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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (Dec 5 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470170468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470170465
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By the same authors as Home Buying for Dummies, the new House Selling for Dummies shares all of the companion volume's virtues and likewise qualifies as the overall best choice on its topic. It provides clear and wise counsel on preparing a house for sale, setting the asking price, and negotiating with buyers. House Selling for Dummies discusses the pros and cons of selling a house without a listing agent, but authors Tyson and Brown seem to believe that most "dummies" need the professional help of a Realtor. The book offers extensive and good advice on selecting and working with an agent. --Barry Mitzman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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New how-to details on staging and curb appeal

The fun and easy way® to minimize selling hassles and get top dollar for your house

Want to stand out to homebuyers in today's crowded market? America's #1 bestselling real estate authors have revised their classic guide to save you time and money as you prepare to sell your property. They'll show you when to put your house on the market, the pros and cons of FSBO, and the best ways to utilize the Internet, from online listings to digital photos.


Explanations in plain English
"Get in, get out " information
Icons and other navigational aids
Online cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

Prepare your property to attract buyers
Determine your asking price
Hire the right real estate agent
Market and show your house
Negotiate for the best offer

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Well rounded content...quite thorough & representative of most markets. The only non pertinent piece as it relates to Canadians is the Chapters & reference to U.S. taxation laws.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa519edd4) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5157aa4) out of 5 stars Don't be discouraged, all you FSBOs out there! Dec 6 2000
By Barbara E Sabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While I agree with a previous reviewer that it was a little discouraging that the authors thought so highly of realtors, I just ignored that part and used all the other very useful information in this book. Short story short, our house ad went in the paper on a Friday (in what the book termed "Death Valley" season, no less) and we had our buyer the next Monday!!
The info on how to spruce up your house and how to negotiate the contract was a big help. We did it all without a realtor, got the price we were aiming for, and avoided that ridiculous commission.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5157af8) out of 5 stars Not one of Eric Tyson's better efforts Feb. 4 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an investment professional and self-confessed do-it-yourselfer, I am a great fan of Eric Tyson's "Personal Finance for Dummies" and "Mutual Funds for Dummies" which empower people to manage their own finances better. It was therefore very disappointing for me to read this book and "Home Buying for Dummies", only to find that the authors (maybe through Ray Brown's influence)pound away relentlessly at the notion that the reader REALLY should hire a real estate agent rather than doing it themself. The authors clearly have a much higher opinion of real estate brokers and agents than I do.
Anyone looking for a reference on how to figure out the finances of buying and selling homes and how to effectively choose and use a real estate agent will likely find these books useful.
Unfortunately, the "do-it-yourself" crowd needs to look elsewhere or hope for a major revision.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5157ccc) out of 5 stars Absolutely practical April 30 2000
By Eric Antonow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With no other experience than this book and its sister 'House Buying for Dummies' I have done 3 transactions over the last two years. I used them as overviews, instruction manuals and reference guides. Covers the basics in straight forward language, and also goes into sufficient detail to not require buying another books. Don't be fooled or ashamed of the title. There is nothing but intelligence in this book.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa516530c) out of 5 stars Lots of good advice Feb. 14 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wish I had read this book BEFORE hiring an agent, it would have saved me a lot of grief and maybe some cash. Don't think that this book is just for people selling a house themselves -- there is a lot for those who choose to work with an agent. If you go into the selling process without knowledge, you're largely at the mercy of someone who interests don't overlap yours in every way. This is the most important financial transaction of most people's lives, self-education is the best way to prevent stress and getting burned.
The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is the relative lack of information about how to leave your house -- what is expected of the seller in terms of patching walls, cleaning etc.
50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5095234) out of 5 stars Not for "FISBO"s. Aug. 15 2004
By mortier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book discourages "FISBO's" (For Sale By Owner) types in favor of hiring a real estate agent. In fact, only one chapter deals with this. I'd recommend this book to those who plan to hire an agency to sell their home. It will inform them of the various machinations of the sales process. For those looking to sell their own property, I recommend "The For Sale By Owner Kit" by Robert Irwin. It's directed soley at the "FISBO" person.