Friday, September 17, 2010
You have heard it a dozen times, "Your house will sell". Every realtor that knocks on your door, or telephones you, will tell you that they can get the best price in the shortest amount of time for your house. There are a few steps that 'should' be followed in order to get the end result - a SOLD sign on your lawn.
These are just a few. I am not going to cover the advertising aspect of selling your house, that's for another day. But, you do want to hire a Realtor that will bring the most eyes onto your property.
Here we go:
1: Hire a 'full time Realtor'. This is not time to be fooling around with part-time agents. Don't hire your best friend, cousin, or your hairstylist who may be working as a part-time realtor. You are selling what is your most valuable asset. This involves a lot on money. Understand your marketing plan that will be set out by your realtor.
2: Don't beat your listing agent up over the commission. Marketing real estate properly costs money. Don't limit the amount of money your listing agent will have available for marketing.
3: Listen to your Listing Agent regarding pricing. We do know what we're doing. We are following homes sales and solds all day, every day. It doesn't matter what your neighbour "thinks" you should get for your house, but what a qualified buyer is willing to pay for your house. A good Realtor will be able to show you all the comparable data of homes that sold, how quickly they sold, and why the sellers got what they got for the listing.
4: You may want to think about getting a "PRE"-inspection done on the house. This will help you get minor fix-ups done, and possible hidden major fix-ups, to send a signal to buyers that you are serious about selling your house.
5: Make the home move-in ready as much as possible. I'm not talking about cosmetics, although that would help. I'm talking big ticket items. eg. roof, furnace, air conditioning, etc.
6: CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. It should sparkle. There should be no odors.
7: Hire a professional home stager. At the very least, get a consultation so you know exactly what needs to be done to make it more appealing to the greatest number of buyers.
These are just a few ideas. Of course there are more and I would be happy to sit down and discuss all your real estate needs with you. Even if it's just to chat about what's going on in your neighbourhood.
Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative
Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
Fine Homes In Nine Oh Five
Web Site: http://www.bettybart.com
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