Home Sellers Handbook
Table of Contents
The following is a table of contents for the Home Sellers Handbook. You may click on the headers for more information on that topic.
- Pros and Cons of Being a FSBO (“For Sale By Owner”)
- Tips for FSBOs
- Hiring a Real Estate Agent
- What Listing Agreement Should You Sign?
- What Should Your Agent Do for You?
- Have a Complaint About an Agent?
- Easy Improvements to Increase Your Home’s Value
- Hiring a Contractor
- Why Not Start High?
- Should You Offer Financing Help to a Buyer?
- What if Your House Doesn’t Sell?
- Reviewing the Offer
- Sellers Cannot Discriminate Against Buyers
- Arbitration Agreements: to Sign or Not to Sign?
- What Does Your Buyer Need From You?
- Title Matters
- Truth-In-Housing Report
- Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement
- Lender's Home Inspection
- Well Disclosure Statement
- Sewage Treatment System Disclosure
- Lead-Based Paint Disclosure
- Radon Disclosure Statement
- When Should You Schedule the Closing?
- Do You Need a Closing Agent?
- What Will You Pay to Close?
- What Can Go Wrong?
- What Can You Do?
Home Building and Remodeling
If you are planning to build or have work done on your home, take a moment to first read this handbook. This handbook will give you guidelines for selecting a contractor and writing a home improvement contract, as well as highlight Minnesota’s mechanic's lien law.
Condominium and Townhome Associations
Ownership in a condominium or townhome association offers an opportunity for home ownership without many of the added day-to-day responsibilities, such as snow removal or yard maintenance.
Door-to-Door Home Improvement Scams
Maybe your neighborhood has seen the scam: an unknown salesman travels from house to house offering to fix up homes or driveways at rock-bottom prices. What scammers never tell you is the "catch": if you pay upfront, they may run off with your money, leave the work undone, do shoddy work, or overcharge you in the end.