When you decide to sell, the first thing to do is investigate the local housing market. Get an idea of what the homes around you are selling for. Here are some guidelines when selling your home:
Selecting an agent. You may decide that you can sell your home without an agent. It's an
attractive thought, since you would save the 6% of the selling price
that a broker typically collects. But balance that against the work
involved in advertising a house and being available at all hours to show
it. Evaluate the person as though you were a buyer: Is he or she
professional and personable? Does he say the right things to make you
want to see the home?
The lowdown on commissions. Once you find an agent you like, you have to formally sign a listing
agreement. This is a contract, laying out the specifics of your
arrangement, including how long you will let the agent represent your
home and what the compensation will be. After you've signed a listing agreement, you may want to give your
lawyer a call to notify him or her that you're selling your house and
will need help reviewing bids and contracts. If you don't want to pay
for a lawyer, your agent should also be able to guide you through this
Getting ready for an open house. Whether you sell on your own or work with an agent, you'll want to spruce up your house before it goes on the market. Take an objective look at it: Is it cluttered? A little worn and tired?
Consider a new paint job. Tidy up. Move unneeded furniture into the
attic, basement or rented storage. Remove some of your personal items,
like family pictures and knickknacks. Mow the lawn. Plant flowers, if
it's the right season. These seemingly insignificant details can add
many thousands of dollars to your eventual sales price.
Timing is the key. Note how long the homes were on the market. If you're in a seller's
market, with listings moving in a week or two, think about adding a
premium to the asking price. In a buyer's market, it's especially important to get the price right.
The critical selling time is within the first month after your home hits
the market. If the price is too high, you'll turn off potential buyers
and agents and then have a hard time attracting them back, even if you
lower your sights later. When you receive a bid via your agent ask for guidance in how to
respond. This will depend on how you priced the house, what the housing
market is in your area and your urgency to sell or wait for a better
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