3 To Do's...

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

Placing your home on the active Real Estate Market can be an emotional experience. That's why it's always best to have someone on your side looking out for your best interest. Enter, the Professional Realtor®. 

There are many things to accomplish in the process. Your Realtor® will be able to walk you through it. One thing I always suggest is to declutter and begin packing, since you'll be moving anyway...AND while you're at it inventory those things you are packing so you have an accurate inventory of your belongings, for insurance reasons, should something happen in the process of moving. Here are 3 more "Must-Do's".

3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year

3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year

It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces. However, despite the anticipation of what’s to come, we can still have deep sentimental attachments to the home we’re leaving behind. Growing emotions can help or hinder a sale depending on how we manage them.

When it comes to the bottom line, homeowners need to know what it takes to avoid costly mistakes when it’s time to move. Being mindful and prepared for the process can help you stay on the right track when selling your house this year.

1. Price Your Home Right

When inventory is low, like it is in the current market, it’s common to think buyers will pay whatever we ask when setting a listing price. Believe it or not, that’s not always true. Don’t forget that the buyer’s bank will send an appraiser to determine the fair value for your house. The bank will not lend more than what the house is worth, so be aware that you might need to renegotiate the price after the appraisal. A real estate professional will help you set the true value of your home.

2. Keep Your Emotions in Check

Today, homeowners are living in their houses for a longer period of time. Since 1985, the average tenure, or the time a homeowner has owned their home, has increased from 5 to 10 years (as shown in the graph below):3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House This Year | Keeping Current MattersThis is several years longer than what used to be the historical norm. The side effect, however, is when you stay in one place for so long, you may get even more emotionally attached to your space. If it’s the first home you bought or the house where your children grew up, it very likely means something extra special to you. Every room has memories, and it’s hard to detach from the sentimental value.

For some homeowners, that makes it even harder to negotiate and separate the emotional value of the house from the fair market price. That’s why you need a real estate professional to help you with the negotiations along the way.

3. Stage Your Home Properly

We’re generally quite proud of our décor and how we’ve customized our houses to make them our own unique homes, but not all buyers will feel the same way about your design. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you stage your house with the buyer in mind.

Buyers want to envision themselves in the space so it truly feels like it could be their own. They need to see themselves inside with their furniture and keepsakes – not your pictures and decorations. Stage and declutter so they can visualize their own dreams as they walk down the hall. A real estate professional can help you with tips to get your home ready to stage and sell.

Bottom Line

Today’s sellers’ market might be your best chance to make a move. If you’re considering selling your house, reach out to a local real estate professional to help you navigate through the process while prioritizing these must-do’s.

thank you to the folks at KCM 

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2 Thessalonians 1:2



Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
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Comments (10)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Doug Dawes it's all about the price.... but it's also all about the agent the homeowner decides to hire.... that's how it starts and that's what determines the status of the journey!!!

Jan 06, 2021 03:04 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those 3 things are so important to keep in mind when selling a home, it amazes me that people don't always do that, haha.

Jan 06, 2021 04:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Doug. One and three will get you an offer but number two can make or break the deal. Enjoy your day!

Jan 06, 2021 04:52 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Doug Dawes - the best thing for the homeowner is to find their Realtor who they see as a trusted advisor and then go with the advice.

Jan 06, 2021 05:39 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Doug Dawes it certainly is important to remember things like this when selling.

Jan 06, 2021 06:53 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Barbara Todaro 

It's about price yes, but there are other factors that need to be accomplished to get that price the seller may want

Jan 06, 2021 04:26 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Cuz they don't know Brian England That's why they need a professional Realtor's services

Jan 06, 2021 04:27 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

How many times have people been tripped up because of emotions Wayne Martin? Another important reason to have a professional on your team

Jan 06, 2021 04:28 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

You and I agree on a lot of things Grant Schneider. It's important to have a team on your side

Jan 06, 2021 04:30 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Even when a buyer or seller has a Realtor® I've seen them go over the edge in emotions Rocky Dickerson 

Jan 06, 2021 04:31 PM

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