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“Your home sold or I’ll buy it”

Dear David, I want to sell my home quickly. I hear that some companies in town will buy my house if it doesn’t sell right away. Is this a good bet? –  HOPEFUL DEAR HOPEFUL: There are many agents in our area who advertise that they will buy your house if it doesn’t sell. These

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Can we take a tree with us when we move?

Dear David: We’re planning to move closer to our son and three-year-old granddaughter at the end of this year. When our granddaughter was born, we planted a tree in our backyard to celebrate her arrival.  We would like to take the tree with us to our next home, but know we can’t move it in

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Do sellers need to clean their house before departing?

Dear David: We purchased a home a couple of months ago and it’s closing next week. It looked immaculate when it was on the market, but we did a walk-through over the weekend and the house was filthy. Are the sellers obliged to clean it up before we take possession? – CLEAN START DEAR CLEAN:

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Should I remove UFFI before selling?

Dear David: I have a home that was built 60 years ago. The garage walls are insulated with UFFI, and the garage is attached to the house. I’m thinking of selling in 5 to 10 years. Should I remove the UFFI in preparation? – THINKING AHEAD DEAR THINKING: I suspect your home may have UFFI

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I’m uncomfortable with the idea of using a lockbox

Dear David: We’ve lived in our home for 30 years and are putting it up for sale. My agent wants to put a lockbox on the front door. This makes me nervous. What are my options? – INSECURE DEAR INSECURE: Of all the homes listed for sale in our region, the vast majority are represented

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Should Realtors keep selling prices private?

DEAR DAVID: A real estate agent sent a mailout to everyone in our condo building. It showed a listing that recently sold, with the unit number, square footage, and how much the owner received. This seems highly unethical and I’m not sure how he got our names. I’ve contacted the director of the real estate

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