I think staging is wise if you have too much furniture in the home, or are just not a decorator yourself. The tips are very helpful and really will help sell the house. If the house is already decluttered and decor is in good taste, I probably wouldn't.
In Colorado, we no longer have dual agency. I don't think it is wise, it is best to just have a Buyer's Agent working just for you. The agent ultimately is working for the Seller. I don't see how they can work for both, its really not possible.
If it is a buyers market, you will not do as well on selling your home, but will make up the difference when buying a home. If it is a sellers market, you will not do as well when buying a home as you will selling. Its all relative and will always work out in the end no matter what the market is if you are both selling and buying.
Not everyone has the FICO score it takes to purchase such as a minimum 620 for FHA loan. It may take a couple years to clean up your credit.
I wouldn't do it without a good sized pet deposit or added rent. Pets are hard on a home.
Of course, contact a Realtor that you know to put together a market analysis for you of Sold and Active listings. Take the price of the Active listings with a grain of salt because these have not sold yet and will probably for a reduced price. You will get what you need if you do this! And don't be greedy when setting a list price for your home. It will just sit and you will be frustrated.
I put a sign in the yard after closing, with approval by all, that I have sold this home and can sell yours too. I also send out "Just Sold" postcards to the neighborhood and to my client list.
There are several reasons for this. The agent might be putting the home on the market under a new MLS number so it pops up on any "new listing" searches. There could have been a mistake by the person putting the information into the MLS and had to cancel the listing to redo. The Seller may be totally undecided as to what to do. In this case the listing agent needs to get a better grasp of the Seller's needs.
Yes you can but I believe you will both have to qualify for the loan. A lender will consider both of your income, FICO scores etc if both are to be on the loan.