Markets shift and so must we as agents, sellers, and buyers. In July I listed a home in Weatherford that got a contract within 3 days of listing it. The buyer bought it off the internet. It took the sellers months to get it ready for it's debut. But when it hit the market it was the best price and the best condition and I put in a lot of effort showcasing it. Sometimes in this market it is hard to reduce a home enough to overcome deferred maintenance no matter how insignificant it seems to you. You can thank DIY and HGTV for that. Nevertheless, many homes are greatly improved and updated so if yours is not, you cannot compete at any price. Paint is simple and makes such a difference and provides a clean slate to look at. Storing anything including family photos is of utmost importance.
The next thing after doing all that work is to price it as the most competetive DEAL on the market. Sorry to call it a DEAL but that is what it is to a buyer if he is going to buy in this market. If you price WITH the market then you are just the average home. You must price AHEAD of the market which at this time is LOWER than the other comparable homes. Even a little bit is substantial enough to make a buyer bite. You must have the best bait. The seller of the house above was worried about getting a low offer after pricing at his lowest price. He did get an offer $20000.00 low. But when we finished the negotiatioins the seller only came off his price by $400.00 because we proved he was the best DEAL to they buyer and his agent. Any questions, I can be reached at 817 980-1047... more