4 TIPS FOR GETTING TOP DOLLAR FOR YOUR HOME
If you are like most people, you want to sell your house fast and at top dollar. Why shouldn’t you? These four tips will help you do just that, even in a tough market.
Tip #1: Get the Right Agent
Not all real estate listing agents are the same. You will want to find one that is full-time, aggressive, knows the market and is willing to do more research if necessary, and is enthusiastic about your particular house or area.
Be sure your agent:
• Has a marketing plan that includes the use of the Internet, social media, fliers, open houses, and professional photos
• Is an expert in your area.
• Has trong background and good references
• Sells their listed homes below the average number of days and without having to reduce the price
• Is known for their strong communication
• Embraces technology
• Is personable and will be friendly with those viewing your house
• Is flexible and is available throughout the day and evening for showings
Tip #2: Price Your Home Correctly
Setting the right price for your home is more important than anything else you will do when you decide to sell. If you set it too low, you will lose money. If you set it too high, you will not sell quickly. The longer a house sits on a market, the less desirable it becomes, thus causing you to have to drastically reduce the price, once again losing money.
Before you set your price, take a look at your competition. The best way to do this is to hire a great real estate agent who understands the market in your area. They will do a complete comparative market analysis (CMA) that includes comparatives of homes similar to your own that have recently sold. Then the trick is being strategic about the pricing so that your home becomes the best value in the price range.
Tip #3: Time Your Sale
When it comes to selling a home, timing can be crucial. Potential home buyers are abundant in the spring and the beginning of the summer due to the warmer weather, the longer periods of daylight, tax refund checks that can be used as a deposit, and the fact that the school year is coming to a close. All of these factors motivate those wishing to relocate to start looking.
The more buyers that are available, the more likely you are to sell your house quickly and for a high price. In fact, a home seller can often name their price during this time of year.
Tip #4: Make It Easy to Learn About Your House
There is nothing worse than a buyer wanting to know more about your house and not being able to find out what they want to know. If a buyer can’t find out specifics, they are very likely to move on to a house that provided the information easily.
More than 80% of consumers begin their home search on the Internet. Therefore, having a devoted website or page is essential. The website or page that details your home should be chock full of photos. This will be your best shot at getting someone to come see your home in person.
In addition to online information, be sure that those people driving by can learn more about your house. Most agents will provide a canister for your signage that can be filled with fliers about your home. Though you won’t be able to include as many photos, be sure to include as much information as possible, including where to learn more.
If you follow these 4 tips, you are sure to sell your home quickly and for top dollar. Good luck and happy selling!