Curb appeal is the first thing that potential buyers see when they come to view your home, so it’s important to make sure it’s as attractive as possible. The way you present your house on the outside can be just as effective as the inside, so there are plenty of tips and tricks out there to help you get your house looking its absolute best for potential buyers. Here are some of our favorites!
Selling your home in 2017
The average home sales price is at an all-time low, which means your property has more buyers than ever before. However, some houses are sitting on the market longer than they should, because homeowners don’t know how to make their house stand out from others on their block or in their community. Here are five tips for selling your home fast: 1) When pricing your home, aim higher and ask for offers. If you have comparable homes in your neighborhood selling for $100K above asking price, it’s time to take a risk and make yours a little nicer when setting your list price. 2) Make sure your home has curb appeal.
Why it’s hard to sell a home in 2018
There are fewer buyers in the market, making it harder for sellers to find a buyer at or above their list price. It’s an all-time low in home sales, says Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. On top of that, homes take longer to sell today than they did at any point during last decade’s housing bubble. And homes are also sitting on the market much longer than usual—79 days on average—according to a recent report from ATTOM Data Solutions. Meanwhile, prices keep dropping month after month (for now). It all adds up to a situation where there aren’t enough interested buyers out there willing and able to buy your home at your asking price. So how do you get it done?
3 things you should NOT do
1. Don’t clean before you have an offer. Cleaning makes your home look nicer, but it also shows buyers that you’re desperate for a sale. You can leave some things out and make it seem like you’ve got a full house of belongings, but avoid deep cleaning if possible (such as washing windows or scrubbing floors). 2. Don’t overprice your home and then cut when someone comes knocking. This tactic often backfires because you seem desperate, which is exactly what you are! 3. Don’t try to sell on your own with no realtor experience, even if they charge little more than 5% of your sale price in commission fees.
What you can do if you need help selling fast
If you’re thinking of selling your home, but have concerns about finding a buyer who will pay top dollar for your property and actually follow through on their offer, it may be time to call in a professional. This is especially true if you feel pressured by outside factors, such as a looming foreclosure or having just inherited property. In most cases, selling with help from a real estate agent results in quicker sales at higher prices than if you sell yourself. If you’re thinking of hiring someone, here are five tips that can make sure you get someone who’s capable and comfortable working with clients in difficult situations—someone who’ll get your home sold fast and at an agreeable price.
5 reasons why you should consider hiring a real estate agent
It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s more likely you’ll sell your home quickly if you hire a real estate agent. Here are five reasons why. If nothing else, understand that these are complicated transactions and selling your own home is one of those things where doing it yourself is almost always harder than handing it off to someone who does it for a living every day. In most cases, there is no fee for hiring an agent as compensation comes from sellers who receive an agreed-upon percentage of each sale.
A few tips on making it easier for buyers to visualize themselves living in your home
1. Clean as you go – This goes without saying, but many sellers overlook it. By keeping clutter to a minimum, you’re helping your buyer picture themselves in your home and making it easier for them to visualize living there. 2. Remove clothing from hangers – The smell of worn clothing can have an adverse effect on sales—removing those clothes from their hangers makes it more likely that buyers will picture their own clothing hanging there instead. 3. Add lighting – Though they’re not always listed in a home’s features, proper lighting is key to showing off any home.
Don’t sweat, there’s still time left in 2018! (Hint – there isn’t)
Now, perhaps you’re wondering, Hey Amy, if homes are at an all-time low in terms of prices and sales, why should I list my home right now? The answer is quite simple—because there’s still time left in 2018. (Hint – there isn’t.) There will be a few ups and downs between now and spring 2019 when we get back into full swing for another season. Last year we had some crazy ups and downs which even culminated in a February that saw homes gain $200+ per day on average. So if you have your heart set on selling before spring 2019, why not take advantage of our slowing market before it starts heating up again?
The Final Word
Homes have always sold for their asking price, right? Well, not exactly. Real estate is a business, and everyone in that business is just trying to make money. There’s nothing wrong with that—it’s actually a good thing—but it can still be frustrating when you’re trying to sell your home as quickly as possible and you don’t feel like anyone is listening. Try looking at things from another perspective: Think of any service you pay for (for example, an appliance repair). How much would you be willing to pay if there was no fee? If everything costs something and service fees are completely transparent, it makes sense that property sellers should expect the same thing from buyers.