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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

December 17, 2014

How to Quickly Prep a House for Sale

A woman in her 50s was highly motivated to make an out-of-state move for a new job. But before her house could go up for sale, she had to cull through her huge collection of belongings. The task was enormous, but she managed to do it in a week of focused work. "I gave her a step-by-step action plan and... continue

December 10, 2014

Selling a Luxury Abode in a Slow Market

Given the advancing economic recovery and mortgage rates that remain favorable, home sales in most neighborhoods continue to be strong. But there are always "outliers" -- places where the market is slowing due to special factors, like layoffs announced by a nearby employer. "Because all real... continue

December 03, 2014

Selling a Run-Down House

Because he's facing both financial woes and multiple maladies, a semi-retired consultant in his 60s badly needs to sell his suburban cottage. But although his place is located in a popular neighborhood served by top-notch public schools, he was recently rebuffed by an agent who refused to take his listing. ... continue

November 26, 2014

Carve Out Needed Time When Prepping to Sell

Does your life involve a demanding boss, kids who must be pressed on homework and a spouse who travels a lot on business? Beyond all that, are you also planning to sell your house in the near future? If so, Neen James, a time management expert and author of "Folding Time: How to Achieve Twice as Much in... continue

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