9 things to know about selling a home in spring 2017

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    Planning on selling a home this spring? It's time to get ready.

    While mortgage rates have risen in the last year, experts say 2017 will still see strong home sales as job growth continues and people who'd been waiting to enter the market take the plunge into homeownership.

    To attract buyers in any season -- and sell for a good price -- sellers need to show their homes in the best possible light. That means cleaning up the interior and exterior, removing personal items that could distract potential buyers, adding a fresh coat of paint, and deciding which upgrades and repairs will deliver the best return on investment.

    But for those hoping to close in the next few months, there are some more specific things experts say sellers need to know: Low housing inventory is driving demand, but buyers are still being more selective than sellers might expect. Millennials are finally buying their first homes, and that means starter properties are selling faster than in recent years.

    Of course, real estate is a hyper-local industry, so national trends may not hold true in all markets. A real estate agent can help you understand what buyers in your area are looking for and how to appeal to them.

    Click ahead to learn about nine things you need to know if you plan to sell your home this spring.

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    Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist, best-selling book author and founder of Best Money Moves, an employee benefit program that helps reduce financial stress. She also owns ThinkGlink.com, where readers can find real estate and personal finance resources.