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What is a net listing?

In a net listing agreement, the real estate agent is only paid if they sell the home for more than the amount dictated by the seller.

Should you sell your house on Craigslist?
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Should you sell your house on Craigslist?

Homeowners looking to save money on their sale may choose to sell their house on Craigslist, but this option comes with drawbacks. Here's what you need to know.

What is a seller net sheet and do I need one?
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What is a seller net sheet and do I need one?

A seller net sheet is a document that estimates the total amount of fees and expenses related to selling your home, and how much you'll make from the sale.

What are fixtures in real estate?
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What are fixtures in real estate?

A fixture is physical property that’s affixed to the home. If the item isn’t movable, or if you need tools of some kind to detach it, it's probably a fixture.

Homes selling for a million dollars are on the rise — they're also getting smaller
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Homes selling for a million dollars are on the rise — they're also getting smaller

Sales of million-dollar homes and newly minted million-dollar homes are increasing in today's hottest markets.

What is a listing agreement?
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What is a listing agreement?

A listing agreement is a document sets out the terms for your relationship with the real estate agent selling your house.

How to sell your house to a family member
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How to sell your house to a family member

From tax implications to financing hoops to the family strife and drama, selling a house to a relative may not be the best decision for you as a home seller.

All about open listings in real estate
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All about open listings in real estate

An open listing agreement is a legally binding contract between a seller and a listing agent or broker that is non-exclusive.

Everything to know about selling inherited property
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Everything to know about selling inherited property

When you sell an inherited house you might realize a big financial gain, but there are multiple financial considerations to take before selling.

Price reductions: When should I lower my house price?
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Price reductions: When should I lower my house price?

If you're not getting any offers or showing your house that often, then it may be a sign to reduce the price of your home.

Can I sell my house while in forbearance?
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Can I sell my house while in forbearance?

Unless your mortgage loan agreement explicitly states otherwise, there is no reason you cannot sell your home while it’s in forbearance.

Should I sell my house now?
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Should I sell my house now?

The market has never been more confusing, but for home sellers who are ready to move, 2023 will remain a good time to sell a house.

What is a rent-back agreement?
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What is a rent-back agreement?

A rent-back agreement gives sellers extra time to live in a home after closing by paying rent to the new buyer. It can get complicated for both sides.

Selling your house without a realtor in 2023: What you need to know
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Selling your house without a realtor in 2023: What you need to know

You can sell your house without a realtor and save on agent fees, but you'll pay in other ways. Here's what you need to know about selling without a realtor.

The pros (and cons) of using a for sale sign on your home
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The pros (and cons) of using a for sale sign on your home

While a for sale sign is no longer likely to be a seller’s primary marketing tactic, there are some benefits (and a couple of drawbacks) associated with them.

These are the cheapest ways to sell your home
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These are the cheapest ways to sell your home

The good news is there are a lot of ways to cut costs and save money during the home selling process. The less good news is it’s not an exact science.

How to get your home ready for sale
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How to get your home ready for sale

At Orchard, we take our commitment to make home selling simple seriously, so we created this timeline of tips to help make the lead-up to your home sale easier.

Can you sell your home for a dollar?
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Can you sell your home for a dollar?

Selling your home for a dollar or some other ridiculously low price to family isn't quite the loophole you might think it is. The main reason: gift taxes.

List price: What it is and how to choose the right one when selling your home
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List price: What it is and how to choose the right one when selling your home

Your list price will impact your net proceeds from your home sale. Here's how to choose the right list price when selling your home.

How much money could you lose selling a house as-is?
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How much money could you lose selling a house as-is?

If you sell your house as-is, don't plan on getting top dollar. Still, this is a good option for homeowners who don't have the time or money to fix their house.

Selling a House With a Reverse Mortgage: What You Need to Know
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Selling a House With a Reverse Mortgage: What You Need to Know

Reverse mortgages let you borrow against your property to receive cash upfront, allowing you to meet living expenses without making a monthly mortgage payment.

Selling a House With Renters in It: What You Need to Know
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Selling a House With Renters in It: What You Need to Know

Selling a home with tenants is doable, but it can be logistically and emotionally taxing. Learn your options for how to proceed with consideration and care.

Want to maximize your home sale profits? Here’s how to avoid capital gains taxes when selling a house
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Want to maximize your home sale profits? Here’s how to avoid capital gains taxes when selling a house

You can avoid paying capital gains tax on a portion of the proceeds from your home sale if you, and your house, meet the IRS requirements.

Seasonality got you down? Here are 13 tips for selling your home this winter
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Seasonality got you down? Here are 13 tips for selling your home this winter

If you need to sell your home in winter, there are ways to get around the roadblocks that home sellers and their real estate agents worry about.

The benefits of selling your house for a cash offer
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The benefits of selling your house for a cash offer

In a hot market, you can be patient and wait for the right offer to come along. Here, we'll cover the benefits of taking a cash offer over a financed one.

Should I sell to investors who want to buy my house?
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Should I sell to investors who want to buy my house?

Most offers from home investors will less than market value and you'll likely lose some money, but there are some reasons you might want to sell to them.

How to sell a house when one party doesn't want to
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How to sell a house when one party doesn't want to

In order to officially sell a home, all owners need to be in agreement about the sale. If you can’t come to an agreement, you do have some legal options.

How to Host a Virtual Open House
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How to Host a Virtual Open House

Need some ideas to help your live or pre-recorded virtual open house shine? The last thing you want to do is just hit the record button and wing it.

Selling Your House Due to Your Neighbors? What You Need to Know
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Selling Your House Due to Your Neighbors? What You Need to Know

It’s understandable if you feel anxious about addressing your bad neighbors with potential buyers. Unfortunately, this isn’t a conversation you can avoid.

What documents do you need when selling your home?
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What documents do you need when selling your home?

This guide provides an overview of what documents you need to sell your house, whether you're selling FSBO or just want to get a jump collecting the paperwork.

Can You Sell a House With Mold?
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Can You Sell a House With Mold?

Homeowners ready to sell may have mold on their minds, especially if they fear it will make it harder for them to close the deal.

What Is an Escalation Clause, and Is It a Good Thing for Sellers?
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What Is an Escalation Clause, and Is It a Good Thing for Sellers?

In theory, sellers should love an escalation clause, as it may drive up the offer price for their home. But there are still some things to consider.

How to Sell a House if You've Done Unpermitted Work
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How to Sell a House if You've Done Unpermitted Work

Many homeowners forgo permitting because it sounds like a pain. Still, homes with unpermitted work are a liability, especially when you’re preparing to sell.

Your guide to the tax implications of selling a home in 2023
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Your guide to the tax implications of selling a home in 2023

The tax implications of selling a house can come as a shock if you're not prepared. Understand what you're on the hook for this tax season if you sold in 2023.

How to sell just part of your property
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How to sell just part of your property

Explore the logistical, legal, and financial considerations of selling a piece of property and learn the steps you need to take to do it successfully.

How to deal with seller's remorse in real estate
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How to deal with seller's remorse in real estate

If you’re in the middle of the home sale process, and suddenly you change your mind, what do you do? Is it even possible to stop the process? 

8 problems that can mess up your closing day
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8 problems that can mess up your closing day

From loans falling through to surprises at the final walkthrough, both buyers and sellers should be aware of potential problems that may arise on closing day.

Home inspection checklist for sellers + 9 tips to pass your inspection
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Home inspection checklist for sellers + 9 tips to pass your inspection

Use our home inspection checklist to get ahead of inspectors, diagnose issues, and solve them before they interfere with your potential home sale.

10 questions to ask a realtor when selling your house
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10 questions to ask a realtor when selling your house

Who you hire to sell your house is crucially important — which is why you need to know what to ask a prospective real estate agent before you get started.

Want to sell the furniture along with the house? Here's how
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Want to sell the furniture along with the house? Here's how

It’s not uncommon to negotiate the sale of select, or all, furniture during closing. Let’s take a look at this process and how to negotiate furniture prices.

When is it too late for a home seller to back out?
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When is it too late for a home seller to back out?

You've sold your home, and suddenly, you're getting cold feet. When is it too late to back out of the contract? And what are your options for doing so legally?

Power lines and property value: What you need to know
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Power lines and property value: What you need to know

Breaking down the pros and cons of living in, and selling, a home near power lines. How close is too close, for your health and home value?

Does the seller have to be present at closing?
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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
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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?
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What does home staging cost, and is it worth it?

Home staging costs a few thousand dollars, but can cost much more depending on what's involved. However, the cost is often worth it.

Your guide to selling a house during divorce
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Your guide to selling a house during divorce

If you're going through a divorce and need to sell your house, it can be best to do it before the divorce to avoid capital gains tax.

Should I sell or rent my house?
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Should I sell or rent my house?

Selling a house can be better than renting if you can realize a profit and don't want to deal with the responsibilities of being a landlord.

How soon can I sell my house after buying it?
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How soon can I sell my house after buying it?

You can sell your house at any time after buying it, but it's best to wait a few years until you break even and don't have to pay unnecessary penalties.

11 factors that affect your home appraisal
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11 factors that affect your home appraisal

Certain factors — like unique renovations, outdated appliances, and even location — can hurt your home appraisal, and thus the value of your house.

Selling a house in poor condition? Here’s how to make the most of it
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Selling a house in poor condition? Here’s how to make the most of it

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

How to get your house ready to sell
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How to get your house ready to sell

When preparing to sell your house, 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
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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.

How does list with Orchard work?
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How does list with Orchard work?

With List with Orchard, you can sell your home for top dollar without the typical stress or uncertainty. Learn more about how our service works.

4 tips for a stress-free home sale
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4 tips for a stress-free home sale

Home sales can be stressful at times, but these tips can help ensure a smooth experience for you and your family.

How to Buy and Sell a Home During the Coronavirus
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How to Buy and Sell a Home During the Coronavirus

Find information and answers to common questions on how to buy or sell a home during the coronavirus.

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

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