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Home Sellers Tips

  1. How do you know how much to sell your home for? Placing the right price on your property is very important. An overpriced home will not attract buyer's for obvious reasons, but an under priced property isn't good for the seller either. Here are a couple tips to help you determine the appropriate price to ask for your house.
    1. Ask your real estate agent about a competitive market analysis. A CMA looks at similar properties that were recently on the market to determine the market value of the house.
    2. Have the property appraised to help determine value. If you have an old appraisal, get a new one. 
  2. What kind of repairs and remodels would help your house sell? Try not to spend a lot of money on a major remodel. However, there are certain things that must be fixed. It is also a wise investment to do minor repairs to make the house seem fresh and new.
    1. Make sure there are no leaks in the roof or any of the plumbing and repair any stains.
    2. Consider putting a fresh coat of paint on the ceilings, walls, and trim.
    3. Have the carpet cleaned or install new neutral colored carpet.
    4. Fix any minor repairs to the doors and windows.
    5. Make sure your house has good curb appeal. Go outside and look at it from the road. Does it need another coat of paint? Could it use some landscaping?
    6. Keep the lawn manicured and make sure the front door looks nice. 
  3. How do you find the right agent to list your property? Check around town and talk to some of the local agents in the area. Compare your options and then make a decision. Here are some tips to help you select an agent.
    1. Don't hire the agent with the lowest commission or the agent that offers to list the highest asking price. Look somewhere in the middle.
    2. Ask about their experience. How many years have they lived in the area? How long have they been involved in real estate? However, be careful not to fully discount an agent that may be new or young. That does not mean they are a bad choice. In fact, they may be more eager to make the sale and go the extra mile than someone who has sold hundreds of homes.
    3. Ask a potential agent about their educational skills. What degrees and certifications do they have?
    4. Choose an agent that communicates well. You want someone who is intelligent and can help you negotiate with potential buyers.
    5. You want someone who networks. Make sure they advertise your property to other agents. 
  4. How will an agent sell my property? Each agent has their own way of advertising. Ask your agent about their advertising methods.
    1. Where will they advertise and for how long? Good advertising is the key to selling your home.
    2. Ask about multiple listing services. The MLS exposes your property to all the area agents and buyers.
    3. Ask about internet advertising. Does the agent have a website where they list properties for sale?
    4. Do they advertise in any local real estate books?
    5. Do they advertise in any local papers?
  5. What can you do to ensure that your house sells? There are a number of small, minor things you can do to help your house sell both before and during the time your house is on the market.
    1. First, get as many personal items moved out of the house as possible. This gets rid of clutter and makes the rooms appear to be open and spacious.
    2. Clean out everything, including closets, cabinets, and storage areas. Potential buyers typically go through the house opening doors and cabinets to see how much space is inside. You don't want it to be crammed full of stuff because it makes it appear to be less spacious.
    3. Try to open the house up to showing as much as possible.
    4. Take out the trash to prevent any unpleasant odors from putting off any buyers.
    5. Don't use strong air fresheners. It may offend some buyers with sensitive noses or allergies.
    6. Keep pet outdoors. If you have a littler box, make sure its cleaned out.
    7. Turn all the lights on and open up all the shades so the house seems bright and open.
    8. Don't hover around when an agent is showing the house to a potential buyer. It is best to leave altogether so that the potential buyer is comfortable to go through and explore the house.


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