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Seller Tips

July 18, 2012 |  Article By :   | 

If you are thinking about putting your home up for sale I have a few seller tips for you to follow to allow for a much smoother selling process.  For some the seller tips may seem obvious but for others maybe not.

  • Choose the right Realtor – choose a Realtor that has experience, knows the market and that you can work with
  • Understand the process – make sure your Realtor explains the entire selling process to you so there are no surprises and you know what to expect at every point of the process
  • Prepare your home – get your home in shape before you list it and if your Realtor has suggestions you may want to follow them as they have the experience, you do not see your home the same way an outside party may see it
  • Market your home – make sure your Realtor is marketing your home online, with signs, open houses, mailings, etc., an ad in the local paper is not enough these days, most buyers are searching online
  • Set a realistic price – the first few weeks that your home is listed are critical so you want to be priced where the market it at, sure you can always lower your price later but you lose those first weeks where the most people will view your home
  • Be ready to negotiate – most buyers will want to negotiate with you on price, closing costs, etc., be ready to negotiate with them and know that most buyers are not going to just offer you what you are asking
  • Where are you headed – don’t forget to have your move planned, your home may sell in a few days or a few months, but you need to be ready to move on when you have an accepted purchase agreement, so plan ahead

By following these seller tips you should have a much easier time selling your home!

Is Your Home Dated

February 9, 2012 |  Article By :   | 

As a Realtor I see a lot of homes, some are new, some are old, some are updated but there are some things that will just date any home that are easy to change!  You live in your home so you may not realize the effect certain items have on a buyer.  Is your home dated?  One of the worst offenders would be the gold knobs and light fixtures from the 80’s and 90’s.  I can’t tell you how many homes I have shown where the sellers have done a great job of renovating their home but they left the gold hardware and fixtures which immediately says to the buyers – dated!  I think most sellers have gotten so used to these items, they don’t even see them.  Even if you are not going to renovate your home prior to putting it on the market, change out the gold hardware and fixtures and replace them with the current trend.  This is a fairly inexpensive and simple fix that will really add an updated look to any home.