Downsizing your home may feel like a step down, but a closer look reveals quite a few upsides.
3 Minute ReadTopic: home selling
If your home’s been on the market since swimsuit season, you probably feel fresh out of festive heading into the new year—especially if 2016 was a banner year for other homes in your area. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel!
But before you give up on your home deal, why not resolve to do a few things differently in 2017? Here are three steps to help you start the new year off right.
Take Yourself Out of the Equation
It’s tough to admit you may be the reason your home isn’t selling. But look on the bright side: You’re the easiest problem to fix!
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Be honest and ask yourself if you’re doing anything that could potentially drive buyers away. Common deal-breakers include:
- Hanging around during showings
- Stretching the truth about your home’s features
- Restricting the times buyers can view your home
- Allowing your pets to mess (and stink) up your home
- Expecting buyers to pay too much for your home
Guilty as charged? Here’s your easy fix: Stop! Yep, it really is easy as that. Work with a real estate agent who isn’t afraid to give it to you straight when you get in the way of your own home deal.
Create a Picture-Perfect Setting
Most homeowners have trouble looking at their home objectively. They’ve learned to embrace all the little quirks that make a house a home. But buyers who are hopped up on HGTV have high expectations about their next home. They’re looking for move-in-ready perfection—even if they can’t afford it. So it’s your job to make your home as perfect as it can be.
Ask an experienced real estate agent if there are any improvements or upgrades you can complete to make your home more attractive to buyers. While you’re at it, remember that you’re selling the experience of living in your home, so make the inside cozy and inviting (not just clean and clutter-free) when you have showings.
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Shake Off That Slacker Agent
The right real estate agent can make selling your home a breeze. They&rsquuo;ll handle all the details from preparing your listing to arranging the closing.
But the wrong agent can cost you time and money. Here are a few signs it’s time to partner with a new pro. Your agent:
- Lacks experience
- Ignores your calls or emails
- Doesn’t hold up their end of the contract with you
- Treats you or potential buyers with disrespect
You deserve a high-octane agent who provides reliable advice and consistently exceeds your expectations for service. All their efforts will translate into results—your home will get sold!
If you’re looking for a go-getter who knows what it takes to sell your home fast, we can connect you with the top agents Dave recommends in your area.