Find a trusted real estate agent
Finding someone who can explain the ins and outs of real estate – and being open to his or her advice is often the first step to a positive sale.
Trust is crucial. Finding a real estate agent who works in your best interests is important for such a major transaction. A skilled, caring agent can devote the necessary time and energy to get the most out of your home’s potential. They’ll also likely be more honest about any flaws that need to be addressed. Developing a positive working relationship with a real estate agent who takes to heart your life plans, financial goals and family dynamics can help relieve the stress of selling your house.
Be realistic about the price
What your agent tells you may not always be what you want to hear. Most homeowners believe the value of their home is greater than the price for which it can sell, and they may push for a higher initial listing than is justified by the current market. Regardless of what you originally paid for the home, your agent can offer a realistic assessment of it’s true market value, while providing information on sales of similar homes in your area.
By listing a home at a more realistic price, it’s likely to receive more offers. This can give a seller more leverage in negotiations with the buyer, which may lead to a higher sales price.
Be honest about the condition of the house
All homes develop problems that need repairs, including plumbing issues or a leaky roof. While some homeowners may be tempted to gloss over such issues at the time of sale, hiding them from potential buyers will inevitably lead to negative consequences.
Invest in renovations and upgrades
Finally, homeowners should make a home look its best before showing it to buyers. Beyond a thorough cleaning, real estate agents often recommend upgrades like painting both inside and out, refinishing or replacing carpets or flooring, and improving the landscaping, which can add up to a significant cost.
Selling your house can be stressful for many reasons, but having an understanding and meticulous real estate agent by your side can make for a positive process and rewarding outcome.