Competing with builders in your neighborhood may or may not be an issue. If your house is priced correctly & it's marketed in the real estate community, it will sell.
I would advise to de-clutter the house & stage it to sell!
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Second, if there is no spec homes available, your home is "available now". For some buyers who need to get into a home asap, that is a big incentive.
Stage your home well. Your competition is. You may have to fight for that sale harder and longer but you are ahead of the game with the extras like window treatment, landscaping, and any upgrades you may have done with the home.
There is a buyer for every home-maybe not on your timing but it will eventually sell. You just have to be motivated and do what needs to be done.
You can see an example of one at http://www.KatyTexas.info
By making a website for the home and advertising that website with a sign rider with the name of the website, neighbors who may have friends or family members wanting to move into the community will be able to see all about your home by viewing it in the internet, prospective new home buyers will also see the sign rider and check it out, the beauty of this 'Single property Website' is that it has all the information of the schools, tax information for your home, and it has a link to translate the website to 6 other languages.
If you like more information, feel free to contact me. Another example is http://www.Brookfield1.info
Unfortunately, a lot of buyers just prefer a new house just like a lot of car buyers prefer a new car. A new home obviously comes with a new roof, new a/c, new hot water heater, etc. which in the mind of buyers means a maintenance free home for a long time to come.
As a seller of a resale in your neighborhood, you really need to focus on the value proposition your home has versus purchasing a new home as you touched on in your question. Your roof and A/C unit may not be new, but the buyer would get blinds, gutters, mature landscaping, better flooring, etc at a very competitive price. (The price part is key.)
Ideally, your realtor will do your home justice by highlighting these features in the listing write-up, including the maximum number of pictures (32) in MLS, creating a video tour of the property uploaded to YouTube, creating a dedicated web site for the property, and highlighting your listing on sites such as Trulia, Zillow, CraigsList, etc.
Please contact me directly if you have any other questions.
Best of luck!
Builder homes have a number of issues to contend with. The home takes about 4-5 months to build and if you put in all of your upgrades the home can get expensive very fast. If your neighbor's home is not getting any showings it probably has less to do with the new build homes and more to do with the pricing of his home.
What they need to do is take a good hard look at the comparable homes and what has sold and see where there house fits into the market. There are plenty of people who need a home today and can't wait to build a home even if that was their preference. So to sell your home it needs to be priced right, show like a new build home and be turn-key ready to move into. Follow these steps and your home will sell for the highest dollar amount the market can support. Over price it and it will just sit without any showings.
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