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Interviewing an agent

Interviewing a Listing Agent to Sell Your Home

Deciding to sell your home is a huge decision. Once you have made the decision to sell, there are many other big decisions that follow. How much will you list it for? When will you list? Where will you move

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Closing Process

How Long is The Closing Process?

How long is the closing process when buying or selling a home?  It’s a great question. So how long does it take to close escrow? What does the process entail? What is required of the buyer and the seller? All

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Top Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring

Top Reasons to Sell Your Home This Spring

When a homeowner lists their home for sale, they are hoping that it sells quickly and for the most money possible. Additionally, they may need to meet a specific timeline for moving or buying their next home. It can be

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Home Improvements that help you sell

Home Improvements that Help you Sell

When deciding to sell your home, there are some things to consider and preparations to make in order to sell quickly and get top dollar for your home. We recommend walking through your home and viewing it from the perspective

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5 Factors that Affect the Sales Price of your Home

There are many factors that affect the sales price. There is no specific formula for how your home’s value appreciates or depreciates. When it is time to sell, it is important to look at the following factors that will influence

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Smart Home 2021

Top Smart Home Systems for 2021

Updating your home to modern aesthetics is something that homeowners have been doing for decades. With recent advances in ‘Smart Home’ technology, updates are no longer just to keep up with visual style. Now, homeowners have to keep their homes

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3 Reasons A Smart Home Is A Smart Sell

Many homeowners don’t understand the immense value of smart home technology. Imagine this: you’re heading home from grocery shopping during the hottest part of the day in the hottest part of the summer. You open your trunk, load your arms

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Real Estate Commission

Real Estate Commissions: What you need to know.

When a homeowner decides to sell their home, the cost of hiring a qualified Realtor will certainly be a major concern. Homebuyers often have questions about how their Realtor will get paid as well. Whether you are a buyer or

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Top Tips For Selling Your Home

Top Tips for Selling Your Home for the Most Money

If you are selling your home, you’ll want to take measures that ensure you sell quickly and for the most money possible. Focusing your energy in the right ways will help you accomplish a successful sale of your home. The

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Marketing your Home For Sale

Sell Your Home with Merit!

Many real estate agents claim to have an amazing marketing plan to sell your home. Some do in fact have said plan. Unfortunately, most agents will do minimal marketing and hope that another local Realtor will bring a qualified buyer.

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Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist – Printable PDF

Moving from one home to another is no joke! Moving a long distance is really difficult. Taking advantage of available moving resources and having a great “no fluff moving checklist” will help you plan and organize this major undertaking. Find

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Top Moving Resources – Moving to a New Home

Moving to a new home can be stressful, therefore you’ll want to prepare well and have a plan. Whether you hire professional movers or use a DIY approach, there is a lot to consider. We’ve assembled a comprehensive list of

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Staging your home for sale

Staging Your Home to Sell Fast

  Staging your home correctly will allow buyers to see it’s true potential, and sell fast. There are a few specific staging tips to follow that have the most impact on potential buyers. Here are the top staging tips for

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Selling your home for the most money possilbe

Top 4 Tips for Selling Your Home for the Most Money Possible

When selling your home, it is paramount that you are able to sell it for the most money possible. Another goal will most likely be to sell it within a specified timeframe. You may not have the luxury of waiting

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For Sale by Owner

For Sale By Owner: The True Costs

When it comes to selling a home, homeowners have a few options. Most homeowners will contact a local Realtor to list their home for sale and market it to prospective home buyers. It is well-known that this method involves paying

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Essential Steps to Help Pet Owners Stage Their Home for a Successful Open House

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate, Selling

Getting ready for an open house can be challenging for anyone, but prepping to sell a house with pets can be an especially trying task. Having pets often means living with their odors and messes, and while you may not

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Qualities of a Great Listing Agent

If you’re planning to purchase or sell a home, you’ll likely hear the terms “listing agent” and “selling agent”. These are differentiations for the real estate agent that you will use to list your home on the market, versus the

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Staging a Home That Sells

Sometimes the difference between selling your home immediately and struggling through a multiple month-long process is simply in the staging. Make sure you know what buyers are looking for in a beautifully staged home. What follows is Merit Real Estate’s

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8 Things to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your home is a huge job – one that you should take very seriously. There are some very costly mistakes that you can make during the home selling process that could cost you thousands of dollars. Merit Real Estate

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What Are Closing Costs?

Debunking the myths and mysteries of closing costs. Closing costs are the fees paid at the time of closing on your house. You’re so close to being a homeowner! These closing procedures are the last step between you and being

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Essential Moving Supplies

Essential Moving Supplies for the Self-Mover

Even though there are quite a few reasons to go with a professional moving company, some people just want to move themselves. Whether it’s a financial reason or a point of pride, you’re going to need some serious supplies! Here

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The Top 5 Things That Can Go Wrong During A Home Sale

You’ve put your home on the market, worked with realtors, staged your home beautifully, and you’ve finally found the perfect buyer; now you’re in the home stretch! Sadly, there are still plenty of things that can go wrong during closing

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Budget Friendly Home Staging

Having your home staged to sell is one of the most powerful tools you can employ to sell your home quickly and for a greater profit. However, hiring a professional home staging company can cost $1,000 – $5,000 depending on

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Selling Your Own Home (without a Realtor®)

If you’re considering selling your home, you may have thought about selling your home as a for sale by owner (FSBO) listing. There are definite pros and cons to a FSBO situation, and Merit Real Estate wants to help you

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Dog Owner’s Guide to Selling a Home

posted by: Merit in: Real Estate, Selling

Selling your home is a finalizing step in the moving process, and puts you and your four-legged companion just a little bit closer to finally putting this move behind you. However, selling your home means emptying it of all its

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WHY Should You List With Merit Real Estate

If you are looking to SELL your home, this blog is for YOU!   Selling a property can be difficult, especially when you don’t know who to list with. There are so many agents and brokerages out there – Who

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Death on a Property

March 28, 2016 California law dictates that a seller must disclose a death on a property within 3 years of the sale. Some may think “Why?” and other may think “Why only 3 years?” Both of these are valid questions,

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