Top 21 Home Buying & Selling Tips


A house provides more than just shelter for your family - it provides a place to eat, sleep, relax and entertain your friends. Most people spend more than half of their leisure time at home. That's why it makes sense to buy a quality home.

Top 21 Home Buying and Selling Tips

1. Credit
Before you start your home buying process, make sure you get your credit checked to save valuable time.

2. Be Realistic
Everybody wants the 54-room mansion however most of us cannot afford this. Work with your Sales Associate to see how much you can realistically afford and still have a life!

3. Portion of Your Paycheck
Mortgage Lenders typically want the buyer to contribute a portion of their own funds toward the purchase of a home. These funds are often referred to as the down payment. Many options are available.

4. More than the Down Payment
Many people want to know what their monthly mortgage payments are. Visit to use the mortgage calculator.

5. Don't Shut Out a Sale
Make sure you saved enough money to cover the down payment and closing costs.

6. Affording the Changes
Not everyone likes olive green color walls. Make sure you can afford the superficial changes of home decorating.

7. Don't Settle Yet
Don't rush. This is an exciting time; take home searching with stride and enjoy the process.

8. Stable Home
Make sure you get a home inspection!

9. Think Safety
Imagine the house in good weather and bad, and in each season.

10. Spacious Living
Make sure there in enough room for your present plans.

11. Sizing up your Furniture
Measure your furniture. You want to make sure that your furniture will fit in the space.

12. Pay Attention to Detail
Are there cracks in the walls? Make sure you have all disclosure documents.

14. Closets Are Important
Closets look their best when they are orderly and not too full. Be sure the lights work and pack away items unused to make them look more spacious. Great time to box up unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.

15. Control the Music
When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.

16. Keep a Low Profile
CENTURY 21® Sales Associates know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your CENTURY 21 Sales Associate will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.

17. Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.

18. Expert at Hand
When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your CENTURY 21 Sales Associate.

19. Make it Inviting
Be sure the front entrance is clean and inviting. Paint the gutters, downspouts and the front door. Also sweep the walks, steps and driveway.

20. Touch Up
A small investment in paint for the inside and outside helps. Remember to choose neutral colors.

21. Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.


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Randy Korpan

Randy Korpan

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Maple City Realty Ltd., Brokerage*
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