6 Tips for the First-Time Home Seller


Selling a home is so much different from buying a home. There are a lot of moving pieces that first time sellers may be unaware of. Selling your home is about the bottom line - how much money are you going to make on the investment. Buying a home involves emotions, and selling a home centers on maximizing profit.

1. Pricing Your Home Correctly

Pricing your home is one of the most important factors when marketing your home to sell. Definitely enlist the help of a reputable listing agent. Don't choose someone who just “dabbles”in real estate. You'll be much better off if you select an experienced Realtor who sells a good number of listings, preferably in your area. Your Realtor should analyze comparable sales and prepare a Comparative Market Analysis estimate of value (CMA). Zestimate at Zillow is an option that many sellers consider, however there are many variances that Zillow doesn’t apply to value estimates. A good agent will point this out to you. Than listing agent you choose should have the experience to provide you with a more accurate opinion of value.

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2. Home Staging Will Boost Selling Power

One of the services I offer is to advise my clients on preparing the home for sale. Home staging and improvements will help your house appeal to more potential buyers. Painting is the actually single most effective improvement you can make. Dings in the woodwork and scraps on the walls can make your home look like it hasn’t been maintained.

3. Be Flexible With Home Showings

When selling your home, it can feel a bit intrusive to let strangers walk through your home opening bedroom closets and kitchen drawers. However, the best way to sell your home is to let the buyer view your home with the buyer's agent and tour in peace and quiet. Leave the house once the agent shows up. Buyers tend to feel uncomfortable when the homeowner is there.

4. Use Professional Photography

When you hire a me as your listing agent, I will provide professional photos for your home. Today the most successful photos are rich in color and depth, and they will entice potential buyers to want to see more. I also provide a virtual that is shown through out the internet.

5. Check Out Your Listing Online

Look at your home listing on several websites to make sure the information about your home is correct. We agents do our best to ensure accuracy, but since it is your home, you know the details better than anyone. If you see an important feature that is missing, or information that’s not accurate, contact your agent immediately and ask her to make the appropriate changes.

6. Respond Promptly to Offers

Respond as quickly as possible when you receive a purchase offer. Most offers contain a date that the offer expires. It can really upset buyers when they are forced to wait for a seller to decide whether to accept, decline or counter the offer.