Terry’s Blog: You Need To Be Open for Negotiations When Selling Your Home

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terrybornitz@kw.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terrybornitz@kw.com

Selling a house can be a long, drawn out and stressful process that involves making improvements to make the house more sellable, finding an agent, and dealing with the wait of going through closing. It can feel like your home will never sell. Here is some advice that has been collected to hopefully make the process go a little smoother.

You should hire your own real estate agent to represent you. An agent that works for both the buyer and the seller can possibly have a conflict of interest. Ask friends to recommend an agent to you. Interview several agents and make sure you are comfortable with the person you choose. A knowledgeable agent is an invaluable resource.

When selling your home in the fall, make sure to keep up with the maintenance on your home that may send up red flags on a potential buyer. Keep the gutters clean of leaves so the buyer knows that you have taken the time over the years to do the required upkeep on a home.

When trying to figure out what price to sell your home for, look more at the prices that houses similar to yours sold for rather then houses that are currently on the market. When an appraisal is made for the sale of your home, the mortgage company will only approve a mortgage for the amount of the appraisal, even if both the buyer and seller agreed on a higher amount. Appraisers use previous sales as their guide. By doing this up front, you will keep yourself from having issues during the sale process.

When selling your home, hire your own agent. The agent is representing the buyer, not you, and so they have a conflict of interest when it comes to helping you sell your home. The additional cost to you of hiring your own agent will be offset by the gain you will see in the final negotiations on selling price.

In a buyers market, have your home pre-inspected before starting to sell. Many buyers will completely disregard a house that hasn’t been inspected recently. Investing time and energy into a house, only to find problems before closing, is a big turn off to buyers and most prefer to avoid that headache entirely.

Research potential real estate agents thoroughly before hiring one to represent you. Find an agent who knows their job well and has a lot of experience. An agent with a good reputation and solid credentials will help you navigate the process more smoothly, as well as demystify it for you while keeping your best interests at heart.

Do you smell those freshly baked cookies? That is a smart tactic to use if you are trying to sell your house. Buyers want to ‘see’ themselves in your home, and you can make them feel right at home by baking cookies before a home tour as comforts like that show a very inviting atmosphere.

Make sure that your bathroom is absolutely spotless and you kitchen is the same way. Many buyers look at the condition of those rooms first and if they do not like them then it is unlikely that they will purchase your home regardless of how all of the other rooms look.

When improving your home for resale, remember to put your personal color preferences aside. Statistics show that home shoppers prefer houses in which they can visualize themselves. That means that buyers have a more positive reaction to clean or even empty houses with rooms and floors that are done in neutral colors.

If your home has been on the market for a long time without selling, try to slightly lower the price. The price drop could attract many new potential buyers. Also, offer incentives in your asking price, such as you paying half of the closing costs or you paying for new appliances.

When you have found a real estate agent that will best suite your needs, you need to require them to develop a customized marketing plan. Their plan should fit both you and your property. A general approach is not specific enough to sell your home for all that it is worth.

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by selling a house. If you research the process and develop a plan, you should be ready for whatever comes your way. Take the tips that apply to you and start getting prepared to make your home more sellable. Just stay positive, and your home will sell in no time.Keller Williams Realty-Print

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