Selling Your Home
Hiring A Listing Agent
It’s important to set realistic expectations when selling your home. An experienced real estate agent may be knowledgeable about market prices in your area and can offer solutions to help your home sell. A good agent is able to discern marketable features about your home and can focus on these key items. An agent may also be able to expose your home in more locations, such as in real estate magazines, online and on the multiple listing service (MLS).
Before you hire an agent, personally interview at least 3 agents. First get recommendations from friends, family and neighbors. Look on the web, in home magazines and the local newspaper. The interview is simply an opportunity for you to meet the candidate and explain your needs, it need not be formal. Agents should come prepared.
Read Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent for more information and to prepare yourself for working with an agent.
For Sale by Owner
Sometimes homeowners will opt to sell their home on their own rather than hire a real estate agent. This can represent a significant savings as a real estate agent’s sales commission can cost up to 6% of the transaction. Some sellers use this benefit as a selling incentive. Before listing your home, you may want look at your home from a stranger’s viewpoint. It might be a good idea to spend some of the money you will be saving on repairs and staging your home.
Home staging is the process of making your home more appealing to hopefully shorten the time it takes to sell. Staging focuses on improvements that give the property more appeal to buyers. Cleaning, uncluttering and fresh paint can be a good start to staging your home. Small gestures such as opening blinds to allow light in and baking fresh cookies can help a buyer to envision living in your home can also help.