5 Tips to Sell a House Fast

These moves helped me sell my house before actually putting up a "For Sale" sign.

The first home my husband and I lived in sold two weeks after we put it on the market. We had an offer on our second home before we even put a "For Sale" sign in the yard. That was not during the boom days of the housing market -- it was in September 2012.

The median time homes nationwide spent on the market in January 2013 was 71 days, according to the National Association of Realtors. That's 28 days less than a year earlier, but it's still months longer than both of my homes were on the market. And I know people -- and I'm sure you do, too -- who've had homes on the market for a year or more. So how did my homes sell so quickly? Here are five things my husband and I did before putting our house on the market in 2012 to ensure a fast sale.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.