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October 3rd, 2017 7:36 AM

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When it comes time to sell your home, here are some things your listing agent would like you to know:

  • While your home may be beautifully decorated, clutter can make a home feel cramped and may leave a bad impression.  “Less is more” and if moving anyway, it is time to put personal belongings in storage. 

  • Don’t keep any of your home’s flaws from your agent, as it might hurt a sale.  The listing agent knows what must be fixed or what can slide, so share the good, the bad and the ugly so there are no surprises later.

  • Spend some money to make your house look its best.  Repair the small things, because to a buyer they might look like expensive repairs which means they will either give a lowball offer or none at all, thinking your home needs “a lot of work.”

  • A lot of cash might have gone into your remodeling projects, but that does not guarantee a payback when selling; a return on a home’s upgrades does not necessarily increase value by what was spent.  But kitchens and baths do add value most times.

  • Be nice and don’t overprice!  While listing at a high price and then coming down when necessary sounds like a good idea, it is NOT.  When a home is overpriced, agents will either avoid showing their buyers, or will use it as an example to sell another comparable property.  Buyers also know market values in a particular area and will avoid those homes priced too high.

  • Cleanliness really does count!  The kitchen and bathrooms are the main areas where cleanliness – or lack thereof – is most obvious.  Things like a greasy stove, dust on the floors or furniture, or unkempt bathroom fixtures are always noticed most during a showing.

  • Have some patience!  Even a gorgeous home does not always fly off the market the moment it hits.  The real estate process is a long one from showings to inspections to negotiations.  Data shows that most homes sit on the market an average of 60 to 70 days, many longer. 

Selling a home is a team effort between agent and homeowner.  That cooperation and partnership allows for a more successful and stress-free transaction and closing, where both sides win.  We look forward to helping you!

Written by Barbara Doeringer

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