Selling a house is hard work. It’s much more than putting a sign in the front and having a good realtor. Even a great realtor can’t sell a home if you refuse to be realistic about the list price. It is human nature for a seller to think their home is more than it is worth, or, knowingly overprice it just to ‘see what happens.’ Other times, the seller must come to terms with the fact that their home is no longer worth what they paid for it, whether it be the neighborhood turned, or the market just happens to be cold.
If the seller does not list the home correctly, it will sit on the market for a long time. This makes the home less desirable to other buyers because they wonder what is wrong with the house; or, they assume no one else wants it, so why should they? It is a known fact that homes get the most activity right after the listing is posted; after the first month, buyers interests go down.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to list your house for $200. You may take a hit, but better to take a small hit and get your home sold rather than not selling at all. However, if you don’t need it sold right now, the smart move might be to make the necessary repairs, and wait until the market comes back. Don’t go behind your realtors back, but you can ask others, or another realtor (perhaps a friend or family member who has a license) what they think your home is worth. Be sure that all of your photos are of top-notch quality, as excellent photos are a major component as to whether or not your home will sell.
Without a doubt, your house should be listed on the mainstream real estate websites, as homebuyers look to the internet before any other method, when they search for a home. Then, they bring the findings to the realtor a
nd he or she schedules a showing.
While your home is on the market, you should live as if your home could be shown at any second, which it could. Be sure that it looks presentable each day. When you go to sleep, be sure to clean up that way it is ready for the morning. You don’t want to reschedule, as they will already be back at home looking up new houses while they wait for you, and could find something that they like better that day that they wouldn’t have considered if they had seen your home and really liked it.
Be sure that you complete any necessary minor touchups or repairs. Time and time again, it is said that rooms should be painted in a light color in order to sell the home. This stands true.
While the selling process is stressful, before you begin, be sure that you have a realistic mindset. Your home will likely not sell a week after it is listed. While this is possible, it is not the norm. Some buyers back out and the sale falls through, sometimes a buyer comes to view several times and gets your hopes up. Lots of things can disappoint you and doubt if you will ever sell your home. Just do your part to get your house ready, and you’re one step closer to selling it.