The arrival of Spring means more and more people will be getting their homes ready to sell. But with recent shifts in real estate experts anticipate that this year’s spring housing market will be different from the craziness of the past several years. If you are going to sell your house we want to help you to sell quickly, without hassles, and for the most money. Here are some tips you can follow that can help:
1. Make Sure You Give Buyers Access
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a seller is limiting the days and times when buyers have access to view your home. In any market, if you want to maximize the sale of your house, you can’t limit potential buyers’ access to view it. If it’s not accessible, it could cost you by sitting on the market longer and ultimately selling for a lower price.
Chambers of Commerce report that nearly 300 people are moving into the DFW metroplex DAILY. Buyers from out of town have limited time to view homes they've marked to see and many will be spur of the moment. In fact, we had a cash sale that closed in March with a couple from Michigan. We were able to schedule a showing of a home that caught their eye and they wrote an offer the same day on one of our million dollar listings. So, the lesson here is you cannot be stingy about showing your home!
2. Make Your Home Look as Good as Possible on the Inside
For anything to sell, especially your home, it must look inviting. Your real estate agent can give you expert advice on ideal staging for your home. Even updating a room with fresh paint, steam cleaning carpets, or removing clutter from the garage can make a big impact. Our rule is Declutter - Declutter - Declutter! Get a copy of Geni's book, 'Industry Secrets That Get Your Home Top Dollar!' and read the chapter on 'The 3 D's!'
3. First Impressions Matter
As the old adage says “you'll never get a second chance to make a first impression” and this is no less true when selling your house. Often, the first impression a buyer gets is what they see when they pull up in front of the house or as they walk up to the front door. Putting in the work in on the exterior of your home - 'curb appeal' - is just as important as what you stage inside. Freshen your landscaping, add new mulch to improve your home’s curb appeal so you can make an impact with potential buyers.
4. Price It Right
This is probably the most important aspect of selling your home in today’s real estate market. If you follow the tips we've discussed and your house is priced competitively, it’s going to sell. To do this, you have to know what’s happening with home prices in your area and understand the factors that are affecting the market right now. That’s why it’s best to work with a trusted real estate professional who can ensure you list your house at the right price.
According to the National Association of Realtors or NAR the home that are listed and sold by Realtors bring upward of 8% more than homes that are sold by owners and much quicker as Realtors often have buyers who are looking for the right home. We just sold a home in March for about 25% more than the offers the seller had been considering! Check out the The Realtor Advantage - 16 reasons why using a Realtor can put more money in your pocket.