Spring market has already begun here in Western North Carolina and man, it's a crazy one! This weekend I was speaking with several sellers and heard more than a few horror stories from them about their previous real estate agent and what they did (or didn't) do that prevented the property from selling. It honestly breaks my heart to see desperate sellers question why their property isn't selling when they're doing everything right. Here are three tips to help you pick a good listing agent right from the very start so you don't have to experience the same heartbreak when selling your home...
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"There's really no way to make funeral planning sound exciting. We all know we will need to do it "someday" but we imagine that we have more time to think about it at a later date. The truth is, when your loved one dies unexpectedly, you won't have time to do adequate research and a cost analysis on the different options you have with different vendors. In fact, if it's a close loved one that dies, your brain won't even be fully functioning anymore. Suddenly basic, commonplace decisions that you've made millions of times before will become much more difficult. You'll have trouble remembering the names of people you've known for years, filling out simple forms for the funeral arrangements will seem like monumental tasks, and you could even experience physical symptoms associated with stress, such as an inability to taste or digest food (for more information on how grief affects the brain, click here). Even if you aren't an overly emotional person, exhaustion will set in as you deal with the calls and visits of everyone that wants to console you on the loss of your loved one, exasperating the situation and making your brain fog even worse..."