Interrupter CheckmarkInterrupter IconFacebookGoogle PlusInstagramGroupRamsey SolutionsTwitterYouTubeExpand MenuStoreCloseSearchExpand MenuBackStoreSign in
Skip to Main Content

Tax Pro vs. File Your Own? Take Our Quiz!

It’s a Seller’s Market, But Will Your Home Sell?

If you recently put your home up for sale, you’ve got great timing! All signs are pointing to a housing market recovery. List prices rose 10% in the first quarter of this year, and even though more homes are coming onto the market, buyers are quickly snapping them up.

The nationwide median list price was $194,900, which is up 3% from last year. But in hard-hit markets like Detroit and cities in California, prices are up more than 30%. Homes are also selling in an average of 81 days—a decrease of nearly 11% from the same time last year.

Is Your Home Sitting on the Sidelines?

If your home has been on the market for a while without much attention, you may need to rethink your sales strategy. Are you working with a real estate agent? If you are, have you chosen a high-energy, high-octane agent you can trust to get the job done?

You can spot an inferior agent pretty easily. He or she:

  • Doesn’t have the experience to give you solid advice
  • Doesn’t make communication with you a priority
  • Doesn’t execute the marketing plan for your home
  • Doesn’t treat you or potential buyers with respect
  • Doesn’t get results

The longer your home stays on the market, the less likely you are to get your full asking price. Don’t waste any more time! Address the problem with your agent—or find a new agent if you have to.

This Is Your Home. Don’t Settle for So-So

A great real estate agent is also easy to recognize. Start by looking for an agent with at least five years’ experience so you know you can rely on their advice. You also want an agent who closes at least 40 transactions per year. They’ll have the know-how to get your home sold too.

Find expert agents to help you sell your home.

The right agent will consistently go above and beyond to exceed your expectations in every aspect of the home-selling process, from pricing and marketing your home through negotiating a purchase contract and closing the deal. All that work translates into results—your home will get sold!

Ask for Help

Keep in mind, a second opinion can be a valuable resource in real estate. Ask an experienced agent in your market to tell you why they think your home hasn’t sold yet. Mostly likely, they’ll have plenty of ideas you can use to come up with a new sales plan.

If you don’t know an experienced agent, we can help you find one who has earned the recommendation of other homeowners who’ve had trouble selling their homes. See for yourself how many homes these agents have sold in your area this year.

Ramsey Solutions

About the author

Ramsey Solutions

Ramsey Solutions has been committed to helping people regain control of their money, build wealth, grow their leadership skills, and enhance their lives through personal development since 1992. Millions of people have used our financial advice through 22 books (including 12 national bestsellers) published by Ramsey Press, as well as two syndicated radio shows and 10 podcasts, which have over 17 million weekly listeners.

Related Articles

A house with different costs written on it.

How Much Does It Cost to Sell a House?

8 Minute Read | Home Selling

To crush your home-selling goals and win with money, plan ahead for selling expenses by making a budget that covers agent commissions, home improvements, closing costs and moving fees.

Ramsey Solutions  Ramsey Solutions

An outdated kitchen.

Selling a House As Is

8 Minute Read | Home Selling

To make a confident decision on whether to sell your house as is, consider what as is actually means, what the pros and cons are, and what’s involved with this type of home sale.

Ramsey Solutions  Ramsey Solutions

A women taking a poor photo of a room in her house contributing to reasons why her home isn't selling.

Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling

6 Minute Read | Home Selling

Having trouble selling your home? Don’t worry. You can get to the bottom of it! To find out what might be wrong and how to fix it, here’s a list of common reasons why a home isn’t selling.

Ramsey Solutions  Ramsey Solutions

Sell Your Biggest Investment With Less Stress

Find a Seller's Agent

Sell Your Biggest Investment With Less Stress

We know agents near you who can give you peace through the process.
Find a Seller's Agent

Sell Your Biggest Investment With Less Stress

We know agents near you who can give you peace throughout the process.
Find a Seller's Agent