How to Sell your Home Quickly Even when Times are Bad?
Due to the economic slump that is being experienced around the country,
many homeowners are finding it difficult to sell their homes. First-time
and existing homebuyer tax credits have spurred some home sales, but not
enough to completely remove the difficulty that many sellers have
experienced. It is largely anticipated that foreclosures as well as
short sales will continue to keep home prices stagnant throughout the
remainder of the year. While there is little doubt that it will remain a
buyer's market throughout the year that does not mean that you should
completely give up hope if you need to sell your home quickly. There are a few
things you can do to provide yourself with the best opportunity to move
your home off the market despite the bleak economic times.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to wait for the
market to turn around before you try to sell your home. The simple truth
is that home values are not likely to turn around from the highs that
were previously experienced, at least not for several more years. Some
experts have predicted that it could take even a decade before we
experience that kind of rebound. Although the reality is that you may
well experience a loss if you sell now, if you have owned your home for
quite some time, that negative figure could only be on paper.
Second, do not hesitate to make improvements to your home if you have
the means to do so. Remember, there is a lot of competition on the
market right now and trying to succeed with an as-is sale may not be the
best option. When making upgrades to your home, focus on those areas
that will provide you with the most bang for your buck, such as upgrades
to the kitchen and bathrooms, particularly cabinets and counters. These
types of upgrades will typically provide you with the highest returns.
Before making any improvements, do make sure you obtain at least three
estimates from reliable contractors and add in an additional 10% for any
Keep in mind as well that you should rely only on professionals to help
you with selling your home. When marketing your home, you are working to
sell the largest investment you will ever own in most cases. The real
estate agent you work with should not only be highly experienced but
should also have solid connections with industry professionals, lenders
and agents. Always make sure that you ask for references, credentials as
well as a history regarding the agent's recent performance.
The same also holds true for having your home appraised; something that
you should seriously consider having done prior to receiving a contract
on your home. Look for an appraiser who has a minimum of five year's
experience and is appropriately certified or licensed.
It is also a good idea to consider obtaining a home warranty to attract
more buyers to your home as well. This type of warranty will provide a
buyer with protection and peace of mind against any unexpected
mechanical system breakdowns during the first year they own the home.
Such warranties can typically be purchased for just a few hundred
dollars and can often make a real difference in attracting prospective
Seriously consider having your home professionally staged to provide it
with the maximum appeal possible. There is a cost involved in this type
of service if you hire a professional but many sellers find that home
staging not only helps them to sell their home faster but also for more
money, allowing them to more than recoup the investment they made in
Be prepared to negotiate. Prospective buyers today are fully aware of
market conditions and that they are in their favor, which means you need
to be ready to deal on not only the price but other terms as well.
Finally, make sure that your listing is updated on a regular basis with
in-season photos to position your home in the best light possible.
Ensure that your home is listed on your real estate agent's website at
the minimum and possibly even consider having a website or at least a
blog or web page dedicated solely to your own home's listing. This is
particularly important as approximately 80% of all homebuyers today
begin their search online. Without online exposure you could very well
be missing out on the opportunity to sell your home.