What are Transaction Fees?

Transaction Fees can be significant… typically several hundred dollars. So what are they? Transaction fees (AKA Administrative Fee, Broker Service Fees) are a flat fee some real estate companies charge for EACH transaction to cover the cost of things like “document storage” and “management”.  If you sign a contract with a Transaction Fee and are selling a property in order to purchasing your next, you are likely to get charged a Transaction Fee on BOTH transactions. Such fees must be disclosed up front, in the contract signed early…

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Staged or Decorated, what do you need?

People selling their home need it "staged." Staging works to create an idealized lifestyle, making a home the most competitive house for sale. That ideal is NOT necessarily the current owners' lifestyle as shown in the picture below of the same home.   A "decorated" home is designed for the current occupants and takes into account the owners' specific tastes and needs. Goals of Staging... Make the home appear larger. A home stager will make wall paint color recommendations and give you an idealized furniture layout. Accentuate the positives like…

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