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Getting The Most Money Out Of Selling Your House

Aug 17, 2007
It is easier said than done to make a profit in the real estate market nowadays. Those that manage to consistently turn a profit on real estate investments have been working in that field for years and are using proven strategies in order to minimize risk.

1. Achieving High Profit

The most sensible rules apply. Firstly, keep costs low. The more you can save on materials and labor, the more money you will make when all is said and done. Next, sell to the highest bidder. Don't be afraid to negotiate down to a lower price but secretly keep a minimum that you won't go any lower than to ensure your sale will be profitable.

2. Do It Yourself

You can do much of the labor yourself in order to save a vast amount of money. For example, you can get a licence to inspect buildings and in this way you won't have to pay inspectors ever again. A good inspection can save you thousands in the form of foregoing falsely attractive deals and providing bargaining chips when you are making the deal.

3. Repairs Equal Big Money

Even the simplest little details like washing the windows or freshly vacuuming the carpets can add thousands to the value of the home. Of course, if there is a real repair that needs doing, and you aren't licenced, don't attempt to do it. No one is expecting you to be a good sales associate and an inspector and an electrician and a plumber, the list goes on and on. Low quality roofing and carpet sales should help to boost the value of the home significantly.

4. Outsource

You can be a bit thirfty when paying for labor. Get two of your buddies to help do the yardwork and pay them for a job well done. Professional landscaping companies charge by the hour and if you have a tree in your yard a lot of leaves and fallen branches can accumulate. Once youve selected the lesser known companies you will outsource to, don't passively accept unnecessary fees with ridiculous prices. In today's world it's absurd to pay $50 to deliver a few dozen papers across town, but tacking on charges like that is common practice. Take your time looking for property, lenders, title companies, insurance brokers, agents and more. The more you shop around, the better!

5. Haggle

Don't be afraid to haggle on the price of a property. Of course, this doesn't mean you should negotiate in bad faith or try to trick people into selling for far less than their asking price. Home owners that feel they have gotten the bad end of a deal might find other ways to wreck your projects in ways you only discover later.

6. Tricks Of The Trade

Buy some low cost flowers and have your property cleaned professionally. Leave lights on during the day to brigten up rooms. You can even play some ambient music at a low volume or put out snacks for visitors.
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