Hire a Realtor
You’ve come upon that time in your life when you need, or want, to make a move. Whether you’re buying your first home, upgrading from your starter home, or downsizing now that all the kids are out of the house, working with a real estate agent is likely the best move you can make. There are two sides to any real estate transaction: the buyer and the seller. Your relationship with your agent is going to differ slightly depending on which side you’re on. Further complicating matters is the likely scenario in which you are both selling and buying a home, usually represented in both transactions by the same agent. YOUR AGENT MATTERS!!
Make Your Property Accessible to Buyers
Lock boxes are a great way to make your home accessible to agents for showing. Appointment showings are the most restrictive. If your lifestyle is not compatible with frequent showings, your agent will help you determine a solution to suit your needs. Remember, the easier a home is to show, the better the odds are of getting the deal you want.
Use the Latest Marketing Technology
Make sure your agent utilizes the latest technology, such as internet sites that cater to home buyers. A good agent will know where you can get the best exposure.
Stage Your Property Correctly
Put some items in storage, create more light, play music or otherwise improve the ambience. Your agent can oﬀer helpful advice to create the right first impression.
Analyze Why You are not Getting Oﬀers
Eight percent of all buyer’s activity comes from signs and MLS listings. So, if you are not getting oﬀers and are ﬂexible with showing your home, it may be time to re-evaluate your price, not necessarily your agent.
First Impressions are Everything
Sales have gone south thanks to unkempt lawns, cluttered closets, unpainted front doors, hard-to-work locks, blown lightbulbs, bold paint colors, stains, and foul smells. Spend time on the little things. Double up on your gardening. Keep things cleaner than usual. Take serious control of your pets during this time period.
Make the Right Kind of Repairs
Before making improvements, prior to listing, consult a real estate professional. Some upgrades will not yield any real increase in value, while others may increase property value substantially. Ask for low cost solutions to minor repair that will yield the best profit.
Price Your Home Right Your agent can research comparable sales in your area and advise you of the appropriate price range for your property. A Realtor knows the houses, knows the market trends (how much is the market up/down since you purchased) and knows what the buyers are looking for. A CMA is free!