How to sell your home for top dollar in any market.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Home sellers always want to sell their home for highest price possible and home buyers want to buy the same house for lowest price possible.

If this really happens one person wins and the other person loses. However in an ideal world it should be a win win situation. Home buyers should walk away from the closing with a feeling that they have a good deal and their agent helped them negotiate a good price. The home seller should feel that their agent adviced them well and they got the highest possible price based on supply and demand and the housing market at the time of the sale.

If you are thinking of selling your home in 2017 these are some of the things you should do inorder to sell your home for top dollar.

1. Interview  a few agents and choose an agent who will market your home well and negotiate for you. You need a good negotiator.You do not want an agent who will just list it in the mls, put up the sign and hope the house  will sell.Ask the agents what they will do to market your home.

2.Before listing your house take care of maintenance items and repairs. It is always better to repair things before listing your house. If a buyer makes an offer on your house and the home inspector points out things during the inspection the buyer may request for credit that may be more than what i would have cost you to repair the itms  or the buyer may just back out of the deal. The buyer may not offer a good price initially to purchase the house and then after the inspection may ask for more credit fo repairs.

3.Have your house professionally cleaned and then keep it just as clean throughout the listing period.

4.Neutral decor is important. Paint the house in neutral colors throughout.

5. If possible hire a stager . You may need to rent  storage space for some furniture and clothes. The rooms should not seem to be too crowded. The closets should not appear to have no space . Staged homes sell faster.

6.The house  should be easy to show on short notice. You should allow the  agent to instal a lockbox. Our supra lockboxes alert us when someone accesses the lockbox. 

7.If you have pets you should either take them with you during the showing or make some arrangements so that a barking dog will not scare away the buyers. I have had many buyers who woud not go into the house even when told it is a friendly dog.

8.Curb appeal is very important.Buyers sometimes drive by the house before requesting us for an appointment.

9.The house should smell clean. Do not use air freshners to mask odors. People are scared by musty odors and odors of certain foods . You agent will advice you . 

10. Price it right the first time. Do not tell the agent that you can always reduce the price. and that you want to test the market. Most showings occur during the first few weeks. If the house has been on the market for some time buyers may wonder why it has not sold yet. When agents make appointments they make them based on buyers price range and you may lose many buyers who would have qualified to see your house. It is better to have multiple offers and gt to choose the best offer rather than wait for an offer to come in. If priced right there is a good chance you will receive multiple offers.

If you live in Bucks or Montgomery counties and would like a free market analysis of your home call me : Gita Bantwal at Re/Max Centre Realtors 215-275-8491 direct or 215-343-8200x124 .

I am a Certified Residential Specialist and hold CRS designation.

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com

 

She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email gita01@aol.com

If you would like a FREE MARKET EVALUATION OF YOUR HOME IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS or MONTGOMERY COUNTY call me at 2152758491

 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.

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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Gita, those are all excellent suggestions for sellers and will certainly assist with selling any home. . 

Dec 20, 2016 02:17 PM #11
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Gita Bantwal
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Robert, thanks for reading.

Dec 20, 2016 03:43 PM #12
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Evelyn Johnston
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All great advice Gita Bantwal , home owners who want to sell their home should pay attention to your advice!

Dec 20, 2016 03:47 PM #13
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This is good advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Dec 20, 2016 05:19 PM #14
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Have it market ready and price it right the first time will get it sold. Guanrateed. Nice post, Gita.

Dec 22, 2016 07:13 AM #15
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These are all great tips! Gita is the one to call for all your Real Estate needs!

Dec 22, 2016 07:56 PM #16
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Brian Rugg
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Gita Bantwal

Great advice in any market.  Thanks for posting and making available to your current and future clients.

Dec 27, 2016 01:12 PM #17
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Evelyn, thank you.

Dec 27, 2016 01:15 PM #18
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Roy, I hope they will read it.

Dec 27, 2016 01:15 PM #19
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Debbie, thank you.

Dec 27, 2016 01:15 PM #20
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Patricia I hope they will call me.

Dec 27, 2016 01:16 PM #21
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Brian, thank you.

Dec 27, 2016 01:16 PM #22
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Sharon Tara
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Excellent advice for preparing a home to sell. I especially like #5. 

Dec 28, 2016 07:15 AM #23
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Sharon, I home home sellers in Portsmouth will call you.

Dec 28, 2016 08:23 AM #24
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Excellent advice Gita. There is so much more to the buying and selling process than some people think.

Dec 29, 2016 01:47 PM #25
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Noah, thanks for the comment.

Dec 29, 2016 02:18 PM #26
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Ellie Penaranda
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Great suggestions.  From my experience they bring the best results for our seller clients.  All the best for 2017!

Dec 30, 2016 08:16 AM #27
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Ellie, thank you

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Nice post, Gita Bantwal - price it right, be prepared for the market and you'll be successful every time!

Jan 01, 2017 08:14 AM #29
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Debe, I agree.

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