LGBT home sellers should understand that it is still a buyer’s market and that the average time it takes to sell a home is more indicative of a bear market than it is of a bullish one. With that in mind, LGBT homeowners who hope to sell in 2011 are encouraged to be proactive about marketing their properties while avoiding common pitfalls. Otherwise homes may languish on the market without attracting even a nibble. That can be really demoralizing and frustrating for sellers who are already somewhat impatient due to the tough challenges that the real estate market has presented over these past few years.
Here are five expert tips to help LGBT home sellers in 2011:
Start Planning Now
Many homeowners wait until they have hired a Realtor to start strategizing about how to market their homes, but those who plan ahead will also come out ahead in the end. During the frigid month of February, for example, it may be too soon for buyers to start shopping for houses. But it is an ideal time to begin prepping a home for a faster springtime sale. Do minor repairs, add cosmetic paint to interior surfaces, update fixtures and appliances, or just focus on getting rid of clutter and packing up items that can be stowed away to make rooms and closets look tidier and larger.
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