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Fix-up home seller shouldn’t expect top dollar

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DEAR BOB: My house is a classic three-bedroom, 1.75-bathroom cosmetic fixer in a very desirable, quiet residential neighborhood. I am only a half-block from a shopping center, as well as our charming, increasingly upscale, much-photographed main street. Some repainting, wall-to-wall carpets instead of the shabby parquet hardwood floors, minor repairs and fresh landscaping will make all the difference in my house. But I am disabled, with little money, and have done what I can to make the house attractive before it is officially listed for sale. If my home were in top shape, the Realtor says I could get $75,000 more. I know you have said a cosmetic fixer like mine is a wonderful deal for a savvy buyer. But I am terrified the only people interested will be "bottom feeders" and "low ballers" who want to cheat me out of a fair price. I trust my Realtor's judgment. Am I right in thinking my home will take much longer to sell because of its limited appeal? --Holly A. DEAR HOLLY: I hope you i...