Home Valuation Form

By Mary O'Neil

Setting the list price of your home is the most important step in your sale.  Set too low, you lose money, but set too high and your home will not sell! Fill out this simple…

Negotiating a Contract

By Mary O'Neil

When writing a purchase contract, avoid expensive terminology such as paying a buyer’s closing costs, and of course you should watch out for all the contingencies that could cost you time with your home off…

Picking the Best Offer

By Mary O'Neil

In many of today’s strong real estate markets, home sellers can expect to receive multiple offers for their home. Multiple offers are a classic example of economic realities because they appear when the supply of…

The Basics of an Open House

By Mary O'Neil

The weekend open house is a time-honored tradition in real estate sales, but has it outlived its effectiveness? Quite possibly, according to a new survey conducted by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.…

What Is a Listing Agreement?

By Mary O'Neil

Realtors and buyers often work together without a written contract, but the opposite is true for realtors and sellers. On the listing side, written contracts are overwhelmingly the rule, not the exception. A listing agreement…

How To Handle Multiple Offers

By Mary O'Neil

A “seller’s market,” in one in which competition for houses gives a seller the advantage! It is the result of all kinds of things we do not have control over, from the economy to the…