How to Sell Your Home, Even in a "Buyer's" Market

Real Estate Agent with The Devonshire Company

Since my main focus in 2008 has been listings (I had 27 at one point this year), I thought it was time to share the secrets of my client's success. Denver real estate is still selling even in what most people believe to be a "Buyer's Market." Here are a few tricks of the trade from someone who's been around the block a few times.

The first key to your success is to find a Realtor that knows where to price your home-and listen to her! It may not be the news you want to hear but it's exactly what you need to know to get your home sold.

Second, it's time to realize that your house is no longer your home. It's a product to be marketed to the masses. The sooner you can depersonalize and de-clutter what once was your home, the more marketable it will be.

I highly recommend working with a professional home stager. Home stagers know exactly what to do to your home to make buyers remember it at the end of the day. If your budget doesn't allow for a complete staging, many companies offer staging consultations where a stager will walk through your home with you and make recommendations based on what's already within its walls.

Your house needs to sparkle from inside out. Make sure to clean every window, power wash the exterior and sidewalks, make sure the home is free of dust and cobwebs, and tend to any necessary repairs.

Give the house the curb appeal it needs in today's market. You only have one chance to make a first impression and that starts the second buyers park in front of your home. You'll notice a giant difference when you place a couple of planters with colorful flowers by the entry to the house.

Statistics show that price and aesthetic appeal are the two key factors in selling your home. The faster you make both of these things a priority, the faster your home will sell.

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