Selling a Home on Your Own

MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor Claire Anderson discusses selling a home on your own, and shares home selling tips she used for paperwork and contacts to help sell her house.

If you've decided that you want to plant your roots in a rural area, you'll need to consider a variety issues.

If you've decided that you want to plant your roots in a rural area, you'll need to consider a variety issues.

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A MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor shares tips for selling a home on your own.

Selling a Home on Your Own

If you end up buying directly from a seller who is not using an agent, hire a buyer's representative or a real estate attorney to assist you with the paperwork, from the initial offer to closing. Get everything in writing.

You can find fill-in-the-blank offer-to-purchase agreements and contracts at your local library or on the Internet. When I was ready to sell my first house, to save money for both the buyers and myself, I customized a standard contract template and then paid a small fee to have an attorney review it.

Buying a parcel of land directly from the owner is sometimes done with a land contract. For more on this subject, read Leo and Carol Schen's book, Finding and Buying Your Place in the Country.

— Claire Anderson