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Tips to Sell Your Home Quickly

Tips to selling your home quickly

 

First impressions can make or break a deal; same goes with your home. Whether you are selling a showplace or a smaller condo there are some things you can do to make your place more enticing to potential buyers. 

1. De-clutter

If it isn’t essential to the décor it’s time to pack it away. Potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your home. Some people will have trouble seeing their stuff if they’re wading through yours.

2. Start with the outside

When a potential buyers pulls into the driveway start their tour off right. A little landscaping and some color in the yard or garden will make the right impression. It also will add a smile to their face and get the tour started on the right track.

3. Update the interior

You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money updating the interior because buyers will always have their own ideas. But have you ever walked into a home with neon blue throughout the house? Try to tame any eccentric color choices with neutral paints. It’s all about helping the buyers visualize themselves in your home. If they are overwhelmed buy potential maintenance issues they will move on.

4. Stage your home

If you have rooms in your house that are rarely used give them a purpose during showings. It never hurts to be creative and show what could be. If you’ve already moved out, this could be very important to making sure you’re home isn’t sitting on the market for long.

 

 

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Negotiating

Negotiating

"I'm gonna make him an offer he won't refuse," is a famous line from The Godfather but not everything is that simple especially in real estate transactions. When buying or selling a home everything is negotiable including when you can start moving in. Here are some tips to make sure everyone can come out a winner. 

1.Price

Sellers - This isn’t an arbitrary number. If the house is priced too high it’ll sit on the market, too low and you’re missing an opportunity. Your realtor will help you determine a fair price that considers the value of the home as well as values of other homes sold in the nearby area. 

Buyers – You potentially will be competing against others, so make the most compelling offer you can. Sellers will quickly discredit your offer if it’s too low. Make sure to consider all aspects of your offer including closing or maintenance costs.

2.Finances

Sellers – Know what your final selling price is including what you want or don’t want to put toward closing costs.

Buyers - make sure to have your finances in order before making an offer. If you love the home so does someone else. Sellers may have several offers at once. Showing you are preapproved will help make sure your offer is given the consideration it's due. 

3.Don't get hung up on the small stuff

 Sellers – you love your home, but remember everyone has their own style. Changes will be made but try to not get bent out of shape with buyer maintenance requests.

Buyers - no home is perfect so go into negotiations knowing what maintenance issues are a must fix and which you could live with fixing yourself. 

4.Inspections

Sellers – Inspections can make or break a deal so make sure you’re not waiting around on pins and needles. When negotiating you can request a time frame for buyers to have inspections completed.

Buyers – Inspections are important! Inspectors are trained to spot things that you may not realize could be an issue. Partner with your realtor to get a recommendation.

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