A few months ago, I had written an article entitled, “Six Mistakes When Choosing a Real Estate Agent.” This month’s article will be an extension of that subject with two crucial considerations.
Consider the following BEFORE you list your home:
- Is this the right time of year to list your home? Our real estate market is most active during the spring and summer; however, because it is September, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t list your home. There are still buyers who are relocating and buyers who still want to be in a house by the end of the year. If you are ready to list, be sure your home is in “show-ready” condition which means free of clutter, all repairs completed, and fresh neutral paint colors. Arrange your home to appear as close as possible to a model home.
- Who should you hire to represent you? Choosing the right agent is paramount to receiving the best price for your home. One common occurrence in our industry is agents influencing sellers with words they want to hear to secure their listing. Then months pass with their home still on the market. That’s when the seller hears from the agent that their home is priced too high. Don’t fall prey to this approach! It is human nature to be easily tempted by more money. The agent who knows your market will be straightforward and realistic about pricing. Sold comparable properties will be used to determine your listing price and there will be an effective marketing plan in place that will save you time, frustration, and most importantly – money!
If you are considering listing your home, consider the time of year, having your home in “show-ready” condition and listing with an agent who will give you the straight facts along with an effective marketing plan. In the end, you will be a much happier seller.