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Melanie White shares some helpful advice for both buyers and sellers

Thinking of buying a home? There are many things to consider and the negotiation part of the transaction is the most important. You need to hire a real estate professional who knows how to negotiate to get you the best possible deal for your money.

Here are some things to consider:

Closing costs: Your closing costs can run anywhere from 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price. Many sellers are willing to contribute toward these costs.

Furnishings: Buyers often ask for appliances, outdoor furniture and even interior items. When the price is negotiated, this can be a good way for sellers to make the home more appealing.

Inspection and close date: Buyers that offer a quick inspection and close timeline are more attractive to sellers who may have been going through the process for too long. Be sure to give yourself ample time to have your finances in place and complete proper, thorough inspections.

Home warranty: Unless you are purchasing a new home with manufacturer and builder warranties, you need a home warranty. Sellers will often agree to pay the premium for a home warranty at closing to hand to the new homeowner.

Inspection: Your inspection may uncover necessary repairs to bring the home up to standard. Be sure to have these items fixed by the seller before the closing or ask for a price reduction to cover the costs.

Thinking of selling a home? There are many things to consider while preparing your home to sell. You want to make sure your home is what today’s buyers want to receive a quick offer. Getting a professional real estate agent to assist is your best option when planning to sell.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. Declutter: The interior, garage and exterior all need to be decluttered to make the space look as large as possible.
  2. Update and paint: Most buyers today want a home that is ready to move in, so updating the kitchens and bathrooms is essential. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to update a home.
  3. Landscape: Curb appeal is very important, so be sure your landscaping is up to par so buyers will want to see the interior of the home.
  4. Repairs: Make sure everything is in working order, even the small items need to be repaired before listing your home.
  5. Cleaning: Hire a professional to clean your home. They can do a deep cleaning and see things you may miss. Professional window cleaning is also a must in the cleaning process.

Just remember, everyone has the same goal: …. to get to the closing table and walk away with smiles!

Melanie White is part of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokers and can be reached at or

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