Selling Made Simple

Backed by our experience selling hundreds of homes, our real estate experts share their tips on preparing your home to sell, finding the best agent, and maximizing your sales price.

12 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter Months
Preparing to Sell
12 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter Months

If you need to sell your home in winter, there are ways to get around the roadblocks that winter home sellers and their real estate agents worry about.

The Benefits of Selling Your House For a Cash Offer
Preparing to Sell
The Benefits of Selling Your House For a Cash Offer

In a hot market, you can be patient and wait for the right offer to come along. Here, we'll cover the benefits of taking a cash offer over a financed one.

How Often Does a Home Sale Fall Through?
Offers & Negotiation
How Often Does a Home Sale Fall Through?

If you’ve made it to closing day, there’s a good chance your real estate deal will go through. However, during the pending and offer periods, things can awry.

Investors Want to Buy My House: Is It a Good Deal?
Preparing to Sell
Investors Want to Buy My House: Is It a Good Deal?

You can assume that most offers from home investors will not be for market value, or that you'll otherwise leave money on the table. So why go that route?

How to Sell a House When One Party Doesn't Want to
Preparing to Sell
How to Sell a House When One Party Doesn't Want to

In order to officially sell a home, all owners need to be in agreement about the sale. If you can’t come to an agreement, you do have some legal options.

How to Deal When the Home Buyer Wants to Move Your Closing Date
Closing on a Home
How to Deal When the Home Buyer Wants to Move Your Closing Date

If your home's buyer requests a new closing date, stay calm and ask your real estate agent to walk you through the best options, including a per diem penalty.

10 Things That Can Bring Down Your Property Value
Home Improvement
10 Things That Can Bring Down Your Property Value

Even if you don’t have the time or resources for major home improvements, you can at least try to avoid doing things that bring down property value.

Do You Need a Permit for That Remodel or Renovation Project?
Home Improvement
Do You Need a Permit for That Remodel or Renovation Project?

Always check for and get required permits. Failure to do so could result in stopped or stalled renovations, or later complicate or cancel a home sale.

How to Host a Virtual Open House
Preparing to Sell
How to Host a Virtual Open House

Need some ideas to help your live or pre-recorded virtual open house shine? The last thing you want to do is just hit the record button and wing it.

Selling Your House Due to Your Neighbors? What You Need to Know
Preparing to Sell
Selling Your House Due to Your Neighbors? What You Need to Know

It’s understandable if you feel anxious about addressing your bad neighbors with potential buyers. Unfortunately, this isn’t a conversation you can avoid.

How Much Does a Major Home Addition Cost?
Home Inspections & Appraisals
How Much Does a Major Home Addition Cost?

Most of the time, adding a room or expanding a bathroom, kitchen, or living space is a good investment, but there’s a lot to consider before taking action.

What Documents Do You Need When Selling Your Home?
Preparing to Sell
What Documents Do You Need When Selling Your Home?

what documents are required to sell your home? Do you need to have them ready before you list your home, or can you gather them when the time comes?

Can You Sell a House With Mold?
Preparing to Sell
Can You Sell a House With Mold?

Homeowners ready to sell may have mold on their minds, especially if they fear it will make it harder for them to close the deal.

What Is an Escalation Clause, and Is It a Good Thing for Sellers?
Preparing to Sell
What Is an Escalation Clause, and Is It a Good Thing for Sellers?

In theory, sellers should love an escalation clause, as it may drive up the offer price for their home. But there are still some things to consider.

How to Get Rid of That Old House Smell
Home Improvement
How to Get Rid of That Old House Smell

When mold is stinking up your home or you've had pets or visiting smokers leaving a scent, learn how to get things cleaned up and smelling fresh.

How to Sell a House if You've Done Unpermitted Work
Preparing to Sell
How to Sell a House if You've Done Unpermitted Work

Many homeowners forgo permitting because it sounds like a pain. Still, homes with unpermitted work are a liability, especially when you’re preparing to sell.

What Are the Tax Implications of Selling a Home?
Preparing to Sell
What Are the Tax Implications of Selling a Home?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just sell your house and walk away with a bunch of money? Sadly, there are tax implications.

What's the Deal with Popcorn Ceilings?
Home Improvement
What's the Deal with Popcorn Ceilings?

It’s not a secret that popcorn ceilings are no longer in style, but you shouldn’t write them off so quickly.

How to Sell Just Part of Your Property
Preparing to Sell
How to Sell Just Part of Your Property

Explore the logistical, legal, and financial considerations of selling a piece of property and learn the steps you need to take to do it successfully.

How To Deal With Seller's Remorse in Real Estate
Preparing to Sell
How To Deal With Seller's Remorse in Real Estate

If you’re in the middle of the home sale process, and suddenly you change your mind, what do you do? Is it even possible to stop the process? 

What the Home Seller Needs to Do After Closing
Closing on a Home
What the Home Seller Needs to Do After Closing

So you’ve sold your house and are ready to move on with your life. But does the buyer just sign the documents and immediately walk into your home?

My Home Isn't Getting Any Offers — What Gives?
Offers & Negotiation
My Home Isn't Getting Any Offers — What Gives?

What can you do if you have lots of viewings but no offers? How long should you expect your house to stay on the market?

How to Have a Smooth Home Inspection Before Selling
Preparing to Sell
How to Have a Smooth Home Inspection Before Selling

Knowing the most common deal breakers and best practices for making an inspection easier will give you a leg up in the process.

9 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before You Sell Your Home
Preparing to Sell
9 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before You Sell Your Home

Who you hire to sell your house is crucially important — which is why you need to know what to ask a real estate agent before you get started.

How to Increase the Value of Your Home
Home Improvement
How to Increase the Value of Your Home

From small finishing touches to major additions, there are many ways to improve your home and make it more valuable.

Want to Sell the Furniture Along With the House? Here's How
Preparing to Sell
Want to Sell the Furniture Along With the House? Here's How

It’s not uncommon to negotiate the sale of select, or all, furniture during closing. Let’s take a look at this process and how to negotiate furniture prices.

How Much Do Real Estate Agents Make in 2021?
Finding an Agent
How Much Do Real Estate Agents Make in 2021?

How do real estate agents get paid? Though most real estate agents work on commission, the exact amount depends on location, split, and other factors.

When Is It Too Late for a Home Seller to Back Out?
Preparing to Sell
When Is It Too Late for a Home Seller to Back Out?

You've sold your home, and suddenly, you're getting cold feet. When is it too late to back out of the contract? And what are your options for doing so legally?

Where Do You Live Between Selling Your House and Buying a New One?
Buying Before Selling
Where Do You Live Between Selling Your House and Buying a New One?

Once you sell your old house, it's time to move into your new one, right? What if that's not possible yet? Let's review your options.

Painting a Room or House: How Long Does It Take?
Home Improvement
Painting a Room or House: How Long Does It Take?

Painting a room in your house takes some time, but it can do wonders for home value.

7 Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent
Finding an Agent
7 Signs of a Bad Real Estate Agent

Is your house not selling? Are you not getting offers accepted? If you’re worried about your real estate agent, look for these red flags.

Does the Seller Have to Be Present at Closing?
Preparing to Sell
Does the Seller Have to Be Present at Closing?

You typically don't have to be at the closing of your home sale, even if the closing isn't "remote." There are some other things you'll need to do, however.

How to Calculate a House's Square Footage
Preparing to Sell
How to Calculate a House's Square Footage

Once you know what a square foot looks like, you can figure out how many square feet are in your home, from the basement on up.

What Does Home Staging Cost, and Is It Worth It?
Preparing to Sell
What Does Home Staging Cost, and Is It Worth It?

Home staging helps your home look its best for potential buyers. Let’s break down the costs to understand what you’re getting.

Can a Buyer Back Out After the Final Walkthrough?
Closing on a Home
Can a Buyer Back Out After the Final Walkthrough?

Though it's rare, in some situations, buyers are allowed to back out after the final walkthrough. Here's how to avoid that.

What Do You Need To Do After a Home Inspection?
Preparing to Sell
What Do You Need To Do After a Home Inspection?

What fixes are mandatory after a home inspection? Who pays for repairs? And what comes next?

Selling The House During a Divorce: What You Should Know
Preparing to Sell
Selling The House During a Divorce: What You Should Know

If you're going through a divorce and need to sell your house, just know you've got options.

Should You Sell or Rent Out Your House?
Preparing to Sell
Should You Sell or Rent Out Your House?

Should you cash out with a big sale of your house and use that to fund your new life, or turn your house into a rental and collect money every month?

How Soon Can I Sell My House After Buying It?
Preparing to Sell
How Soon Can I Sell My House After Buying It?

Six months? Two years? Five years? Learn how soon is too soon to sell your home.

11 Factors That Affect Your Home Appraisal
Preparing to Sell
11 Factors That Affect Your Home Appraisal

Which factors negatively affect your home appraisal, and thus the value of your house? Which factors will the appraiser ignore?

How to Sell a House In Poor Condition
Preparing to Sell
How to Sell a House In Poor Condition

If you need to sell a home in poor condition for whatever reason, how can you make the process easier?

How To Get Your Home Ready for Sale
Preparing to Sell
How To Get Your Home Ready for Sale

When getting your home ready for sale, there are a number of things you can do to ensure it sells quickly and without issues. This list of tips will help.

What to Expect at Your List with Orchard Consultation
Orchard Process
What to Expect at Your List with Orchard Consultation

Orchard consultations are a great way to determine if working with us is right for you. Learn what is covered in this 40-minute, no-obligation session.

A-Z Glossary: 50+ Common Real Estate Terms You Should Know
Glossary
A-Z Glossary: 50+ Common Real Estate Terms You Should Know

Don't let real estate jargon overcomplicate your buying and selling experience. Our glossary is here to help you understand the most important terms.

How Long Does it Take to Sell a House?
Preparing to Sell
How Long Does it Take to Sell a House?

Ready to sell your home? But exactly how long does it take to sell a house? Here’s a look at the home selling process and how long it may take for you.

How Much Are Seller Closing Costs?
Closing on a Home
How Much Are Seller Closing Costs?

Thinking about selling your house? Here’s a breakdown of your seller closing costs, so you can get an idea of how much you’ll make from your investment.

How Can I Sell My House Fast in Dallas?
Preparing to Sell
How Can I Sell My House Fast in Dallas?

When it comes to real estate, timing is everything. If you’re looking to sell your house fast in Dallas, Texas, here are some things to watch out for.

What Does a Title Company Do?
Closing on a Home
What Does a Title Company Do?

Your title company plays a major role in your home purchase or sale. Here’s an overview of what a title company does and how to find a title company near you.

Home Appraisal Checklist for Buyers and Sellers
Home Inspections & Appraisals
Home Appraisal Checklist for Buyers and Sellers

How can you make sure your home buying or selling journey goes as smoothly as possible? This home appraisal checklist for buyers and sellers will do just that.

What is an Open House? Everything Buyers and Sellers Need to Know
Glossary
What is an Open House? Everything Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

Wondering exactly what an open house in real estate is? This post walks buyers and sellers through everything they need to know to make the most of open houses.

Should I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Preparing to Sell
Should I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

If you were hoping to buy or sell a home this year, you might be second-guessing things now. Here's why this could still be a good time to buy or sell a house.

How Long Do You Have to Live in a VA Loan Home Before Selling?
VA Loans
How Long Do You Have to Live in a VA Loan Home Before Selling?

If you’re looking to move out of your VA loan home, you might be wondering how long you have to live in the home before selling. Here’s what to know.

The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist
Preparing to Sell
The Ultimate Home Selling Checklist

A traditional home sale can be pretty stressful, but it doesn't have to be. This checklist for selling a home will help you prepare for the journey ahead.

Who Pays Closing Costs: The Buyer or Seller?
Closing on a Home
Who Pays Closing Costs: The Buyer or Seller?

When you're buying or selling a house, who pays the closing costs? The home buyer or the seller? Let's break down these costs so you know what to expect.

3 Reasons to Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection
Home Inspections & Appraisals
3 Reasons to Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Thinking about selling your home? Here are 3 reasons why getting a pre-listing home inspection could help you sell your home faster and for top dollar.

Selling a House with a Mortgage? What You Need to Know
Preparing to Sell
Selling a House with a Mortgage? What You Need to Know

Are you planning to sell your home with a mortgage this year? Here are the most common questions you should know about selling a house with a mortgage.

The Seller's Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist
Home Improvement
The Seller's Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist

Thinking about selling your house? This seller's home maintenance checklist will help you ensure that your home is in tip-top shape once it's time to sell.

How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?
Home Inspections & Appraisals
How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?

If you're a home buyer or seller on a tight schedule, you might be wondering, \"How long does a home inspection take?\" Here's everything you need to know.

When's the Best Time to Sell a House?
Preparing to Sell
When's the Best Time to Sell a House?

Selling your home is a big deal, so you’ll want to make sure the timing is right. When’s the best time to sell a house? Here are some real estate market trends.

An Overview of Seller Concessions When Selling a Home
Glossary
An Overview of Seller Concessions When Selling a Home

One piece of the real estate puzzle that a home buyer and seller will likely negotiate is a seller concession. Here’s exactly what a seller concession means.

5 Tips For Selling a House As-Is
Preparing to Sell
5 Tips For Selling a House As-Is

What if you want to sell your house quickly, so you can move on with your life? Here are five tips you need to know when selling your house as-is.

The True Cost of Selling a House
Mortgage & Financing
The True Cost of Selling a House

If you’re selling your house, you’re probably wondering how much you’ll make, but how much the home sale could cost? Learn the true costs of selling a home.

What is An Earnest Money Deposit?
Glossary
What is An Earnest Money Deposit?

One real estate element that many of us tend to forget is the earnest money deposit. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, here’s what you’ll want to know.

What is an Option Period?
Texas
What is an Option Period?

Are you buying or selling a home in Texas? One feature that’s unique to the Texas real estate market is the option period. So how does an option period work?

4 Questions You Need to Ask Before Signing a Listing Contract
Preparing to Sell
4 Questions You Need to Ask Before Signing a Listing Contract

Looking for a great real estate agent for your home sale? Here are 4 questions to ask potential candidates before signing a listing agreement.

How Do I Sell My House? Tips for a Stress-Free Sale
Preparing to Sell
How Do I Sell My House? Tips for a Stress-Free Sale

“How do I sell my house without going crazy?” Home sales can be stressful at times, but these tips can help ensure a smooth experience for you and your family.