Any ideas on finding a buyer for our c.1870 farmhouse? We're being transferred and are in a hurry.

Asked by Marie, Connecticut Sat Feb 14, 2009

We have only owned the property for three years but have put a lot of time, effort and money into renovations. It was on the market for quite a while when we bought it and our realtor explained that there are very few buyers interested in an old home. I know price is the biggest incentive and the market has softened but how can we sell our home quickly as possible without giving it away.

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Dan Ross, Agent, Southington, CT
Sun Feb 15, 2009
The advice you have gotten here is sound. I have sold antique homes as well, and understand that there a much more limited buying audience than there is for a more modern home.
As with any good marketing plan, you have to consider what the profile of your most likely buyer would be, then target your advertising in that direction. One ot the things that has helped me to sell antique homes was to advertise in magazines and websites that specialize in older homes. When you review your agent's marketing plan, make sure you address these sites with him/her. Your most likely buyer will come from someone that already loves this type of home.

Hope this helps and good luck
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Phil, , Guilford, CT
Sun Feb 22, 2009
Depending on the condition and location, it may be someones dream home! A niche home like this could also use some additional creativity in marketing to get it sold. For instance leaving fliers at local antique stores could land you a qualified buyer and a future customer for themselves. After all an antique home needs matching antique furniture and decor, right?
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Laura Mahon, Agent, CT,
Mon Feb 16, 2009
Hi Marie,
Everyone here has sound advice. You need to be smart and really market an Antique home - the buyer pool is limited but usually passionate about what they like. One way to expound on the marketing your real estate agent is already doing for you, is to advertise your home with an online listing site specializing in Historic Homes and Antique Properties, as Dan mentioned below. Please take a look at Historical Home (web address below) and see what you think. We have on average 1,000 visitors a week who are specifically looking for an Antique Connecticut Property. They are there because they are looking for an old home just like yours. Good luck to you!
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Leigh Newport, Other Pro, Hamilton, VA
Sun Feb 15, 2009
Hello Marie,

I agree with Kristina regarding comparing your home to others out there on the market. As a Home Stager, I am focused on the home showing to it's potential, regardless of the homes age or character. As many older homes often have smaller room sizes, I would stand in the doorway of each room and take photos. If you see more furniture than the room, remove non-crucial pieces that highlight the focal points of the room.

If you are unsure of where to begin, the small investment in a consultation by an Accredited Staging Professional can maximize your homes potential. You can search for an ASP Stager in your area at www.

As a lover of old homes, I have long received updates of Historic Homes from this site, which is throughout the US:

Best of luck to you in selling your home.

Leigh Newport
Staged by Design
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Sat Feb 14, 2009
I would recommend talking with three Realtors and comparing how they work and their proposals.
Does your company offer relocation assistance?
Most companies offer help to employees that are being transferred, and before you invest a lot of time and effort on your own, ask the HR department how they can help you with your home.

If they do not offer relocation assistance, then i would definitely discuss your situation with Realtors who have experience in selling homes of people in your situation. IMHO if there is not relocation package, then you should negotiate a package (which is a list of what your company will pay you in order for you to move).

For example, in some cases if you need to sell your home to buy in your new location, and the home values are a lot different? What happens if your home will not sell for what you paid? Ask these questions BEFORE you transfer.
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Leslie Gordon, , Connecticut
Sat Feb 14, 2009
Where are you located? I have successfully marketed and sold antique properties in Stamford and the keys are marketing and pricing. Curb appeal, leave the interior furnished or staged, and direct your marketing to the unique segment of home buyers who like vintage properties.
Pls contact me if I can help.
Les Gordon
Juner Properties
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Carl Guild, Agent, East Hampton, CT
Sat Feb 14, 2009
Kudos to Kristina! - Excellent Advice!
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Kristina Zack, Agent, West Hartford, CT
Sat Feb 14, 2009 more babble...

Have you and your Realtor review these steps

-Appeal to buyer, curb appeal, and the way your home shows inside

-Price, take a look at what antiques are selling in the area and other homes

-Marketing Stragedy

Ok I am done now! :)
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Kristina Zack, Agent, West Hartford, CT
Sat Feb 14, 2009

Talk to your Realtor & see what kind of solution you can come up with. Compare comparables in the area to see what antiques are going for. Has your home been advertised in Antique Homes Magazine? Folks look to that magazine when they are looking for that particular type of home.

Your home is special and unqiue, and needs a special buyer. I suggest you sit down with your Realtor and review your marketing stragedy and take a look at the price through what is selling in the area, esp comparing it to antiques. Review what has worked, and what hasnt worked. Also, have you and your Realtor walk through the house and make sure it appealing to the eyes of the buyer. I hope this helps!

I wish you lots of luck!:)
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Amanda Albert, Agent, Woodbridge, CT
Sat Feb 14, 2009
Hi Marie,
I would need to take a look at least at your listing sheet to give you ideas. Please email your address or MLS number to and I will get back to you asap.

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