Asked by Cranberry, Westfield, MA • Sat Jul 2, 2011
I am preparing to sell a house I inherited, so I have no mortage. My plan is to move into an apartment as my next home. I've heard that making the house available for showings is key...but I work at home and have a cat. I wonder if I'd be better off moving into an apartment before the house goes on the market - that way my work flow isn't disrupted, my cat and her things are settled, and I won't have to worry about where to take her during showings. I would leave enough furniture in the house so that it isn't totally vacant. The problem is - there's no crystal ball saying how long it will take to sell the house. My realtor showed me 5 comps that sold in 5, 14, 21, 214, and 228 days. Quite a range! I would continue with the upkeep until it sells, and I'd still be paying taxes and insurance until then. I can afford it, but wonder if this is a risky strategy - if it takes 228 days to sell my house, that's a lot of money wasted. Or could this strategy work in my favor?
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