I haven't been in this particular house but I know all about it. The seller has been very diligent in posting the property to every known free listing site left on planet earth, or so it seems. There have been newspaper ads; line ads and large, expensive diaplay ads with pretty graphics but still it sits there. The sellers are frustrated with a home that won't sell and I'm sure are getting to where any offer would look good. At this point most agents could tell you what's wrong with the house without knowing anything else.
It's the price, silly.
Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner, I applaud your effort to sell your home yourself. Whatever your reasons for going it alone I wish you the best. I do have a few pieces of advice I would like to offer you though; free of charge. You have been given the tools to understand the market. God gave them to you when you were born. They're your ears. Listen to the market, because it's speaking to you loud and clear. As a mater of fact, when you nailed that gigantic neon green poster board sign to the tree on the corner of your property it began screaming, but you're not listening.
If you wish to jump into the real estate game and walk a mile in my shoes, there are a few things you really need to take care of.
1) Correct the price. You might want $335,000, but you're not going to get it. If your asking price doesn't mirror market value as established by a licensed appraiser, then nothing else you do will matter. If the price is wrong those saplings in your front yard will be shade trees before the house sells.
2) Understand that failing to have the home inspected during construction has reduced the number of people who can buy your home. Without your holding a General Contractors license with a Residential Endorsement and the PUR 101 and 102's complete; respectively the energy rating and building inspections, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation will not go near your home. In today's tight money market, the rate subsidy's from Alaska Housing make them a dominant player.
3) Create curb appeal. It's second, in my opinion, only to price. If the price is wrong and it shows poorly from the street, you're in double trouble. Buyers will barely slow down as they cruise down the street to the next house. Clean up the scrap building materials that are still lying all around on the "job site" after almost two years. Get the boat off the 'front yard.' While you're at it, get a front yard.
4) Make sure the inside of your home does not look like the outside. If you do get a buyer through the front door, they're not going to be able to see and appreciate the house over and though your clutter.
6) Make it available to buyers. Not everyone is willing to wait until Saturday afternoon or until you get home at 7:30PM to see your home. There are too many others on the market and yours is just not that special. Buyers will forget it ever existed by Saturday.
7) Hire an attorney. You'll need one to protect your interests when (or if) an offer comes in. While you can navigate a real estate transaction without a Realtor, it would be foolish to forgo both an experienced Realtor and an attorney.
Mr. & Mrs. homeowner, I offer this advice solely to help you get your home sold. The longer buyers ride by your "I'll give you the farm if you'll buy this house" sign, the longer they will think the entire market is on life support and that's far from the truth. Prepare it for the market or put one of those pretty azure blue gazing balls where the For Sale sign is now; it would make a much better lawn ornament.
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