make sure that your agent has a house listed on local MLS. Here are some tips to get more showings:
- Revise the description of the listing. Sometimes adding "power" words or phrases can get things stirred.
- You and your agent, talk to your neighbors, owners and employees of local businesses, parents in schools, etc. Network with others and spread the word.
- Talk to your agent about running an ad on craigslist.org. This website generates a ton of leads and it's free.
- Create an individual website for your house. Market it on other websites, blogs and directories. Internet is extremely powerful.
If you have not had a single showing in 3 weeks, talk to your agent and ask him to revisit the marketing plan, if he/she had one. It's true, the market is slow, but there is no excuse for not bringing people to your house. Perhaps, you can switch agents, depending on your contract's details, but your house is a product that's for sale and your agent has to do everything he can to sell it.
Sorry to say, but it is defnitely over-priced. The buyer that first sees the home they purchase sees it with a Realtor.- 90% of the time. No showings means that they Realtors do not think it is worth showing.
Ask your Realtor how many homes, like yours, have sold in the last 60 days? How many that have been on the market less than 30 days sold?
That is your target....
Price is almost always the problem when a house has no prospects/action. I would recommend reavaluating price before anything else. As far as your competition goes... their agents should be recommending price reductions as well. Unfortunately in most areas this is not a selling market and homes are not selling for what they would have a year or two ago.
Another option is to "vamp" up your curb appeal. Schedule showings or attend open houses in your neighborhood to check out the competition. This will give you a better idea of where yours stands and what you can do to improve; above and beyond your competition.
As suggested below, you can ask your agent to post your listing on Craigs List (FOR FREE!) or you can take it upon your self to do so. This provides another avenue for buyers.
Other suggestions include:
1. Check out your photos. If you have too much furniture or the placement of furniture makes your home appear cluttered and/or small most people will think that it is. Also having two little or no furniture is also a downfall.
2.Look at the description provided. Make sure your agent has described your home 'to it's fullest' leaving out no features such as wood floors, open layout, remodeled bath/kitchen, entertaining floor plan... etc.
3.An open house may be just the thing to get buyers through if nothing else seems to be working. However... going back to price; most will not attend if they feel it is overpriced.
Hope this helped.
All real estate boils down to price.
Any home that is not model perfect in our area will sit until the price is low enough to entice buyers. Buyers do not know the costs or time it will take to improve a property to get it to where they would like it to be.
Even our lowest priced properties expect granite counters and stainless appliances here. Ask your realtor what buyers in your price point expect and decide whether you should improve your house to that level or lower the price to a point that buyers take the plunge.
Best wishes for a quick sale!
I would reach out to your Realtor and get to the bottom of the issue together. The market these days is HOT! Be sure you're ready to take full advantage of it!:)
Judy May, Esquire, REALTOR
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I agree with the other Realtors on this page, price is probably the main component. However, I must say that although open houses are not the greatest way to garner attention, it is worth a shot. Even if your visitors are just neighbors and locals, chances are those people who are interested in moving into the area. In this market, trying everything is the best approach. What do you have to lose? I am also a big believer in heavy internet marketing as it is the springboard from which most buyers begins their search. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck to you!
Nicole Holmquist, Realtor, Century 21 Sierra Properties in Murphys, CA