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Real estate: What it takes to sell a home in New York

Selling a home can be both exhilarating and frustrating. But real estate transactions don't have to be intimidating when New York residents are armed with some tips to help selling a home to be an exciting and pleasant experience. Selling and buying are very different from each other and may be accompanied by different emotions, but the bottom line is getting the most out of the sale.

For a home to be competitive on the market, it needs to be priced and marketed correctly. An experienced real estate agent or a real estate appraiser may be able to help in this regard. Sales of comparable homes will be analyzed to come to a sale price. Once a price has been established, it's important to have the home looking as neutrally decorated as possible, so it might be a good idea to have the home professionally staged for the biggest impact. Removing personal items also goes a long way to helping to get offers.  

In competitive markets, a seller has more leeway to talk about commission with a realtor. A seasoned professional will work with sellers to get their homes sold and may be flexible when it comes to their commissions. Homeowners will want to do some research on who may be the best to click with them personally. Open houses may generate good leads, so a salesperson should be willing to hold them, and homeowners need to be flexible with when they allow the home to be shown to prospective purchasers.

Whether selling or buying real estate, a New York attorney can act on behalf of his or her client from the outset. A lawyer may be equipped to act as a selling and/or listing agent as well. Most people today just need an experienced professional to help them in negotiating and closing a deal, and a savvy lawyer can do both those things.

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