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Buying and selling a home can be a major cause of stress. In addition to proper packing and moving, several important steps can help to ensure a smooth transaction and minimize the stress associated with moving.
To optimize your house for today's market your home must be:
* Competitively priced
* In good condition, with maximum appeal
* Marketed to the widest number of potential buyers
It all starts with a detailed market evaluation, so you have a good idea of price range. In setting the list price for your home, you should be aware of a buyer's frame of mind. Based on a list of houses for sale in your, buyers will determine which houses they want to view. Consider if you set the price too high, your house won't be picked for viewing, even though it may be much nicer than others in the area. You may have told your REALTOR to "Bring me any offer. Frankly, I'd take less." But in that list of houses, yours simply looks too expensive to be considered. If you price too low, you'll short-change yourself. Your house will sell promptly, yes, but before it has time to find the buyer who would have paid more. What's important to remember is that the market always sets the price, and your Realtor® needs to analyze the current sales and market data and show you what you may realistically expect. You may not like the number, but it doesn't change it. If you want to sell your home at that point in time, this is what you should be expecting. Don't price significantly over the number your Realtor® suggested, there's simply no point in doing so, if your expectations are in line with the market and you price accordingly, your home will sell.
Because condition and emotional appeal are so important to the marketability and the value of your home, a good Agent will provide you with some excellent tips and techniques to help you prepare your home for sale. This will enable you to capture the interest of more buyers and help you obtain top dollar. The best Agents will prepare a specific list of suggested improvements for you; including estimates of what it will cost and the value these improvements will add to the sales price of your home.
When you are ready to sell, it's critical that your home be well presented to the widest possible audience and this means effectively using the Internet. It's not just enough to list it in the local MLS and have it picked up by Realtor.com you want professional pictures and lots of them, you want to be featured on every single major Internet real estate site. Don't worry as much about print advertising, with 20 years of experience behind me I can tell you it's ineffective, cost prohibitive and honestly it simply doesn't work. 90+ percent of all Buyers start on the Internet and you want to be certain your Agent has mastered the art of Internet marketing. Ask them for traffic stats on their websites and on their listings, they should be able to provide these to you easily.
The first thing to do is make sure that many buyers have access to your home. I have found that craigslist is an excellent source for buyers. Put as many pictures on the internet as you can. Finally, be able to show the house whenever someone wants to see it. Of course, the best way is to list it with a Realtor. This way you have every Realtor in your area looking to sell your house for you. When you do it by yourself, you have drasticlly limited your number of potential buyers. I hope that these tips help.Mark Hess
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