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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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Will minor renos help sell a dated house?

Dear David: My family is about to list my mother’s house. It is 50 years old and in good shape, but very dated – avocado bathroom fixtures, original kitchen etc. It’s a huge house on a large property and could possibly demand a high price, but I can’t imagine getting top dollar when it needs

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