Home Selling 101

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Like most businesses, the real estate market has a seasonal cycle. But no matter what time of year you decide to put your home up for sale, there are some essentials you need to keep in mind if you want to sell your home for top dollar. Here's our basic advice for folks looking to sell their home soon.

1. Don’t Move out of Your Home Before You Sell It

Moving out before you sell your home can cost you thousands of dollars. Studies have shown that it is more difficult to sell a home that is vacant because it looks forlorn, forgotten and simply unappealing. If you move, you’re also telling buyers that you have a new home and are probably highly motivated to sell fast. This knowledge will give them the advantage at the negotiating table.


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2. Get a Real Estate Agent

This is a must. Your home is most likely your largest asset. You’d be crazy not to use a professional agent to help sell it. Even Dave uses a high-quality agent! A report by the National Association of Realtors shows that the average home in America sold by a real estate agent sold for $46,000 more than homes sold without an agent. So unless you want to risk losing thousands of dollars, you need to find a great real estate agent.

3. Improve Your Home’s Appearance

Seems like common sense, right? You wouldn’t believe how many people forget or don’t think they need to do this.

The decision to buy a home is based on emotion, not logic. Fixing up and cleaning the space generates the greatest emotional response. Doing so allows buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Leaving your kid’s toys on the floor and closets cluttered with junk makes it difficult for buyers to imagine themselves as owners.

So clean like you’ve never cleaned before! Pick up, straighten, scrub, scour and dust. Fix everything, no matter how unimportant it may appear. Present your home to get a “Wow!” response from buyers.

Follow these three tips and you’ll put yourself in a good position to sell your home fast and for a great price! And remember, to get the most money for your home, you need to work with a real estate professional. Dave's real estate Endorsed Local Providers (ELPs) are experts in your area. Find your real estate ELP today!

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