Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West


Yes, in the past, sellers waited for spring to list their homes, if they did not need to sell.  Spring was when all the trees and plants bloomed, grass was green and all was right with the world.  This is no longer the case.  The Greater Cleveland Area has a lack of homes for sale at most price points. 

In my opinion, with the research I have done, we are not in a Buyers' Market.  Currently, we are in a Sellers' Market!  How long has it been since you have heard that?                   Trees in the Midst of WinterTrees in Bloom in Spring

Sellers, we need you to list your homes now.

Of course, as always, homes must be prepared for sale, just as they would be prepared for the warm months.  Invite a Realtor or two to tour your home.  Ask them what they think you need to do to prepare your home for sale, items that will make your home desirable,  Do the things that make your home marketable: de-clutter, clean, remove wallpaper, paint, uncover hardwood floors, update the kitchen and bathrooms as your budget allows, etc. (In winter, curb appeal is clearing snow from your driveway, sidewalks porches, patios and decks. In addition, pick up all pet excrement. And, don't worry about outside pictures, like the one to the far right. Buyers can imagine what the trees will look like in the spring, like the picture to the left. )

And, homes need to be priced right and marketed well.  Retain a Realtor to be your Sellers' Agent.  Make sure the the Sellers' Agent provides you with a robust marketing plan before you sign the listing agreement.

A house that is prepared for sale and priced right may end up with multiple offers to choose from.  Not only are multiple offers happening, but, we a are seeing some offers over list prices for homes that are updated.  The opportunities for the sale of a home are amazing right now. 




Comments (11)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat & Steve, that is exactly what I have been telling my potential sellers --- list now and get on the market when there is less competition.   Great advice!

Jan 09, 2013 10:07 PM
Michael Therriault
Michael Therriault Contracting - M.T. Contracting - Blakeslee, PA
The name to remember when you want it done right.

If your selling this is a great time to get your house on the market. The buyers are out there, but if your house isn't it's not going to sell.

Jan 12, 2013 11:30 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Pat and Steve -  clients listened to me int he fall when there was less inventory and it worked.. they are very happy with their sales price.. Just as you say, lsit now and be out there..

Jan 13, 2013 08:00 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, lots of areas of the country are short on listings.  As the prices begin to rise and equity is regained, I think more listings will come.

Jan 21, 2013 07:34 PM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

We, too, have come into a Sellers Market, we need listings, I think I will post something similar to our market base!

Jan 22, 2013 11:04 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Pat & Steve, it seems we all are screaming for the same thing....need more inventory. Where are the sellers who wanted to unload the home moment market recovered.

Jan 23, 2013 12:01 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Pat and Steve, You are so right, now is the time!!


Jan 23, 2013 03:55 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Pat & Steve - there is no better time than NOW. Inventory is low and demand is high. Your headline is screaming for action...great job!

Jan 31, 2013 06:37 AM
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Joan: Thank you for your kind words about my advice.

Michael: Yes, Michael, this is a great time to sell.

Gay: Congrats on your sale of a home you listed in the fall and the Sellers received at good price.



Feb 10, 2013 04:29 AM
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Gabe: You, too, are correct that there is a shortage of listings in most of the country.

Chrisine: You, too, are now dealing with a sellers market.  Thanks for your comment.

Ritu: I think you are spot on.

Feb 10, 2013 04:46 AM
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Gloria: Thank you for your agreement.

Sarah: Thank you for your compliment.


Feb 10, 2013 04:53 AM