Everyone wants to know how to sell their home fast, even in this crazy market that we are experiencing right now. The reasons vary from adjustable mortgages that are about to make house payments unmanageable to needing to move to another area because of work. Here are my eight essentials on how to sell your home fast.
Hire the right agent to sell your home fast! Working with the right agent is possibly the most essential element to selling your home fast. A top notch agent will already know and help you implement the rest of the elements of selling your home fast. Additionally an all-star agent will make sure that any buyers are followed up with and that transactions make it through any problems and get closed!
Pricing your home right is essential to selling your home fast! Talk with your agent about what the right price is to market your home at. Look at the current properties on the market and consider pricing your home at or even 5% or 10% below them. Buyers will recognize a hot deal when they see one and the added competition may even garnish some higher than listed price offers!
To sell your home fast, make sure your home is ready for buyers to see! Make sure that your home is clean and all the clutter is out of your home if you want to sell it fast! You may love all of your pictures, collectibles and so on, but buyers need to be able to see themselves in your home. Rent storage if needed, but consider cutting the volume of 'things' in your home by at least 50%. Consider the effect of buyers opening a closet to see it crammed with boxes, coats and shoes as opposed to them opening it and finding it spacious and well organized.
Consider hiring a professional home stager to help sell your home fast! The small amount that a home stager charges is usually made up in selling price and marketing time! These professionals can suggest what items to keep and what to remove, any color changes that might be made, and what other alterations you can make so that it appeals to more buyers and will sell as fast as possible!
To sell your home fast, consider offering broker incentives! Now is the time to offer higher commissions, not lower. Even a small bonus such as half a percentage point of commission may be the difference that gets agents showing your home first. Want to stand out from the crowd? Offer gift cards as a bonus to selling agents. A $500 gift card good for new clothes or toys can go a long way towards getting your home sold fast!
Don't hesitate to take the first offer if you want to sell your home fast! Some times sellers get jumpy when after a week on the market, they get a solid offer and think that they should wait to see if a better offer comes in. This can be a critical mistake! Statistically, the longer a home is on the market, the lower the selling price. As time goes buy, prospective buyers will assume that something must be wrong with it or that it is over priced and that is why no one else wanted it.
Don't let any surprises stop your home from selling fast! Recently I had buyers who were in love with a home and we had a contract with the sellers, who were very near having to go into a short sale situation. Things were moving along smoothly until the inspection, when we found that there was extensive beetle damage to the foundation. Needless to say, this brought the deal to a screeching stop. Don't let this happen to you! Make sure that all of the maintenance is done on your home and there are no surprises that might make buyers back out of purchasing your home.
- If you need to sell your home fast, be prepared to adjust your marketing plan! Talk with your agent from the outset about when you need to adjust your marketing plan, primarily of course your asking price. Have a plan, talk with your agent and go over the 'what-ifs'! Waiting around for that 'magic buyer' when the showings have stopped happening is a disastrous road to go down.
There really is no secret to selling your home fast. A great real estate agent, proper pricing, and an aggressive and flexible marketing plan are the key elements. There are no magic tricks or gimmicks that will make cash buyers appear out of no where. If you need to sell your home fast, talk with your agent and discuss my eight points and how they apply to you. Doing this will give you an above average chance of selling your home fast!
Jacquie Cliff - The Amazon Negotiator
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