I spent most of my last weeks searching frantically for a place to live and a place to store all of my stuff. I even had a garage sale to get rid of about half of everything I owned, so i wouldn’t have to spend a fortune storing it.

Next was shopping for a house. I planned to go with an agent, but first perused the local CL real estate point to get a sense of what kind of market I was looking at. The market looked good, and I bought my dream house – but I needed furniture! As a single gal on a budget, starting fresh with only half my stuff following a divorce, it wasn’t coming from Macy’s Furniture Gallery. It was going to have to come from – where else – Craigslist.

It is a known fact that the best agents are in control of what they do and when they do it. It is that level of control that helps them get the job done and build market share. You could say that they have some real priorities that they work to.

My lender obviously desired my home for themselves. I guess it is more valuable to them to resell it to someone else than to allow me to keep making (sometimes too small) payments on it.

The condition of the house: When you visit the house for the first time, check it thoroughly for any sign of poor maintenance. This will mean a lower price of the house, right there. Is the grass in the lawn properly mowed and looking a healthy green? Are the rooms properly furnished, and looking well maintained? Are the bathrooms looking pristine, with no dripping faucets or leaking pipes anywhere? These are just some of the questions that you should find answers to when you visit the house.

Most sellers choose to talk to other people they trust, and they learn to keep an open mind to all possibilities. Other people’s experiences can be useful to you, but they can also be a distraction. Try to keep a sharp focus on all your alternatives, then work through the list to determine what can work for you. Most people find that this proves to be a good plan in the typical sales process. I’m sure you’ll discover that the actual place where success begins is in your mind, it’s a simple fact that your next logical step is posting on craigslist. Consider this – a home sale really starts in your mind, and your positive intentions and beliefs contribute tangibly to the time frame and the success of your home sale.

We fell into a merry discussion about aging beauty queens, life after divorce, and being owned by terriers and, to make a long story short, we became fast friends. Susan has continued to follow my lively adventures as a new divorcee in the dating scene.