Each day, many people enter the real estate market as sellers. For some it’s a once in a lifetime event, for others it’s a test of their business and salesmanship skills as they endeavor to sell yet another home for profit. The advice provided in this article will help you to see that anyone can sell real estate, even if inexperienced.
Spring is the best time to get your home on the market. Parents prefer not to uproot their children from schools mid-term, and so, purchasing by late spring and moving in the summer months is ideal. Having your realtor hired, your home staged and minor repairs completed by late February, offers you the best timeline for a spring sale.
When trying to sell your home, you need to give the real estate agents and potential investors access to your home on a regular basis. If you constantly need time to prep before letting anyone inside, you may miss out on a sale from someone who doesn’t have time to work around your schedule.
If you are selling your house then you should make your property very accessible to potential buyers. Trying to find parking or finding the home hard to get into may make a potential buyer change their mind about taking a look at your property and look for something else.
Be flexible when it comes to showing your home, especially in the fall. Many buyers are just as busy with the kids’ schedules and are on as tight of a schedule as you are. You may have to open your home to anyone that is interested during the weekends or the evenings to allow anyone interested to see it.
In a buyers market, have your home pre-inspected before starting to sell. Many buyers will completely disregard a house that hasn’t been inspected recently. Investing time and energy into a house, only to find problems before closing, is a big turn off to buyers and most prefer to avoid that headache entirely.
While you may feel like nobody can sell your house better than yourself, many Realtors beg to differ. Prospective buyers generally respond more positively to objective information and prefer to take in all of the features and amenities of a house on their own time. The home owner’s presence often competes with the house itself for the potential buyers’ attention.
When selling your house, it is absolutely necessary to hire an appraiser. The appraiser can tell you the value of your house according to today’s market standards. Make sure the appraiser has the proper credentials, experience and state license and certification. Also, avoid a real estate agent recommended appraiser.
Hopefully, the great advice that was in this article will send you on your way with a lot of great ideas to try in your current or future sale. While the market may be down, it just means that you have to be a little more creative in the actions that you take.
By John Hester