Small figures can add up quickly when you’re buying or selling your home: home appraisals, loan origination fees, and new utility setup fees. We know not everyone is made of money, so here are a few options you can pursue to save money in the home buying and selling process.

1. Select how much agent support you need

In recent years, the real estate process has become much more personalized. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, real estate brokerages are offering buyers and sellers more choices about the level of agent support that they need.

If you’re unsure of what to do and where to start, working with a real estate agent can help guide you through every step of the process, and make it stress-free. For sellers who are more experienced or willing to do some legwork, a more flexible listing package or going the for-sale-by-owner route may be enticing to help save on commissions.

Whichever you choose, pick the highest level of service you’ll need. (more…)

Staging a vacant

Greyson sofa with Clover chairs courtesy of Cort Furniture Rental

One of the most requested home selling services is staging a vacant property, what I call a “naked” listing.

Every day, Realtors call asking for a ballpark figure to stage a vacant house, followed by, “Can you install tomorrow?”