by Carla Hill
Todayâ€™s sellers may face challenging conditions in many markets, but that doesnâ€™t mean choosing to sell is a bad idea. There are many reasons to sell and most are good ones.
Here are ten tips to get you on your way to getting your home sold.
1. Hire a Professional.
This is no time to be navigating the rough waters of the real estate market on your own. You want someone who can help you accurately price your home, bring in potential buyers, handle contracts, and market your home to the masses.
2. Fully Disclose.
Are you selling because your current home needs more work than you can handle? Are there infestation problems youâ€™d rather not talk about? You must disclose all of these facts to potential buyers. If they find out after the fact that you withheld information you could be in a whole heap of trouble.
3. Be Realistic about Pricing.
It is much wiser to price a home correctly from the start of the selling process than to have an overpriced home sit on the market for months only to have to do a price reduction. You get much more traffic on a well-priced home and newly listed home.
4 . Detach Emotions.
Sellers may have the inclination towards adding sentimental value to a home. They see the memories and work theyâ€™ve put into a property and think every buyer should recognize this. This kind of attachment will make it harder to make smart and timely decisions about offers.
5. Be Involved.
Yes, youâ€™ve hired a professional to handle the legwork and legality of your sale, but youâ€™ll rest much easier at night if you understand the process and all that is going on. Be sure to have regular conversations with your agent.
6. Stage your Home.
Staging is a perfect way to help buyers see the true potential of each room. This may mean, however, that you have to tone down your own style and pack away any clutter or extraneous decor.
7. Donâ€™t Hover.
Sellers can put a lot of heart and soul into staging and getting a home ready for the market. They might want to hang out during an open house. Resist the urge. This makes it very uncomfortable for buyers. So, during showings of any kind, be sure to make yourself scarce.
8. The Next Step.
Are you going to be buying another home? Have you decided to rent? Under normal sales, youâ€™ll have plenty of time to make arrangements, but you also might get a buyer who needs to move in right away. Be ready to take your next step.
9. Be Flexible.
Itâ€™s no secret that todayâ€™s market can be challenging for many sellers. Some markets have seen sharp price declines and shallow buyer pools. This means you need to be flexible on both price and terms. Donâ€™t compromise on your bottom line, but understand that you must be willing to negotiate.
Focus on the good in todayâ€™s market. Pull your attention to the feedback you get from your agent and prospective buyers! Most of all, donâ€™t get discouraged. You will find a buyer!
Selling in todayâ€™s market can be a tough, but rewarding. So, whether youâ€™re selling to move up, downsize, avoid foreclosure, or are following a job, be sure to keep these ten tips in mind for smooth sailing.
Published: January 11, 2012