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Huesito, Home Seller in 15052

When is good time to sell a home in 2011? and How can I get sold within 6 months once is on the market?

Asked by Huesito, 15052 Wed Dec 29, 2010

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Hi there, in any 12 month calendar period, the Spring market is the optimal time to sell - more buyers, and yest more inventory, but generally a more robust time all around. The Spring market begins to percolate after the holidays as buyers shake off the holiday fog - so the sooner you list the more of the Spring market you will capitalize on. The best strategy is to price correctly out of the gate, or correct quickly if you miss the mark. The excitement for any new listing is greatest in its first 45-60 days, which doesn't mean it will sell in that period - in fact the statistics will likely suggest otherwise, but it is the time when you will get the most attention from the market. Interest fades quickly and soon you will be old news. Trying to catch up is tough. Starting high and working down over months and months will result in a lower sale price. The quicker you sell the more you will yield. In a declining or stagnant market, time is not the friend of the seller.

What you need is a great local agent to guide you - this is a good place to begin the search for one. You should first identify several and interview them - ask for references and talk to them.

Best of luck to you!
Jeanne Feenick
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
Anytime is a good time to sell a home.

Here are some simple repairs to help your home show better and sell faster.

When a buyer comes into your home, they can be very fussy about small things. If you want to help your home show better and sell faster, follow these simple repairs.

Kitchen – Replace kitchen faucets. Replace hardware on cabinets and drawers. Put new caulk around backsplash.

Bathroom – Install new towel racks, lighting fixtures, and faucets. Repair leaky faucets or running toilets. Put fresh caulk around tub/shower.

Curb Appeal – Make sure you have fresh landscaping with no weeds. Keep your lawn mowed and replace dead grass with new sod. Planting a few fresh flowers will add to the appeal.

Doorways – Make sure they are working well. Check for squeaks. Fix any ripped screens on screed doors or lanais. Replace old door knobs and locks. Caulk windows and doors.

Flooring – Replace or repair cracked tile. Clean or replace the grout. Shampoo or replace carpeting.

Exterior – Replace any missing shingles on the roof. Clear gutters from leaves or other debris. Replace mailbox and house numbers. Caulk and paint over small hairline cracks in foundation.

Painting – Check for any cracks or holes and repair. Paint walls, ceilings, and trim in neutral colors. If you don’t have time to paint all the walls, at least do touch up painting.

Mechanical – Make sure major mechanical systems are working such as air conditioning/heating and plumbing as well as electrical systems. All appliances should be in good working order.

Any repairs that you do to your home will help improve the value of your home. Home buyers will feel safer in purchasing a home when they do not see a lot of repairs that need to be made. If you are willing to spend a little money on completing necessary repairs, it could result in a higher selling price and a quicker sale.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL tammyhayesre@gmail.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
Hi Huesito,

A six month marketing plan isn't very aggressive. There's no reason why a home should sit on the market for 6 months (unless it is overpriced).
My market is Beaver County, Industry is very familiar to me...just sold 1512 Ohio Ave yesterday
Call me, I can help you.

Amy Logan, Realtor
ASR, Accredited Seller Representative
ABR, Accredited Buyer Representative
CSR, Certified Seller Representative
SRS, Seller Representative Specialist
14+ Years Experience
724.728.2255 x444
Licensed in the state of PA
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 3, 2011
The spring market usually is the best time to list depending on your location. In the eastern part of the country the spring market really begins in mid February. You want to be ahead of the rest of the homes that are sure to come on in March & April and list early.

As far as selling in 6 months or less there is one word, price. Price your home aggressively and it will sell. Experience has shown us that pricing your home 3 to 5% under the competition will often get you a quick offer and sometimes multiple offers over asking price.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 3, 2011
you can sign a flat fee listing with an agent so you can put your house on MLS without paying the agent that listing commission, and then you can find ways to sell your house for sale by owner. you can also come some real estate investment companies in your area that buy houses.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 14, 2011
This is a great time to get started! We are at the beginning stages of our peak season. It takes a little while to get maximum exposure in all the advertising so the sooner you list the sooner you will sell. We are having a lot of calls already this year. It's going to be a great year in real estate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 14, 2011
I agree with Christina. NOW. Buyers that brave the cold are serious. There is less inventory during the winter. Good luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 12, 2011
Now is one of the best times to sell. The holiday's are over and serious buyers don't mind braving the snow and cold. January - March are busy months for us Realtors, especially with tax return checks. I work in your area and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Also check out one of my listings near you at 306 Huron Street, Industry.

Christina Hoffmeier
Howard Hanna
Office 724-654-5555 ext 34
Cell: 724-622-2283
Email: christinahoffmeier@howardhanna.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 12, 2011
Price, condition, and location and demand for homes are the factors that determine how quickly the home will sell.
You can control the first two items. A good agent will show you the list of homes that sold in your area and how long it took to sell each of tose homes.You may see that some sold in less than a month and some took more than 6 months. Price it right from the start.Remove clutter and see that it shows well. Choose an agent who will market the home well .
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 4, 2011
Huesito, Real Estate is a local venture so you will need good information from the best agents in your area. Interview the best 3 that you can find and delve into their statistics and their services. Find the one you like best whose average time on market is less than 6 months, preferably even less than that! They will be able to guide you as to timing and preparation of your home for entry into your market. Good luck! If you feel you would like some help in finding agents in your market, email me back and I will use my networks to find you 3 good candidates to interview!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
Sold in 6 months is a plan if you are looking to start high and go down. There is no reason to take that long. Talk to someone who knows your market and Market correctly with the correct right and it will sell ASAP. We still have a good market here in Western PA. Yes if you look at the raw numbers there is six months of property on the market but history tells us that is considered a balanced market. In your zip code of 15052, 29 listings sold last year, with an average 133 days on the market. There are 17 active listings on the current market. Be one of the two best priced and sell in much less time.
Wishing you the best in 2011
Benny Smith
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 31, 2010
If you are in the North East then I would say it is best to wait till mid January. Pricing is key in this market. If you are priced too high you'll be sitting with your property on the market well into the summer and you would have missed the primary spring market. Listen to your realtor when it comes to price because they are the ones out in the field showing and viewing homes and they have the pulse on what is happening in their town.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
There isn't a set time that's the best. Just make sure your house is priced right from the start!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
Right now it is all about PRICE. You must be very careful and price it right from the start. Don't overprice or you'll just sit on the market for months and months.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
Many factors come into play when selling any home

Price higher price less families can afford a loan
Staged correctly
Curb appeal
Floor plan
Area families prefer to relocate to
ARE only a few things be considered

Most families purchase homes between April - August

Listing agent can furnish stat's, and data for you

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
There is no "right" or "wrong" time to sell. When a home owner has to sell, that is the best time!
There are buyers all year looking at homes, not just in the spring.

Take the advice below and make sure to clean, declutter, stage, and most importantly, price right.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
You should put your home on the market at the beginning of the year! Less inventory and more serious buyers are out there! Spring typically was the best time but not anynore! I sold 3 of my listings in December and that is not typicall per previous years. As interest rates slowly go up or remain stable, those buyers waiting for a lower rate are starting to make decisions to buy as well.
Finally, I will not repeat what Tammy wrote because she did such a great job but as she mentioned, staging, curb appeal, de-cluttering, pricing, etc., are all critical points. There are no guarantees how quickly you will sell your home unless your agent provides you with statistical data to give you an idea, but pricing it correctly is very important
Good luck!

Best Regards,
Frank Dolski MBA, ABR, e-PRO
Associate Broker
CARTUS Certified Relocation Specialist
Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors
215-803-3237 (mobile)
215-794-1070 x103 (office)
Web Reference: http://www.FrankDolski.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
Get it on the market as soon as the new year begins. Waiting until spring will put you in with a lot of others that will come on the market. Get ahead of everyone else and price it just below the competion (1 or 2%) to make it attractive to buyers. Also make sure that it is in the best condition you can make it. That doesn't mean spending a lot of money, it just means declutter the inside, maybe fresh paint if needed, clean carpets, etc. and don't forget the outside. Even though we are in winter months, the outside can still be spuced up. It's the first thing buyers see when they come to see the house. There is no guarantee to get the house sold in 6 months, but good condition and right price compared to the competition will help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 29, 2010
Although the current real estate market is erratic these days, typically the best time to sell a home is April through June. The reason these months are strong is because people have tax return cash, the weather is nice, and families want to move in time to enroll their children into school for the fall semester. Start painting the interior, replacing carpet, and doing minor repairs now. A few weeks before you list the home, you should do some light landscaping to give your property curb appeal.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 29, 2010
After the holidays is a good time to sell, but you can get prepared now. I would start interviewing Realtors now and getting an idea of price for your home. If you want to sell your home quickly, I suggest pricing your home aggressively, be under market price!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 29, 2010
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