Listing and selling your home is definitely a process. The best thing you can do if you are planning to sell your home is first and foremost put together a check list. You will need to do a little work to get everything in place:
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1) Define Your time line (price changes)
2) Go to a few open houses in your area to get a feel of competition. Try to be as objective as possible.
3) Get rid of as much clutter as possible (garage included)
4) Define what you are willing to do, paint, change carpet, refinish the floor.
5) Go on line and get an estimated value of your home
6) Interview a few agents
Defining your time line is very important for the simple reason that in this climate things change every week, month. It’s not the same to sell now or in six months. Your information will be outdated. The more inventory the longer it may take.
Visit open houses. Sounds simple enough but most people don’t do it. Your home will be competing for buyers. How does your home compare? What’s the overall condition of the other homes, location, and square footage? Everything matters.
Do you have clutter? Everyone does. Try to do it yourself or hire someone that can help you clean up. Clutter is a turn off and it will tarnish your homes appeal.
So what are you willing to do? People scare off easy. You need to make your home as appealing as possible for the most amounts of people. It‘s no longer about you. So, if you have painted all the rooms purple because you love it maybe you need to stop by the paint store and buy a few cans of Navajo white.
Your home value, go on line and Google “home value” you should find a few companies that can get you a valuation within 24 hours. You need to have a point of reference. It will vary up or down depending on all the factor, condition, location, and inventory.
Talk to a few agents. Realtors are like everyone else, some are good and some are bad. Most agents that have stuck it out are true professionals. Google your agent, find out if he has a web page and better yet web presence. More and more people search online. Call him or her a few times to see if they get back to you in a timely fashion. Do not sign a listing for more than 3 months. What’s the point, if it hasn’t sold in that time the price is too high or something is wrong. Your agent should have approached you for a reduction in price or some other strategy. If they didn’t, odds are you have a “yes” agent. You know the kind; they always tell you what you want to hear. I believe you need someone that is going to be honest and tell you the real deal
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