Zillow Advice: Selling Process - Desperate to sell http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Hi Crystal,&nbsp;Your home ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ Hi Crystal,&nbsp;<br/><br/>Your home looks really nice. &nbsp;I have read all the comments, and yes a professional stager and photographer might help, but I am going to give you my advise. &nbsp;<br/><br/>My first priority is to help you make the home look as clean and uncluttered as possible. &nbsp;Although it's your home, you want to make potential buyer feel like it could be their home, you want them to see themselves living there. &nbsp;I recommend packing personal photos or memories from that house. &nbsp;Buyers often tend to see you in a house, and not themselves when they look at excessive photos of you and your family, or markings of kids heights on the cabinets, etc. &nbsp;To leave a couple photos out is ok, but not too much. &nbsp;Since you have looked and found another home,ask yourself what that home looked like, and why do you like it? &nbsp;Maybe that will help you with you current home.&nbsp;<br/><br/>Second, pack extra items that make the house look too small. &nbsp;You want buyers to feel like your home is spacious and open with lots of light. Clear off bathroom counters, kitchen counters etc. &nbsp;<br/><br/>Next, I feel that I have to "sell" the house to buyers agents so the agents actually bring their buyers in and "sell" it to them. &nbsp;I usually do Broker's Open Houses where I serve food and drinks, and depending on the location (if it's far away I'm gonna want to spend a little more) I'll add a cash drawing for the agents. &nbsp;I know it seems cliche, l but it actually works. &nbsp;If I can get the agents in to look at the home, chances are they will bring their buyers to look at your home. &nbsp;<br/><br/>If I have a client that we have done all of this, and we are not getting any showings, I usually talk with them about the price. &nbsp;Usually no showings mean the price is too high. &nbsp;You should ask your agent about lowing the price, even though you already have reduced it, looks like you might have to go a little lower. &nbsp;<br/><br/>I also recommend asking your agent to call the buyers agents for feedback. I also do this with the Broker's Open House. &nbsp;What are buyers saying about your home? &nbsp;Is the price ok? &nbsp;Or something else? &nbsp;Can you fix/change it to make it more appealing?<br/><br/>I hope this helps, good luck and best wishes.&nbsp; Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-09T19:51:00Z All above are wonderful advises...There ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ All above are wonderful advises...<br/>There are so much more your agent could do for you but he/she needs to go out there and do it, that is the true value you are paying for your agent to list and have the home sold for you...such as<br/>knock on neighborhood doors and invite them to open houses<br/>marketing flyers to neighborhood community<br/>print ads on local newspaper, magazine<br/>networking/local agent contacts/broker preview<br/>all of these are marketing to increase exposure of your home.&nbsp; Check with your agent of his/her marketing strategy and ask what is your realtor do besides list it on MLS...&nbsp; If you need a local expert advise, I also know someone there who can help.&nbsp; I would love to refer in case you need.&nbsp; Good luck and hope it sells!<br/> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-09T06:51:00Z I agree with Karen Eubank's ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ I agree with Karen Eubank's comments. The REALTOR should have hired a professional photographer for the pictures. Your home's first showing is on the internet that means the pictures are crucial. &nbsp;I'm not sure what your budget is, but if you could afford to spend a little on some staging maybe a few hours of redesign work, I think it would go a long way to help set the tone for the new pictures that you DEFINITELY need to get done. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 04:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-09T04:34:00Z ALWAYS use a professional ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ ALWAYS use a professional photographer. Pay for it yourself. &nbsp; Wed, 09 Oct 2013 03:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-09T03:56:00Z A week has passed, and your&nbsp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ A week has passed, and your&nbsp; agent still has lousy out of focus, low resolution pictures taken from poor angles.&nbsp; When is this going to change?&nbsp;&nbsp; I could do better with my cell phone, but an agent needs either a good camera (with some photo skills) or a professional photographer for home photos.<br/> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 03:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-09T03:45:00Z Your home is neat and tidy ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ Your home is neat and tidy but it would benefit from professional staging and photography. Remember most people will be looking at your home on an iPhone. People "shop" on mobile devices these days so those photos better impress them. The red walls are distinctive and won't necessarily appeal to everyone. I notice you have what appears to be a child's chair by the fireplace. That can cause confusion as it seems out of place in a living space. Always take down the bed barricades on kiddo's beds for the photographs. Each room must have a defined purpose. I'm not sure what I'm seeing in the room with the plants. Is this a bedroom? A sun room? Every photo should evoke immediate recognition as to the purpose of the room and each photo should claim the viewer's attention. Marketing is more than putting a sign in the yard. Listing agents should provide you with a detailed marketing plan. Best of luck! Wed, 09 Oct 2013 03:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-09T03:38:00Z If the owner said no I would ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ If the owner said no I would not pursue an offer.&nbsp; You might aggravate them.&nbsp; Not many sellers want to take their home on the market while they wait for someone else to find a buyer.&nbsp; If you were under contract I'd consider going back. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-02T00:20:00Z Thank you all for your ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ Thank you all for your help Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-01T20:09:00Z Having a sign is always very ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ Having a sign is always very important, and flyers available for drive-by activity. Having it in the mls is huge, but do be sure to check that your agent's mls feeds to Zillow, realtor.com, trulia, and other major real estate sites that buyers search. Open houses typically just bring in the nosey neighbors. If after all of that work, you still have nothing, and the home shows well, the only thing you can do is adjust the price. You do have a battle with your location. You may want to promote your home to nearby larger companies that may have employees relocating to the area that would appreciate the easy highway access. I hope this helps. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-01T18:39:00Z Hi Crystal,Since you can't ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ Hi Crystal,<br/><br/>Since you can't change your location, you have to price aggressively.&nbsp; In other words, your house can't be the same price as similar models in better locations.... unless your house has new everything and those other ones don't.&nbsp; I agree that today the internet and MLS will sell your house much faster than magazines, open houses, and even brochures.&nbsp; You need as many pictures as possible and you need to be listed on your MLS, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin.&nbsp; <br/><br/>Since you have a house you want to purchase, you might need to go lower to hopefully gather some interest in your property.<br/><br/>Good luck! Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Desperate-to-sell/513692/ 2013-10-01T18:35:00Z