The Real Estate Minute: Getting Your Home Sold

By: Gary Bartlett
By: Gary Bartlett

Take a drive around your neighborhood and you will likely see lots of for sale signs. If there are a number of homes similar to yours on the market, consider them your competition. What can you do to set your home apart and make it desirable for a majority of potential buyers?

Getting your home sold

Price it Right.

The most important thing you can do is price it right to begin with.
Statistics show that an overpriced home takes longer to sell and often sells in the end for less than market value.

Get Multiple Broker Opinions

Each home is unique and a lot of thought needs to be put into pricing it right. To get a good price for your home, have a qualified real estate professional evaluate its true market value. A good broker or agent will also help qualify buyers and negotiate a good price on your behalf.

Educated Buyers

Buyers these days are very knowledgeable because they have lots of information available about comparable homes. When qualified buyers see a desirable home at a fair price, they usually make an offer close to the asking price.

Beyond that, don't overlook the obvious factors: keep the house and yard clean, fix minor problems, emphasize your home's best features. Be careful about listing your home with a real estate agency that cannot justify a price with true market comparables.

We all want to get as much as we can for our property, but the reality is that some brokers will tell you what you want to hear, but not what you need to know.


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