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Lights left on during showings, can I get a deal on power of sale?

Dear David, My house is on the market and I’m frustrated by the showing appointments. It doesn’t feel like people are respecting my property. They are leaving the lights on even though my agent asked them not to. What can I do about this? – CONSERVING ENERGY DEAR CONSERVING: I always warn clients that a

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Setting seller expectations in a more balanced market

Dear David, Back in February, I spoke with my agent about listing my house for sale. Life has been busy, but we finally got around to it at the end of May. We’ve been on the market for three weeks and aren’t getting many showings.  Our agent wants to reduce the price below what we

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Buyers and sellers are not friends

Dear David, I sold my house a few months ago and am moving out in three weeks. I just received some mail for the new buyers. Should I reach out to them through social media and let them know? – JUST TRYING TO HELP DEAR JUST: Absolutely not. As soon as a buyer makes a

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David’s top tips for home sellers

Dear David, We want to sell our home. Can you give us some of your top tips for getting it ready? –  THINKING AHEAD DEAR THINKING: Preparing a home for sale means different things to different people. If you’ve lived in your house for 25 years, your “to do” list is bound to be more

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The market is changing, is it still a good time to buy?

Dear David, I’m a first-time homebuyer. Do the recent changes in the market make this a good time to buy? – HOUSE HUNTING DEAR HOUSE HUNTING: That’s the million-dollar question. People have been trying to time the real estate market since we first moved out of caves. It’s easy to look back and see what

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Off-market investors & mailbox offers to buy

Dear David, My house needs some repairs and it’s a bit of a mess. I’d like to downsize, but don’t want to bother my kids. I received a note in my mailbox from someone who wants to buy my house “as-is” for cash. Should I give them a call? – CONTEMPLATING DEAR CONTEMPLATING: Notes like

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