Get a Great Agent - Oddly enough, I happen to know one, so can help you with this step. Call me for the inside scoop! However, if you DO want to shop around, keep in mind that you need a real estate agent who is highly informed and active if you truly want to sell your home.
Marketing is not just done with signs, classified advertising and open houses anymore. In this age of technology you need someone well-versed in social media, listing syndication, and internet marketing. Combine technical details with an informed, experienced and reputable agent, and you are sure to have a winning combination.
You already know about our website, but do you realize how easily it allows a property to be viewed and toured? That’s a huge bonus for home sellers! Do your research and ASK why you should choose to be represented by the agent you interview – and make sure you like the answer.
Know Your Pricing & Price to Sell - Your real estate agent should be able to advise you on this, but if you are in a hurry, don’t be afraid to price competitively. Listing at the 'sweet spot' price could get more offers in record time and actually increase your sale price to what you would have originally hoped to list at. You’ll also waste less time having to negotiate counter offers from buyers who hope to talk you down. Also, when considering offers, remember to take the one most likely to lead to a recorded sale (your real estate agent should advise you on this, as well).
Curb Appeal - Make your home beautiful on the outside and on the inside. It is much easier to sell a home quickly if it looks well-maintained and CLEAN. Do not scrimp on gardening or pool maintenance at this time. Your home for sale needs to be in tip-top shape!
Staging & Home Prep - Do not overlook the importance of this valuable step. Professional staging and making a few minor cosmetic updates gives your home a lasting and powerful first impression with buyers and their agents. Proper staging will add an inviting and exciting energy to your listing.
Preparing a home to obtain the highest possible price takes some planning so contact your Real Estate agent ahead of time, and you will be glad you did. So if 2016 may be the year you sell your home, an upgrade, downsize, or lateral move this year is a great time to take you to the next chapter in your life!