How to Help Your Agent Sell Your Home Quickly

While your real estate agent may be working flat out to sell your home, you – as the seller – also have an important role to play.

It’s up to you to prepare your home for sale.

While your real estate agent may suggest, recommend and even cajole, selling your home is your job, and no one else can do it for you.

You have only one chance to make a first impression.

It’s so true.

A recent survey indicated that more than 60% of buyers knew the property was for them the minute they walked in the door.

So make sure you put a lot of your effort into that first impression.

Cut the grass or shovel the snow to make it easy to get to your front door.

Repair stairs and railings and remove all the usual clutter.

For a great first impression, paint the front door a color that coordinates with your trim and add new hardware.

De-clutter the foyer and make it a grand entrance. A mirror over a hall table reflects light and gives your entrance a finished look.

In the living areas, remove some of your furniture and paint the walls a neutral color to give them a spacious feel. Use lighting, even in the daytime, to brighten dark corners. In the bedrooms, organize your closets to make them seem roomier.

Kitchens and bathrooms can sell – or not sell – your home. If you can afford it, replace outdated appliances and fixtures. If you can’t, go for a good first impression with uncluttered, sparkling-clean counters.

In the bathroom, new fluffy towels and accessories may help visitors overlook the dated vanity.

While it’s listed, your home should always be kept clean, tidy and smelling fresh. Help your real estate agent and you’ll find that between the two of you, 60% of buyers may just find your house is “the one.”

Five Ways to Take Advantage of a Down Market

Real estate remains a bargain in much of the United States. For many home buyers this is the ideal time to jump into the housing market with a long-term investment strategy. Following are five tips to help you take advantage of a down market.

Use a Buyer’s Agent: A buyer’s agent can help you navigate a rapidly changing marketplace and let you know how to maximize your real estate dollar.

Get Preapproved for a Mortgage: Sitting down with a mortgage professional before you begin your search will help refine what you are looking for. This will allow you to set your budgets and narrow your search criteria. Note that a mortgage prequalification is not the same as a preapproved mortgage.

Make a List of Your Needs and Wants: Understand what you need and what you want. Wants are the things you can live without but you would like. Sitting down with your real estate agent will help speed up the home-buying process.

Invest for the Long Term: Buying in a down market offers affordable prices and greater home selection. Long-term investment in real estate is the surest way to maximize your initial investment.

Be Patient and Ask Questions: Down markets allow home buyers to be more patient. Surplus housing inventory means that there are fewer buyers competing for homes, allowing buyers to ask questions and ensure that they are selecting the home that is going to be right for them.

With real estate bargains in much of the United States and with market improvement across the country, this is the ideal time to jump into the housing market.