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If you are selling your home, this can be a challenge when you are in charge of getting your family on board as well. Selling a home with kids has its own challenges, but it isn't impossible. Here are four tips for selling a home when your whole family will be involved.

1. Keep Kids in the Loop

Selling the family home can be stressful on kids. While you might want to shelter them from the overall home-selling process, it is better to let them know what you are thinking for your family's future. Try to get kids excited about moving in general, and what they can look forward to in a new home.

2. Clearing out Your Home to Show

Whether showing your home to sell involves renting a storage unit or moving out completely, there will be disruptions in everyone's lives. It may be best to move into a rental to keep kids and pets safe while potential buyers are viewing your home. If you need to put items in storage, explain to younger kids this is temporary and that items will be brought back into the mix once you settle into a new home.

3. Get Everyone Involved

Kids aren't too young to help get your home ready to sell. Tasks such as cleaning and organizing can be done by all members of your family. If you can reward your kids for helping out with cleaning or DIY projects, they might pitch in more and be excited about the selling process. You and your spouse should set a good example with cleaning and fixing up so that your kids will follow suit.

4. Gear Your Home's Staging Toward Families

If your family will be staying in your home while selling, it will be hard to hide the fact that there are kids there. You can play this up and gear your home toward prospective families. But be sure to clean out clutter and items such as dogeared art work; your home should look fun and family-friendly, not disorganized and lived-in.

A family-friendly real estate agent can help with ideas for your home as well. Agents who work with families will also have buyers in mind that they can bring to see your home specifically. If you can get your family on board with getting your home ready to sell, the process can be handled smoothly from start to finish.

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Whether you're looking to buy your first home, or haven't purchased a home in the past several years, you may be surprised to discover that searching your local real estate listings is not the best place to begin. You can certainly get ideas about what you're looking for by browsing through area homes for sale, and there's no reason not to do so. However, once you begin your home search in earnest, you'll want to have one important step completed.

Your first step in the process of buying a home is to get pre-approved for your mortgage. This will help you in a number of ways:

You'll have a firm budget to work with
You'll have time to compare and find the type of mortgage that best suits your needs
Sellers will see that you're a serious buyer
A pre-approved loan takes much less time to underwrite than one that hasn't been pre-approved

Each of these benefits work together to help smooth the entire home-buying process.

Know your budget with a pre-approved home loan

If you're like most people, you have a good idea what you can afford to pay each month. Most likely, you also know how much you have available for a down payment. However, the total monthly mortgage payment can vary from one loan to the next. Additionally, even a small change in interest rate can mean a significant increase or decrease in your monthly expense.

By starting your homebuyer's journey with a pre-approved home loan, you'll shop for a new home with a firm budget in mind. You'll have a clear idea what your monthly payment will be, and that can save you from falling behind on payments after the purchase.

Shop for a mortgage before you shop for a home

In addition to traditional mortgage options, there is an array of other types of home financing. Your situation and your needs are unique to you. Shopping for the right mortgage for you can take time. You don't want to feel rushed when making this decision because you've already found the home you want to buy. It's important to have the home loan that best suits your current and future needs.

Beat out competing offers with pre-approved financing

Today's real estate market moves swiftly, and many sellers may receive multiple offers. In most cases, sellers will consider offers accompanied by a letter of pre-approval before those without. Savvy sellers, as well as their agents, know that it takes less time to close a home sale when the buyer's lender has pre-approved the financing.

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