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Jun 1, 2014 1:42AM
If it's cheap enough, someone will buy it.
Ridiculous! The best way to sell an ugly home is to write the right ad to attract the right buyer!
Kiss your Realtor goodbye and 1 out of 5 buyers will make you an offer!
May 30, 2014 4:45AM
If you're cleaning floor tile with a toothbrush,  you might be a meth addict.
May 22, 2014 8:06AM
"It's worth a few bucks to get the carpet and paint looking decent,"...A few bucks?! Paint maybe, but not carpet. Even the cheapest carpet with padding and installation will be at least a thousand depending on the square feet needed. The advice given in MSN articles are equal to telling someone to not step in front of a moving car, they are always worthless....ok since I've already gotten 2 thumbs down for my comment I will edit this to explain why I say worthless. Most MSN articles don't add any real info that someone with common sense already knew. The articles such as budgeting money, tax saving, stock market tips, health insurance, healthy eating , etc. never really have any practical advice for middle class people and one article will tell you good foods for health and then the next will tell you they are not good foods. MSN news stories usually sound like something from the National Inquirer and don't have the full facts.....so I've lumped my opinion all into one article.. 
May 22, 2014 7:41AM
So, the phrase "highest possibly price" is obviously meant to be 'possible'...this will slip by spell-check since everything is spelled correctly...and, yes, I know people who pick on incorrect spelling and grammar....well, people wonder why we do it. But is it really okay for all articles, some from supposedly reputable sources, to constantly provide misspellings in their articles? Does anyone really care?
May 22, 2014 7:31AM
As a real estate broker I disagree that you should put in an agent bonus. Agents should be working to find the best home and the best price for their clients. If they persuade their clients to spend more than maybe they wanted than they no longer have their clients best interest at heart, which honestly I could see this as being illegal. You are never supposed to show properties based on commission, but you should show a property and recommend an offer that is best for your clients, it's called fiduciary responsibility.   
May 22, 2014 5:29AM

Fixing up old dumps is easy. Insure them heavily, burn them to the ground.  Make sure you have removed the insurance policy before lighting the match.  Problem solved, next one please.

May 22, 2014 4:45AM
Apparently a 5 plus percent commission is not enough.  Now we need to throw in a bribe? Buyers agents split the commission with the selling agent and here in California it can add up to one hell of a payday. Ridiculous. 
May 22, 2014 4:34AM
All three comments below make good sense to me. Clean it up, maybe throw a coat of paint on it, and sell it for a fair price. I'd rather put the extra money in myself (as a buyer) and fix it up the way my wife and I want.
May 22, 2014 4:24AM
Realtors always suggest this and that, after all the more they can help you sell it for the more they make. You do the dirty work and they make a nice profit. Now just clean the place up good.
May 22, 2014 3:23AM
I personally would rather consider a house that is cleaned up, but not "fixed up for sale" by obviously cheap or inadequate "repairs".  Most sensible buyers realize that a "used" home with any age at all on it is going to need a few things.  I can spot cheap fixtures or carpet, and quick paint jobs a mile away, and I wouldn't offer any more for a house because they hung some Walmart curtains.  I would rather see what I am up against, and fix or upgrade it (or not) when I want to and how I want to.  There is no sense having to paint over a lousy paint job or rip out cheap carpet or cabinets just to throw them away and redo the job.  I can tell pretty quickly if the house has "good bones" and if some critical systems (heating, electrical, plumbing, windows, roof, insulation) have been maintained or upgraded adequately.  I also realize that not everything that needs upgraded needs it NOW.  Often, I can live with some things the way they are for the time being.  To me, "move in ready" means I can move in and live in comfort.  It does NOT mean that everything needs to be PERFECT when I move in.  If the seller is honest with me about the condition of the house, I will pay more for a better-built house than for a cheaply-built house that looks better, and will pay more for a modest house in a good location than for a nicer house in a poor location.
May 22, 2014 3:08AM
These "Tips" apply to selling ANY house!!! Just plain common sense!
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