Three basic steps to selling your home are pricing it right, staging it well, and negotiating. Sounds easy, right? Then why is it always such a complicated process? Listen to the experts and you will find out that doing these things well can take time, patience and persistence. Here are some tips that can help.
Keep in mind that the offer process is not personal. A low ball offer on your home is not an affront to you. Just as you are trying to get the most money out of your home, the buyers are trying to get the best deal. Do not reject a buyer from making a follow up offer if the initial bid is too low.
If your strategy into the real estate market calls for extensive home renovations, avoid hiring an architect if you possibly can. Check your local regulations and consult with experts. Small, simple renovation jobs may not require an architect’s approval. Working without one will save you a great deal of time and money.
Re-evaluate your home market value. If your house has been up for sale for long, your house might not be worth what you think it is. Appraisals that are even a couple of years old can be outdated. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA, has an appraiser code of conduct for accurate evaluations of the value of your home. Don’t always trust your agent. If he tells you that your house is overpriced, he might just be trying to sell it quicker.
If you bought your home several years ago you probably financed somewhere between five and six percent interest. Now might be a good time to consider refinancing. With the real estate market as bad as it is today, finance rates are hovering around three percent. This will save you thousands of dollars over the long haul.
Selling your home comes down to three basic steps – pricing it right, staging it well, and negotiating. These steps don’t always come together so easily though. As we have explained in this article, following a few helpful tips can make the process easier, and your home sell quicker too.