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10 Mistakes Home Sellers Make

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10 Mistakes Home Sellers Make

10 Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Setting the Price too High

Trust your agent when it comes to property pricing your home. An agent that works with buyers, as well as sellers will have a balanced idea of pricing, having been in "the trenches" so to speak, and knowing what buyers are willing to pay in any given market.

Waiting for the Market to come back

No one knows when home prices will will return - and don't expect values to return to 2005-06 levels soon. But that doesn't mean you should wait until then to sell your home. In fact, waiting could cost you thousands of dollars in home value, in a down market. Also, listing in a traditionally slow time, will limit your buyer pool

Skimping on Listing Photos

Nothing turns off buyers, and even buyer agents then one blurry picture! With the number of property on the market, your home will be overlooked in favor of one that can be seen.

Faux Pictures

Some listing pictures are nothing more then "magic" and very disappointing when the home is actually visited by the buyers. This is actually the biggest "pet peeve" of buyers.

Deferred Maintenance

Nothing says "neglect" like a home that is poorly maintained. Buyers notice it right away. Have a friend walk through your property and allow them to honestly point out the small details that need to be taken care of. It will result in better offers, and happier buyers.

Failing to Pre Approve Buyers

This is actually the job of the Buyer's agent in my opinion. I never take a buyer to see property without a Pre-Approval from a reputable bank. Failure to take this step is the reason that sales fall through escrow.

Making your Home Inaccessible

Agents and Buyers are busy and have to juggle commitments. Why make it more difficult? When we see a listing that can only be viewed from 10-11 MWF and has to have a special reservation, unless it is perfect in every way, we will look at the easy to get into property first...and likely that one will sell instead of yours.

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