Selling Your Home

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Selling your home can be a complicated process.  There are forms that need to be filled out, legalities that need to be addressed and a whole lot of headaches that can be very difficult to wade through.  Really, all a homeowner want to do when selling their home is to get the best possible deal and to sell as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, that is not so easy to do nowadays.

Adding to this difficult process is the prevalence of real estate brokers who work solely for the buyer and who are skilled at valuing property and negotiating sales.  This makes the process even more cumbersome.  Nowadays, it is more important than ever to have a skilled, reliable, professional realtor to assist you with the headache of selling your home.  A good real estate agent will have vast experience and skill in negotiations, marketing and financing and will have up to date knowledge of the legalities for selling a house.  All this you will find highly beneficial.

Get Prepared, Make a Plan

In order to sell your home quickly and at the best possible price, you need your house to look as good as it can get.  This means taking a critical eye to the home and analyzing what can be improved at a low cost that will help spruce the place up. 

Does your home need a new coat of paint?  How are the appliances?  Is the place clean?  Does the yard need to be updated?  Is there anything that needs to be replaced or repaired?  Ask these questions because a lot of the minor home improvements you can make are not expensive and can significantly impact the appeal of your home to prospective buyers.

You should also analyze your reasons for selling and share these with your realtor.  You may have a particular timeline or goals that you want addressed.  Sharing his with your realtor will allow them to market accordingly and may impact the sale of your home.

Is there a Better Time to Sell?

If you need or want to sell your home, by all means retain a competent realtor and put your home on the market regardless of the time of year.  However, the market does tend to become more active in the summer because parents are trying to work around children’s school schedules.  Housing prices tend to fluctuate based on supply and demand and this sometimes coincides with the time of the year but it is not a guarantee.

Getting the Most Out of Your Home

You want your home to be the best it can be but you also want it to be within the standard of the neighborhood.  If your home has significantly more improvements than others in the neighborhood, it will have a harder time selling.  Instead, you want your home to look good and be attractive to buyers without looking overly extravagant.

Your realtor can do a walk through of your home with you and make suggestions on improvements.  These are typically cosmetic in nature and will not cost too much to accomplish.  Painting, yard work, flooring and ensuring all appliances are in good working order are ideal things to look at to improve the home.  Buyers will be impressed at the appearance and you will not have spent a lot of money.

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