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How To: Stay Sane, Save Money, and Stay Legal



Selling your home is one of the largest financial transactions you will make in your lifetime. It is very important to be prepared and have all the information before you make any decisions.


Overview of the Process:

  • Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

  • Setting a Price for Your Home

  • Marketing and Selling Your Home

  • Working with a Buyer

  • Paperwork, Realtors and More

  • Special Circumstances

  • Using a Broker?



In this book, you will:


  • Learn how to accurately price your home to keep the most money.  The highest price is not always the best result – keeping the most money in your pocket at the end of the transaction is.

  • Find what resources are available to you to get the help you might need.

  • Get an overview of the whole transaction and become clear on what you hope to achieve when it’s finished.

  • Be aware of what paperwork is needed, including all necessary disclosures needed to sell in your state.

  • Identify what you may need help with, and what you can do yourself to save the most money, when outlining the transaction.

  • Know your options so that you can make the best choices. Whether you’re going to sell your home yourself or find an agent to sell it for you, there is so much about selling your own home that can be a mystery. With this book, I will take some of the mystery out of the process.


   I understand that no two sales are ever the same. Starting with real estate in 1984, I bought a Help-U-Sell franchise. My phenomenal success in real estate is the result of 30 years' hard work, helping clients, and learning as much as I can about the market.


     My office, Help-U-Sell of Santa Rosa, won the Pinnacle Office Award from 1996 to 2006, and in 2002, I became the Regional Director of Help-U-Sell for the Sacramento area. Eventually, I became the national trainer for Help-U-Sell.


     With all my hard work, I would like to help you sell your home in the easiest and most manageable of ways. This is a process that can sometimes leave sellers feeling overwhelmed and unsure of their actions. The information and expertise in this guide will help you stay sane, save money, and stay legal. 


Maurine's guide on how to sell your home is the most comprehensive and easily understood outline I have read. I have been in the real estate business for over 30 years as an agent, broker of a large office, regional director for a national franchise as well as a C.O.O. for a national franchise. Maurine covers all the bases from staging the home for top dollar, to open houses, financing, inspections, and closing procedures, and even covers special circumstances such as "short sales." Tools provided in the appendix such as forms, disclosures and a glossary of terms are invaluable to anyone looking to sell their home. This is also a good reference book for new realtors, as well as a refresher for experienced realtors. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning the home selling process.


 -John Powell

Help-U-Sell Galleria Realty

Designated Broker


This book is a must read for anyone that has an interest in Real Estate. I’ve known Maurine for almost 30 years as a Real Estate Broker and Trainer. With this book she puts all her 30 years’ experience into a book that gives you step by step instructions and walks you through the entire process with check lists, forms and options.


 -Bob Robertson 

G&R Services Inc.



With the deepest of pleasure, I want to recommend Maurine Dawson Grisso to you. I have known her for over 35 years professionally as well as personally. We have been friends, and she has taught in my academy, as time permits, for over 20 years.  She operates with the highest integrity, and her standard of ethics in business is unparalleled. Personally, she comes from a place of compassion and kindness. She has the ability to see all sides of a situation and creates a win/win outcome for everyone. When Maurine is on your side you could have no better ally.


-Julie Nation 

Julie Nation Academy

President & CEO


Experience matters! The service Maurine provided and her attention to detail is impeccable. I highly recommend Maurine to others. Great Job Maurine!


-Cindy Taatjes



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