A day ago CNBC.com reported that the Fall housing market will shift to a buyer’s market. Good news for those searching for a home to purchase but not quite what a potential seller of a home wants to hear. According to the website, fewer consumers believe now is a good time to purchase a home. The site reports that appraisals have gotten more stringent and potential buyers are more cautious and are willing to take their time when it comes to purchasing a home.
These factors are contributing to an increasingly crowded housing market. There is more competition sellers have to face. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, here are seven tips to follow to help stand out in the crowded market.
Just like the game show title, “The Price Is Right”, price your home out of the market and it will be bypassed by potential buyers. Pricing becomes crucial in a crowded market. It is a fine line for those selling their home who want to get top dollar but want to sell fast. Pricing your home slightly lower (approximately 2% lower) than comps in your area will make your home stand out above similar listed homes in your neighborhood. The slightly lower price will be inciting to buyers when there is an abundance competition.
Always have your home’s “game face” on. If someone comes knocking at your door unexpectedly and wants to see your home, they should be welcomed into a show-ready home. It is always good to deep clean and de-clutter before you list your home. Remember, to always maintain a tidy house throughout your listing. Sellers need to be able to showcase their home at a drop of a hat.
Remember the saying “try to see it through someone else’s eyes”? This also holds true when it comes to selling your home. Homeowners get used to the clutter or how their home looks after they have lived there for a long time. The cramped closet or clutter in the corner becomes a part of your home that you really do not notice anymore. Walk into your home looking at it from a buyer’s point of view. What should be fixed or de-cluttered? You want to put extra emphasis on features that buyers would like to have in their home.
Now days many buyers look through photos via their Realtor or the internet. The same floorplan can look very different when presented in a photo. It is crucially important to have professional photographs done of your home. A professional photographer knows how to stage and photograph a home to give it an edge over the other homes listed for sale in your neighborhood.
Again the age old saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” can come in handy when you and a good many of your neighbors are selling your home at the same time. Do not look at your neighbors as competition, rather look at them as teammates. Get together and work on selling you neighborhood as a great place to live. A great way to do this would be to hold a joint open house.
Highlight your homes best assets. If you renovated or made any upgrades, show them off. Make sure your home’s listing features a list of upgrades or renovations that sets your home apart from the other listings.
Last and most importantly work with a Realtor. Choose a Realtor who has a lot of inside knowledge on your neighborhood. A Realtor is trained to look at real estate trends to determine how best to sell your home and give it a leg up on the competition.
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