Why is My Home Not Selling

Real Estate Agent with Real Living HER

Other than the fact we are in a difficult market here in the Columbus area as with much of the country there often are other factors that can  prevent homes from selling.  Believe it or not there are a couple of quick and easy fixes that can be done to enhance your homes sellability. 

Often times when folks think of selling they may do a little research online and determine that it is cheaper to go it alone and make the decision to stick a sign in the yard and post their home on a few sites.  They fail to fully understand that in this market it is often imperative to partner with a professional who can help you with the right help to help sell your home.  A couple of easy fixes include:

Spruce Up

Spruce up and keep it neat and clean are the first tips most agents will share with you. Noting will derail a real estate transaction quicker than a messy unkempt home.  It can be difficult and inconvenient to live in a property and sell at the same time, especially when there are children involved.  However, dollar for dollar nothing you can do will compare to the return that a little elbow grease and extra effort do for your bottom line.  There are tips that you can use that will help you to learn ways to clean your home quickly for those unexpected times that you will get the call to show your home in 30 minutes or less.

Good Images are Key

Newspapers and print materials used to be the primary place folks went when they wanted to began their home search.  Cost and space limitation generally limit newspaper and magazines listings to one photo.  The photo is usually small and may not highlight some of the best features of the home. 

Today most folks began that search online.  A full 80% of today's buyers start their online.  Research shows that the average buyers expect to see an abundance of online images.  The more the better and virtual tours are a plus.  There are lots of tips to help you if you aren't experienced at getting good room images that can highlight your home's assets but if necessary work with your agent to bring in a professional that can capture your home in a way that will enhance its marketability.  Basically, it is imperative that for your home to get maximum exposure, to the greatest number of buyers, your home needs to be online in as many places as possible.

In this market there are lots of potholes in the sales process.  You need to partner with a Realtor® who can help you maneuver around the potholes and assist you through a smooth transaction from start to finish.  Call me at 614-273-6406 or email me at Vanessa.simmons@realliving.com.


Help to help sell your home:  http://www.statefarm.com/learning/life_stages/learning_lifestages_sellinghome.asp

Ways to clean your home fast:  http://www.ehow.com/how_2312344_clean-house-faster.html

Room Images: http://www.ehow.com/how_4516889_take-photos-house-sale.html



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Mark Brian
Silver Star Real Estate LLC - Anderson, SC
Anderson SC Realtor

Excellent advice Vanessa. With the highly competitive housing market, it is important that sellers work with a professional such as you to learn how to make their home more attractive to the potential buyers.

Apr 09, 2009 03:23 AM #1
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Good advice and I like the links you offer!

May 03, 2009 08:17 AM #2
Heather Cook
Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design Inc. - Kitchener, ON
Quality Home Staging

Vanessa -

Great tips! We always stress to our clients that nothing shows worse than unclean house.

In addition, we always stress when we do presentations for clients or for large groups that over 90% of buyers shop online first (check out my speed dating blog post) and that most buyers will spend more money on a home which is turn key. Home staging is a great way to bridge the gap between a clean house and a polished home which has buyers drooling.

By partnering with a professional home stager who can advise clients on everything from curb appeal to upgrades/renovations which will add value and equity to the final polish of merchandising/staging, realtors will benefit by having their listings look like model homes. The benefits of this partnership are far reaching and encompass the realtor, the seller, the buyer and the stagers.


Jun 13, 2009 01:15 PM #3
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