Is it REALLY a Good Time to List my HOME? ~ ABSOLUTLEY! ~ I'll Tell You Why.

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Real Estate Agent with LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc DRE 01235311

Q: How do I know when it's a good time to list my home?

A:  WHEN you NEED/WANT to SELL.

Regardless what your reasons are for "needing" or "wanting" to sell your home (job change, relocation, empty-nester, scaling down, need more room) this IS a PERFECT TIME to LIST because:

  • YOU want/need BUYERS, and BUYERS are out LOOKING NOW. 
  • INTEREST RATES are at an  ALL TIME LOW, thus giving buyers more reason to BUY.
  • There are some wonderful "LOAN" packages out there for all types of buyers.
  • FIRST -TIME BUYERS may apply for a $8000 TAX CREDIT. So FIRST-TIMERS are LOOKING to BUY
  • FIRST-TIME BUYERS do NOT have a home to sell!(this excellent tip was suggested by our AR friend, (Joan Whitebook.) Thanks, Joan!
  • INVENTORY is DOWN (this gives you a slight advantage as apposed to having loads of listings on the market in YOUR area.
  • In my local, RESORT AREA, this is one of our PEAK times for listing/selling. Tourists are coming up for vacation and spring break and they start thinking, "I've love to have a place of my own!"
  • SPRING is one of our BEST times to LIST a home: flowers are blooming, trees are budding and everything looks and feels "alive."

MUST-DO'S BEFORE LISTING:

  • Have a REALTOR do a current Market Analysis of your home and, PRICE IT RIGHT. This is NOT a market to try and "test" the waters.  Buyers are PURCHASE SMART.
  • PREPARE YOUR HOME. Clean it up. Make it sparkle!
  • CALL A STAGERif your don't have that "knack" for sprucing up and making it picture perfect. My favorite local, professional Home-Stager is, Michelle Pimentel, EMPIRE STAGING.
  • PLEASE LEAVE THE HOUSE when a REALTOR is coming to show it. Buyers WILL stay longer and are not as apt to hurry through.  You WANT them to linger...

Things to remember when listing:  Your home is only worth what a qualified buyer is willing to pay for it in this, or any, market.

CALL ME TODAY FOR A FREE MARKET ANALYSIS ~ You'll get the TRUTH and Get it SOLD.

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Kat DeLong
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Call me to list your home.

 LAKE ARROWHEAD, CALIFORNIA  

Mar 27, 2009 03:53 AM #1
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Sharon Paxson
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Kat - I love your new background, gets me in the mood for summer. This is an excellent post, and you are SO right about pricing it right, and now is not the time to test the waters.

Mar 27, 2009 04:08 AM #2
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On my way up....hope the weather's good.

Mar 27, 2009 04:11 AM #3
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Sharon:  Thank you so much!!!

Karen: I'll be in the office all day... stop by if you have time!

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Mar 27, 2009 04:14 AM #4
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Wonderful tips...to guide both seller and buyer :)

Mar 27, 2009 05:03 AM #5
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Joan Whitebook
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I think you did a great job of pointing out the reasons to list now.  Another point is that "first time" homebuyers have nothing to sell!  Another plus for sure.

Mar 27, 2009 05:08 AM #6
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Woo-Hoo: Thanks so much!!!

Joan:  THAT is an excellent POINT! Thank you for reminding us.

 LAKE ARROWHEAD, CALIFORNIA 

Mar 27, 2009 05:49 AM #7
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Hi Kat -- glad to add to this wonderful post!  Thanks for the mention!

Mar 27, 2009 06:17 AM #8
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Joan... you are so WELCOME.  Thank you!

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