Sandra Glantz: Moving On – Powerful tips for selling your home
Century 21 Winter Park Real Estate
Maybe you’re moving to a larger home to accommodate a growing family, relocating for a new career opportunity, or purchasing a townhouse for retirement. Whatever the reason for the move, you’ll need to take the necessary steps to sell your home for the best possible price, within a reasonable amount of time. Where do you begin?
If you’re like most people, you’ll start by seeking assistance from a professional. A local real estate sales associate, who knows your neighborhood, can help you determine a fair market price. The sales associate should also recommend the extent to which you should make repairs or improvements to your house.
Once you’ve identified a qualified professional, the rest is chemistry. Is the sales associate someone with whom you would like to work closely? Do you feel comfortable with the sales associate as your partner, working with you to give you advice and acting as your representative? Do they practice a consultative selling approach, focusing on the long-term client relationship and on the importance of exceeding client needs and expectations or are they caught up in the proverbial ‘hard sell?’
The brokerage firm that your agent is associated with is also important. Research the firm’s success rate and commitment to quality service. Does it survey existing clients in order to ensure customer satisfaction? What are the results of those surveys? How in tune are they with consumer needs? Do they offer guidance with mortgages or any discounts for other home related or moving services?
Determining your home’s fair market value is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the home-selling/buying process. Your sales associate can help you set a fair price based on local market conditions. For instance, they will provide sale prices and other statistics of homes similar to yours that have recently been sold.
Prospective buyers will be comparing your home to others on the market. Therefore, setting a comprehensive price can determine if your property will or will not sell.
For the offers made, it’s rare that the prospective buyer matches the asking price. If the offer is reasonably close to the asking price, carefully consider the offer before you consider turning it down. Curiously, it’s the first offer that can often be the best offer. If the first offer is unacceptable to you, it may in your best interest to have your sales associate respond with a counter offer. Whenever considering an offer, ask yourself if you would purchase the property for the amount being offered. Always be willing to negotiate, especially if the prospective buyer is pre-qualified for a mortgage.
Once you decide what terms are acceptable, let your sales associate negotiate with the prospective buyer to work out the best agreement for you. You’ll need to be patient while the buyer arranges financing and as the real estate company compiles and prepares pertinent data.
Careful planning and sound advice from a real estate professional can make selling your home a very satisfying experience.
If you are interested in what your property would bring in today’s market give me a call for a complimentary market analysis. I will be happy to assist you in trading up or just moving on. Sandra Glantz 970-531-0881 or toll free 866-726-2121. Century 21 Winter Park Real Estate. Each office is independently owned and operated.
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