What makes my home stand out?
As an agent, I believe that truly understanding a home involves more than just measurements and photos. It’s through my clients’ personal stories and experiences that I get to know the heart of a home. That’s why I always ask my sellers to share what they love about their homes, including the small details that make them special.
When I ask this question, I’m not looking for the obvious features that everyone can see, but rather the personal, intimate details that only the homeowner would know. Maybe it’s the way the light hits the room at a certain time of day, or the cozy nook where they love to read a book. Whatever it may be, these details are what make a home unique and special.
How can I market my home?
- Professional stager to get your home showing the best it possibly can.
- Professional, airy listing photos and videography.
- A data-backed listing price that entices buyers and reflects today’s conditions.
- An error-free listing description that hits the high points but isn’t over the top or misleading.
- Advertising on social media channels, YouTube, signs and on the MLS (which feeds popular real estate sites).
When is the best time to sell my house?
If you’re looking to sell your home, timing can make all the difference. Based on my experience as a realtor, I’ve found that listing in mid-March can help you sell quickly while waiting until late April can maximize your profit. And for those who want to go above and beyond, listing on a Thursday can increase your chances of success.
So, what do you need to do to get your home ready for market? Here’s a breakdown of the timeline:
First, schedule a seller to consult with a trusted realtor. This typically takes about a week.
Next, make any suggested repairs, declutter, and stage your home. This step can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks, depending on the condition of your home and the amount of work that needs to be done.
Once your home is looking its best, it’s time to meet with your realtor to set a listing price and schedule listing photos and video. This step usually takes about 1-2 weeks.
After that, it’s time to list your home on the MLS. This step can typically be done within 1-2 days.
Now comes the waiting game. On average, homes sell within 48 days after being on the market for 90 days or more.
Once you receive an offer, it’s time for the inspection and conditions. This step usually takes about 7-10 days.
Is there anything I should avoid when selling?
When you work with us as your real estate agent, we bring our extensive expertise and experience to the table, helping you to avoid common mistakes that could cost you money or delay the selling process. Some of these mistakes include underpricing your home, failing to invest in high-quality photography and videography to attract more buyers, refusing to negotiate with potential buyers, and neglecting necessary repairs that could cause delays in the closing process.
By working with us, you can rest assured that you are receiving the benefit of our knowledge and insights and that we will work tirelessly to help you achieve your real estate goals.
Do you have any tips on how to stage my home?
This is your friendly reminder that staging doesn’t have to break the bank!
6 tips for a DIY stage that will have buyers falling in love with your home:
- Get rid of furniture, accessories, and knick-knacks that crowd floors and tabletops. Go for the vacation rental feel. Enough, but not too much.
- Clean, clean, clean. While not staging per se, you can’t get away from how critical cleaning is.
- Replace family photos with neutral artwork to help buyers picture themselves in your home.
- Swap everyday bath towels with crisp white ones to make your bathrooms brighter, cleaner, and spa-like.
- Organize closets. Sellers always open closets. Surprise them with neatly arranged storage that says, “there’s space for everything!”
- Don’t overlook curb appeal. Spruce up the front door with a season wreath, lay fresh mulch, and add planters with potted seasonal flowers to the front step.
Is there anything I should know about upsizing?
Raise your hand if you know it’s time to upsize your house!
You’ve done all the decluttering and rearranging you can do, your kids and your dreams need space to grow, and you’re feeling the squeeze in your home and in your spirit ALL.DAY.LONG.
But then, the naysayers swoop in, gabbing about rising interest rates, soaring home prices, and bad timing.
Here’s the gentle truth: Only you know what’s right for you and when it’s right for you.
That said, listen to your gut and, at the very least, get the information you need to make a decision based on facts, not on fear.
What should I do to prepare for each showing?
It’s crucial to create a comfortable atmosphere for potential buyers during showings. One effective way to do this is to vacate the property before their arrival. This not only makes them feel more at ease but also allows them to explore the space without distractions.
Another important aspect of preparing for showings is ensuring that the house is clean, well-ventilated, and well-lit. All lights should be switched on, and curtains should be drawn to allow maximum natural light into each room. If you have pets, it’s recommended to remove their toys, beds, and food dishes to create a more neutral environment. By following these steps, you can help to create an inviting and welcoming space that will make a great impression on potential buyers.
Should I Be Present During Showings to Answer Questions?
It’s not recommended for sellers to be present during a showing to answer questions. The ideal scenario is for the Buyer’s Agent and Buyer to have a private showing without anyone else present. This allows them to visualize themselves living in the home without any distractions.
Furthermore, there’s always a risk of inadvertently saying something during a showing that could negatively impact negotiations or lead to legal issues. It’s always best to let your real estate advisor handle all communications and inquiries from potential buyers. If the buyer has any questions, they can be directed to your agent who will handle them professionally.
How Long Is a Typical Closing Period?
The closing period starts when the final Subject Condition is fulfilled and ends when the new owners pay for the title to the property. In simple terms, it is the time between the sold sign going up and the new owners moving in. There is no set time frame for the closing period, as it is negotiable and depends on the situation of all parties involved.
Typically, the closing period ranges from two weeks to several months, with four to eight weeks being the most common based on our experience.
How Do We Deal With Low Ball Offers?
The approach to handling lowball offers may vary depending on your location, current market conditions, and personal strategy. It is crucial to seek advice from your real estate agent to determine the best course of action. You have three options: accept, decline, or counteroffer.
It is important to remain professional and avoid emotional reactions. As a recommendation, countering with an equally aggressive offer close to the listing price shows a willingness to negotiate without accepting lowball offers.