Price Your Home Realistically From the Start
Keep Your House Clean, Tidy and De-cluttered
Work With an Agent Who Excels at Online Marketing
Make It Easy to Show Your Home
Don’t Sign With an Unqualified Buyer
Listen to Your Agent!
Make Small Upgrades to Your Home
Work With an Agent Who Follows the Competition
Stage Your Home’s Exterior
Don’t Insist on the Asking Price
Alert Family and Friends That You Are Selling Your Home
Make Your Home Move-In Ready
Brighten Up Your Home - Maximize Light
Clear Out Your Closets
Don’t Take the First Offer - (Counter Offer!)
De-Personalize Your Home
Conceal Your Pets
Don’t Work With the First Agent You Find
Hire a Professional Listing Photographer
Throw Buyers a Bone to Close Escrow Quickly (only 29.5 percent of agents say this is a very important tip)
Offer Up Extras to the Buyers
Keep in mind, we don't know the success level of all the agents interviewed for this survey - or the intentions of their answers.
For example, I noticed that hiring a professional photographer was near the bottom of the recommendation list but top agents across the country say this is a must, especially the higher you get in home value.
I do agree that listing your home for a realistic price from the start is the MOST important thing you can do. Listing high thinking that someone will offer lower just results in getting skipped over altogether.
Remember, for most people, selling (or buying) a home is the largest transaction of their life. Make sure that you choose and agent that is both qualified and understanding of your needs.
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