Financial and Legal Aspects of Selling a Home

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Selling a Home

Getting a home ready to sell takes plenty of work—of both the physical and the paper variety—and you’re bound to have plenty of questions. We’ve found Web sites with reliable answers and guidance to help you smoothly and quickly through the process, and even offer advice if you fear losing your home to foreclosure.

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Financial and Legal Aspects of Selling a Home

Selling a home requires a lot of paperwork and will likely have important tax consequences as well. Make sure you understand all details of this busy time and what’s required of you as the seller by using the Web sites we’ve included in this section.

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  • Beware of paid versus natural search results when you look for legal information on the Internet. Particularly in the legal field, paid search results (which typically appear above and/or to the side of natural search results, and are usually noted as “sponsored” or “partners”) will likely have more advertising gimmicks than legitimate material. Consumer Reports WebWatch offers these tips on improving the chances that the results you find will be credible.
  • If you have questions or are uncertain during any point in the process of selling your home, consult with an attorney or a real estate agent to ensure things progress correctly. To find an attorney who handles real estate matters, check the FindLaw Web site. Make sure you also look at the information under the “Real Estate” tab.
  • Generally, the responsibility of having a home inspected falls to the home buyer. However, learning beforehand what an inspector will look for can help you fix any problems that could delay your sale. We’ve included some home inspection sites in this section of the guide.
  • If you need to speak with your state’s land title association during a home sale, use the American Land Title Association page to find links to state affiliate Web sites.

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