If you plan on selling your home, it isn’t just a matter of putting a sign on your front lawn, receiving multiple bids, and accepting the best offer – those days are long gone.
In today’s maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating, it makes sense to work with a professional who knows your community, and follow these steps to hasten the process:
Price it right. Agents and buyers alike know when they find a good deal, and they know they need to move quickly, so pricing your home in line with current trends in your neighborhood will save time and hassle.
Enhance curb appeal. First impressions count, so if necessary, add new sod, plant flowers, paint the front door, or replace the mailbox. Prospective buyers will form an opinion about your home the minute the pull up in front of it.
Update the interior. New fixtures, fresh paint, and fixing anything that’s broken are all fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover and increase its salability. Learn how to stage your home to prepare it for prospective buyers.
Make your home easy to show. The more flexible you are about showings, the more people will be able to see your home, and the faster it will likely sell. Selling a home is a numbers game, so be willing to welcome prospective buyers early in the morning, at night, and on weekends, sometimes with little notice.
Use social media. Deal with a real estate agent who plans to showcase your home on social media, and share the listing yourself too. According to data from the National Association of Realtors, 90 percent of buyers use online tools in their home searches. Make sure your listing appears on all major online portals, including Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com.
If you’re considering selling your home and are looking for competent legal advice, contact a real estate attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss online or call 701-235-8000 (toll-free 877-235-8000) today.