Everyone wants to sell their home fast but in a stagnant or declining housing market many people think there is just no way to sell your home quickly. But, is there? Homes are being bought and sold every day. Yes, many homes stay on the market for months before they are sold but if homes are being sold in your area, you may be able to move your home to the front of the line with a few tips.
Shop for a real estate agent just as you would shop for any major purchase. If the price an agent tells you that you can get from your home seems high, it probably is. It may be attractive to go with the agent that promises you high good selling price but ask yourself if it realistically reflects the market. Over pricing is one of the major reasons homes take a long time to sell.
Your agent needs to be enthusiastic. If she feels that you just can’t sell your home fast in the current market, find one who thinks she can sell it and will tell you exactly what needs to be done to do this.
Take an honest look at your home. Pretend you are the buyer rather than the seller. Does your home really have curb appeal or have you just grown used to it? Are there items that obviously need repair? Is that bedroom still decorated in that shocking theme your teenager wanted – even thought she is long gone? Is the landscaping pleasing? Are the windows and window coverings clean and modern? Are there chips or rust stains in the kitchen or bathroom porcelain? Many times it is the little things that turn a looker into a buyer or just turn them away. Ask your agent for an honest opinion of what else you can do to make sure you can sell your home fast. And then swallow your pride and take her advice – that is what you are paying for.