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Home Sale Finances

Will fees I pay for pre-sale home window washing reduce my capital gains tax obligation?

Question I'm getting ready to sell my home, and the real estate agent strongly recommends that I have the windows cleaned.

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Evaluating the Price and Other Financial Parts of a Buyer’s Offer

Price is a key part of a buyer’s offer, but there’s lots of other financial information within the typical offer, which will help you decide whe...

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Short Sales and Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure

Many homeowners facing foreclosure determine that they just can't afford to stay in their home. If you plan to give up your home, but want to avoid fo...

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Income Tax Liability in Short Sales and Deeds in Lieu

Many homeowners facing foreclosure determine that they just can't afford to stay in their home. If you plan to give up your home, but want to avoid fo...

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Selling Your Home in a Down Market

Selling your home when the real estate market is down poses special challenges. You face lower prices, lots of inventory, and buyers who have a toughe...

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Added Incentives to Selling Your Home in a Down Market

Selling your home when the real estate market is down poses special challenges. You face lower prices, lots of inventory, and buyers who have a toughe...

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Seller Financing: How It Works in Home Sales

Seller financing -- when the seller of a home takes on the role of lender in a home sale -- can help both sellers and buyers in a tight credit market...

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Negotiate the Agent's Commission When Selling Your House

Whether your home has gone up or down in value lately, you probably want to transform as much of the value as possible into money going into your own...

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Alternatives to Selling: Becoming a Landlord

Thinking about selling that extra piece of residential real property? Think again. There may be more value to holding onto the property and renting it...

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Homeseller's Checklist: Expenses to Expect When Selling Your Home

Talk to anyone who's just sold a home, and you'll probably see some eye-rolling as they recount how the supposed profits were undercut by one expense ...

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Escrow and Your Role as Home Seller

What happens during that mysterious time period known as "escrow," between signing the purchase contract and closing on a house?

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Your Home List Price -- Should You Lower It?

If you're trying to sell your house and it seems like nearby places are selling but yours isn't, you may be wondering why. Fortunately, there are some...

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Avoiding Capital Gains Tax When Selling Your Home: Read the Fine Print

This may not come as a surprise to you: If you sell your home, you can exclude up to $250,000 of your capital gain from tax ($500,000 if you're marrie...

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