If you own a house, there will come a time when you may have to sell. Selling your house is a complex transaction. However, it is not a difficult process, if you are prepared for what is involved. Here are some things that you should keep in mind if you are thinking about selling your house.
To make money selling real estate, you have to start by purchasing it in the right location. A neighborhood that is stable or improving, will generally be a good area to attract buyers down the road when it is time to sell. But a neighborhood that is going downhill, is going to weaken your investment.
Make sure that there are no electrical or plumbing problems that are clearly visible to the buyer of your home. If you have leaky faucets and exposed wiring, fix them right away so buyers do not believe that this is a sign of a much larger issue that could potentially cost them lots of 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 Appraisals that are even a couple of years old can be outdated.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.
So the process of selling a house requires a lot of planning. As you have read, there are many variables to consider. If you have decided to sell your house, it is never too early to start planning. By giving yourself ample time to prepare, you will be ready to sell when the time comes.