Seffner, Florida (CNN)Â -- The ground just swallowed him up.
A Florida man fell into a sinkhole that opened suddenly Thursday night beneath the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home, calling out to his brother for help as he fell, the brother said Friday.
"I heard a loud crash, like a car coming through the house," Jeremy Bush toldÂ CNN affiliate WFTS. "I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room, but my old lady turned the light on and all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress."
Bush frantically tried to rescue his brother, Jeff Bush, by standing in the hole and digging at the rubble with a shovel until police arrived and pulled him out, saying the floor was still collapsing.
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TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- Some homeowners on the New Jersey Shore, constrained by age, money or impatience, have decided toÂ put their homes on the market and sell, even if it means taking a steep loss. Their decision in the wake of superstorm Sandy has attracted a few deep-pocketed investors, who have swooped in, banking on the Shore's recovery.
It sets the stage for the free market to work itself out as it often does after natural disasters. But there is a major stumbling block. Investors who want to take the risk will have to do it on their own. Lenders, who, like their borrowers, aren't sure about building standards and insurance rates, aren't offering mortgages for those homes.
"There's opportunity for people who see them as opportunities," said Lisa English, an agent with Keller Williams Realty in Shrewsbury, N.J. "Otherwise, it's a just a huge headache and mess."
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As the housing recovery that began last year continues to gain steam into 2013, selling your home may become less of a headache.
But you can be sure of one thing: You're always likely to make the process easier if you use smart marketing tactics.
Some of them are givens: De-clutter your home for open houses, enhance your landscaping, etc. But there are also some underutilized selling methods.
Culling tips from interviews with a variety of industry insiders, AOL Real Estate has compiled a list of some of the best of them. Click through our gallery to learn 13 ways to sell your home in 2013.
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