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Every seller wants to sell their home quickly and for top dollar. With some careful planning and preparation, you can have buyers scurrying for their checkbook. Here is how to prep your home to sell:

1. Disassociate Yourself With The Home:

- Say to yourself "This is not my home, it is a house" - a product to be sold like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.

 - Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.

- Picture yourself handing over the keys and the necessary paperwork to the new buyers!

- Say goodbye to every room.

- Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.

2. De-personalize: Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers

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So, considering foreclosure vs short sales? here's some interesting facts to consider: *

                                                                                  

When can I buy another home?   When you lose your property to foreclosure you are ineligible for a Fannie Mae backed mortgage for a period of 5 years. If you short sale your home, you will be eligible for a Fannie Mae backed mortage after only 2 years. go to www.fanniemae.gov  for more information.

How about my credit score? With a foreclosure, your score may be lowered by 250 to 300 points. It will remain on your credit for 10 years. For short sales, only late payments on the mortage while the sale is being negotiated will show. The mortgage will be reported as paid or settled

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