~~Why is now is the perfect time to list your home???
Most people already know that spring is ideal to list their home. People want to complete a purchase before the kids go back to school or the weather changes. It’s also easier to do needed repairs or painting projects and keep yard up.
However right now, in our neck of the woods this is a secondary perfect selling season. Currently we have a very limited number of homes on the market in the price range that the average buyer is looking for and those homes that are on the market are “flying off the shelves”. Buyers are out there and looking to buy, but do not have a large selection to choose from.
The holidays are fast approaching but that does not stop serious buyers. They are always searching the internet and looking for the perfect home. Competition is generally always on the lighter side. A seller might not have as many showings of their property during the holidays; however those who see it are truly looking to buy something. It never hurts to have it listed even if it may be a slower time of the year.
I am noticing sales happening the very day of listing. Many are selling with in a couple weeks of listing. If a home is priced right then it goes fast. Closing time generally occurs within 45 days if inspections and appraisal go well.
Realistically there are no guarantees. So if a seller is flexible on time be it a quick sale or the home spends a few months on the market, they all eventually sell. Having your home evaluated by a Realtor will most likely help you make the final decision to list now or do a few projects and list in the spring. A CMA is free to you and provides some great information that you can take from it to know how your home compares to those in your area.
Feel free to call me and I will be happy to assist you.
Here is a short video explaining a typical closing process.
Here is a short video that explains a bit about what you need to do to prepare your home for sale and what an agent does for you to help your home sell.
Some people think of staging as someone coming in and removing everything and bringing in show room furniture. That is not for your typical homeowner. I like to think of staging as transformation by using what you have and making some small changes to show case you home. Here is a list of simple painless things you can do at no cost or very minimal cost to you.
1. Remove family photos. I know this sounds harsh but you want buyers to be able to see their family living there.
2. Remove all clutter, think about the fridge, counters, desk, all those places we naturally deposit our things that we say we will put away later.
3. Down size whats in your home. You need to pack anyway to move why not do it now. Have a big moving sale or donate those items you don't use. The goal here is to open up space and create comfort. And again the buyers can see their things in the home.
4.If you have lots of different colors on the wall or they are in need of paint, consider painting in soft neutral colors. One of the colors I use the most is Sherwin Williams Full Moon.
5.Finally arrange furniture to make the rooms appear larger. Pick specific pieces of art to hang on the wall be deliberate not random. If in doubt go without.
Need help or have questions about staging your home please call me, 360.270.1847