Why Some People Sell Their Home Quicker Than Others

Why Some People Sell Their Home Quicker Than Others

  • Javier Tello
  • 07/31/23

Your house has been on the market for several months now, and though you’ve had several prospective buyers, none have moved forward. Similar homes in your area have sold in less time than yours has been listed for sale, making you wonder what you might be doing wrong. In a perfect world, you’ll list your home and get an offer you can live with immediately, allowing you to move on to a home you’ve had your eye on. But selling a house can take some effort on your end if you want the sale to happen quickly. Follow these real estate tips for sellers, and you’ll find that a closing date might be nearer than you think.

Using a real estate agent will help you sell your home faster

Some sellers are a bit weary of paying a commission to a real estate agent and their broker out of the sale price of the home. For this reason, they will opt to sell the house on their own, thinking that they can save some money. The reality is, a seller that uses an agent will see their home sell for more money, above and beyond the amount of commission that is paid out. Here is why.

When you work with a real estate agent, such as Javier Tello, you will get much more than someone who lists your home on the MLS and takes care of the legal paperwork for closing. You will be paired with a person who is a master at marketing. An agent will use their marketing skills and vast network of professional contacts to get the most qualified buyers to view your property. Even though you might be a whiz at social media marketing, a real estate agent has the experience to go well above and beyond the reach of your network. Additionally, an agent will be able to list your home on the MLS, getting your home and its data in front of buyers and their agents.

If you are having trouble selling your home, consider consulting an experienced real estate agent like Javier.

You will need to do some “heavy lifting” when preparing your home for sale

A home will sell faster if certain moves are made by the owner before it is listed on the market. While the following will take a bit of time and elbow grease, they are proven tactics in getting your home to move faster.

Begin by making a list of what your home needs to give it more visual appeal. Make a list of cosmetic items that you can have performed to make your home shine again. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint on the walls or removing stains from the carpeting, these chores will go a long way in making your home more desirable to prospective buyers.

On the outside, keep the lawn neatly trimmed and edged, and free from clutter and debris. Make sure the siding is cleaned, too. Maintaining great curb appeal is important, as it will be the first impression on anyone who comes to tour your property.

You’ll also want to make a list of any deferred maintenance that has been put off. Anything that might not pass a home inspection should be remedied before the home is listed. The less a buyer will have to address, the more tempting your home will be to purchase.

Home staging and open houses can help speed up the selling process

Keeping your home clean and well-maintained will take you only so far. Experts will tell you that it’s important to declutter and depersonalize your home. Potential buyers are more likely to buy a home if they can see themselves in it. The less personal it looks, the more appealing it will be.

Experts also recommend hiring a professional home stager. These folks will tour your home and determine how furniture and decor would be best arranged to make it more sellable. They will have furniture and decor of their own that they will bring in, should your home be vacant when it’s listed.

If your home is clean and properly staged, you might want to consider hosting an open house. Your agent can schedule this event, allowing anyone interested to drop by and tour it without an appointment. Buyers agents frequently attend these events, so that they are well-informed about the homes on the current market.

Professional photos and videos make your home stand out

With so many buyers viewing properties online, it’s important to make yours shine with professional photos. Your agent will pair you with a photographer that will make your home look its best and attract potential buyers.

Video tours will also help with selling your home. These are ideal for folks who are needing to buy a home in another market, but are unable to visit in person.

In a buyer’s market, you might need to make some concessions

If you have done all of the above and are still not having any movement with the sale of your home, you might consider meeting with your agent about making certain concessions. This will be particularly important if you need to sell your property quickly.

Perhaps the list price is a bit higher than the current market will bear. Lowering this, and then having your agent advertise a reduced price, can entice additional interested parties to view (and hopefully put an offer on) your home.

If your home has issues that haven’t been addressed, further lowering the price to accommodate them might be in order. If the market you’re in is a buyer’s market, you’ll find that you might need to offer to carry the lion’s share of closing costs, too.

No matter what the current market is, your best bet is to follow the guidance of the real estate professional you’ve contracted with.

Your next moves

When looking at making your home one among the Bridgeland homes for sale, it will be key to make your listing stand out among the herd. To make this possible, hiring a real estate professional like Javier Tello is advisable. His years of experience will serve you well from the day your home is listed until the ink is dry on the closing documents.

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