Q: How do I choose an agent?
A: Look for an agent who has the resources, time, and knowledge to market your home efficiently. Your agent should have a comprehensive plan to market your home and a strong web presence, which is where most buyers turn when searching for their new home. You’ll want someone with strong experience in the local market. Most importantly, be sure you get along with your agent.
Q: How do I decide on a listing price?
A: Once your agent has viewed your home, they will discuss the current real estate market trends and what recent sales are comparable to your own property. Keep in mind, comparable homes are the homes that have sold, not what’s listed on the market or contingent.
You should also consider the time frame you want the home sold when deciding on a price. If you’re not in a hurry to sell, you can price your property slightly higher than the current comparable homes. If you do need to sell quickly you will want to price it competitively.
Q: How long will it take to sell my home?
A: I wish I had a crystal ball to answer this question. If your home is priced competitively, you should be able to sell in a couple of months. There are many factors can influence how long your home is on the market: location, age, style and condition, school district, and inventory. It’s important to remember that if your home is priced right, it will sell.
Q: What should be done to prepare my home for sale?
A: The look and feel of a house creates an emotional response, so your home should be at its best. First and foremost make sure it is CLEAN and be sure it’s free of clutter. It’s also a good idea to pack away most family photos, you want your home to be as neutral as possible. It’s more difficult for buyers to picture themselves and their belongings in the home if it’s cluttered. Plenty of warm light is a must and open shutters or drapes for showings and open houses. Make sure any minor repairs a prospective buyer might notice are taken care of prior to showings.