That Can Make or Break Your Sale

meditationSelling a house takes, well, salesmanship. In other words, you have to prep your house so it looks its best. You have to open your door to strangers who'll traipse through your home, open closets, and ask all kinds of questions. And, you have to do all of this without getting annoyed or overly emotional! To help clue you in to some moments that might test even the mellowest home seller, here are five home-selling etiquette rules that often trip people up. Keep these in mind to ensure that you don't annoy your listing agent, or scare off that special buyer.

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AdobeStock 4070330Homeowners who plan on moving at some point in the future are likely to ask the question: "What will my home be worth?" Ah, if only there was a real estate magic eight ball that could reveal the price tag sellers should slap on their homes! Location and real estate market conditions help determine your home's value, but unfortunately, pinpointing an exact number is far from a perfect science.

But there are certain tried and true tactics you can employ to help you get a ballpark figure for your home's worth. Below, our real estate experts offer their most reliable methods.

Read more: Expert-Approved Tactics to Determine Property Value

AdobeStock 4070330The housing landscape of the past several years hasn't exactly been friendly to buyers: the bidding wars, the eye-popping prices, the houses that sold before a "For Sale" sign even went up. It's enough to make any of us put our search on hold until we have a fighting chance at landing a home—without draining our bank accounts. If you've been sitting on the sidelines, we've got good news and we've got bad news: Things are finally slowing down. But they might not slow down fast enough for your liking.

Don't despair, though—this year still stands to look better than last for aspiring home buyers. But the devil's in the details, and there are quite a few factors that could dictate whether this is your year to buy. Here are the four biggest reasons to take the plunge now

Read more: 4 Best Reasons to Buy a Home This Year

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Once you decide to buy a home, the first thing you (understandably) want to do is pop into open houses and fantasize about your new life in your new digs.

It is a crucial part of the process. But jumping straight into the deep end could land you in trouble—both financially and emotionally.

Here are some things real estate pros recommend the things you should do before you ever set foot in a home.

Read more: 7 Things House Hunters Should Do Before Even Setting Foot in a Home

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