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The Six Simple S’s to Selling Your Home at Auction

There are two main reasons people selling real estate miss out on the benefits of a professional auction strategy. Either they assume (incorrectly) that the process is for distressed properties or they assume (incorrectly) that the process is mysterious.

If you’re thinking about selling your home or already trying unsuccessfully,

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The Problem for Sellers in a “Seller’s Market” – And What to Do About it!

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve recently been involved in a conversation about the “hot” real estate seller’s market and how quickly homes are selling.  Amazing feats of Realtor heroism and houses getting snapped up in the blink of the proverbial eye. Your aunt’s neighbor only had a sign in the yard a week.

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Pros and Cons of Online Auction Sites

If you’ve contemplated selling or buying real estate recently you’ve undoubtedly encountered an online auction of one sort or another. Like digitally generated characters, online auctions seem to be appearing everywhere.

At its most basic level, the concept of online auctions gives sellers access to unlimited buyers, and buyers access to unlimited properties —

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Sell FAST. Sell SMART. 5 Reasons to Sell Real Estate at AUCTION.

Of course you want to sell fast, but you’re also smart enough to know that just getting a quick offer isn’t a win. You want to sell to the best offer. The one for the most money, with the fewest strings attached, that’s the most likely to actually close and not end up costing you more money or grief along the way.

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How to Avoid Pricing Your Home Wrong — JUST DON’T.

One of the hardest parts for every potential home seller is deciding on pricing. What should you ask? After all, you have to take into account what you paid for it, what you owe, what improvements you’ve made, what your next house is costing, other debt you want to pay off,

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A Smooth Transition: Downsizing Made Easy!

As seen in the Kansas City Star

Roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers turned 65 today and that daily pattern will continue until 2030, according to Pew Research Center population projections. By that time, say the projections, 18% of the nation’s population will be 65 or older.

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REALTORS ® — Do you have a Frozen Food section? (If not, you’re losing business.)

A few days ago, Cates agent Rick Bradford and I met with a group of Realtors ® from three prominent offices in Kansas City. By the end of our time together, there were head nods all around the room in agreement that they needed to be offering their clients a frozen food option.

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What Will People Think? Prospective Auction Sellers Want to Know!

Years ago, when my kids were passing around the dark side of the planet (junior high), they lived in constant fear of being embarrassed by their parents. Concern about what their friends would think weighed more heavily than just about any other criteria when deciding what was acceptable. Turns out,

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