Our local housing market is busy. You’ve probably seen a good number of “for sale” signs around town that were swiftly topped with “sold” signs. It’s not a mirage. And those sellers weren’t just lucky either.
The key to getting your home sold today is being an involved, educated seller. Sellers who actively participate and partner with their real estate professionals get their homes sold faster and for top dollar.
Sellers today know that getting their home ready for sale takes some effort. It’s worth it when buyers view their polished home online and then flock to the property—and like what they see. In this market, offers come easily when home sellers have done some fancy footwork ahead of time!
We can give you all the real estate advice you could ever need or want. The secret is to put the advice into action. If you’re serious about selling your home, call us now for a pre-listing evaluation.
We’ll work with you to set the right price and right strategy to meet your real estate needs and get your house sold. Stepping forward to closing can be easy…if you know the right moves. We’d love to do the home seller’s happy dance with you!
Your best foot forward is looking at recent solds in your area that tell us what homes like yours are selling for. We call them ‘comps,’ or comparable properties. Then we mix in the unique features of your home in relation to the larger market trends to price ahead of a rising or declining market.
As we choreograph your individual selling scenario, we’ll also use expired listings as an indicator of overpriced listings. Some homes may call for a paid pre-listing appraisal, if setting a slightly under-market price will attract more buyers. Finally, we’ll review competing listings—not that they will sell for those prices, but to position your home to advantage versus long-on-market wallflowers.
Ultimately, local market conditions and current homebuyers will determine what is a fair price for your home.
Before you list your home for sale, you’ve got to deal with your stuff. Sure, your clutter might be neat, it might be hidden under things and behind doors, but buyers will see it eventually, and it will distract them. Start on a clutter-busting plan before you put your home on the market. You’ll have less to move later, and your home’s true character will shine for buyers.
The Remodeling Twist
If your home doesn’t show like a model home, all is not lost. Don’t hurry into a major remodel, though. Many large-scale home improvements won’t pay you back at sale time, and some buyers may not like your choice of upgrades. Instead, consider giving buyers an upfront credit for new flooring, updating a half bath or whatever deficiencies your home has. One very worthwhile upgrade would be a fresh coat of neutral-color paint throughout the home.
Do The Stage-And-Slide
Once you get your home de-cluttered and all your small home projects are complete, take the best pieces of furniture from each room and arrange them to invite buyers in. If you need help, we can refer you to professional stagers who can make your home look stellar. For some long-time owners, moving out early and staging with select furniture can transform a ho-hum listing into an instant hit.
If you carefully heed professional advice to get your home cleared out, staged, prepped, priced right and open for inspections and appraisals, you’ll be ready to waltz to closing/settlement, and then do the happy dance to your next home.