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Selling Your Home For Dummies, Australian Edition



Selling Your Home For Dummies, Australian Edition

Karin Derkley

ISBN: 978-0-730-37717-7 November 2011 232 Pages


Sell your home for the best possible price

Thinking of selling up but not sure whether it's the right time, or how to go about it? From helping you decide whether selling really is the best option for you, to finding an agent and choosing a sales method, all the way to exchanging contracts, this step-by-step guide covers all the practical, financial and legal aspects of selling your home.

Work out whether you're ready to sell - consider all the options and decide if selling is the way to go

Find out when you should sell - understand supply and demand, and time your sale perfectly

Choose a real estate agent who's right for you - find the best fit for you and your home

Set the right price - understand what drives the value of property and determine a realistic asking price for your home

Get your home looking its best before selling - find out whether a clean-up will do, or if it's worth renovating before you sell

Choose a selling method - get step-by-step instructions for selling by private treaty and auction

Understand the legal stuff - do the paperwork properly to ensure a smooth sale

Open the book and find:

In-depth information about working with property professionals

Strategies for selling first then buying, or buying first then selling

Tips and tricks for sprucing up your property for inspections

How to avoid over-capitalising

Everything you need to know about selling a holiday or rental property

Learn to:

Determine the best time to sell

Get your property ready for inspection

Set the right price

Choose between an auction or private treaty sale

Introduction 1

Part I: The Great Australian Dream 7

Chapter 1: Assessing the Dream: Aspects of Selling Property 9

Chapter 2: Deciding If You Should Sell 23

Chapter 3: It’s All In the Timing 33

Chapter 4: Using a Real Estate Agent or Going It Alone 43

Part II: Getting Ready to Sell 69

Chapter 5: Setting the Right Price 71

Chapter 6: Dressing (Your Home) to Impress 85

Chapter 7: Renovating Before You Sell 99

Part III: Putting Your Property on the Market 123

Chapter 8: Choosing a Method of Sale 125

Chapter 9: Selling Through a Private Treaty Sale 137

Chapter 10: Going, Going, Gone: Selling at Auction 151

Chapter 11: The Legal Processes of Selling 165

Chapter 12: Selling When It’s Not Your Main Residence 179

Part IV: The Part of Tens 191

Chapter 13: Ten Ways to Sell Your Home for the Best Price 193

Chapter 14: Ten Items for Your Inspection Day Checklist 201

Index 207