29 Tips to get Homes Sold Fast

29 Essential Tips That Get Homes

Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar

Selling your home is one of the most important steps in your life.  Here are 29 essential tips you must know…

For most people, selling their home means cashing in their biggest asset.  In other words, it must
be handled with great care if you hope to protect--and capitalize on--your investment.

This guide was written with one goal in mind:  to give you the tools you need to maximize your 
profits, maintain control, and reduce the stress that comes with the home-selling process.

Tip No. 1 Know why you're selling.

The reason you look closely at why you want to sell is that your motivations play an important role in
the process.  They affect everything from setting a price to deciding how much time and money 
you'll invest to getting your home ready for selling.

For example, what's more important to you:  the money you walk away with, or the length of time 
your property is on the market?  If your goal is a quick sale, that can dictate one kind of approach.  If you
want to maximize your profit, the sales process will almost certainly take longer.

Tip No. 2 Once you know, keep it to yourself.

Your reasons will affect how you negotiate the sale of your home, but they shouldn't be given as 
ammunition to the person who wants to buy it.  For example, a prospective buyer who knows you must
move quickly has you at their mercy in the negotiation process.  When asked, simply say that your housing
needs have changed.  Your reasons are nobody's business but your own.  


Tip No. 3 Do your homework before setting a price.

Settling on an offering price shouldn't be done lightly.  Once you've set your price, you've told
buyers the absolute maximum they have to pay for your home.  The trick for the seller is to get a 
selling price as close to the offering price as possible.  If you start out by pricing too high, you might not be 
taken seriously by prospective buyers and their agents.  A price too low can result in selling for much less 
than you had hoped for.

Setting your home's sale price can be a fairly easy process.  If you live in a   
subdivision comprised of homes with similar or identical floor plans, built in the  A good Realtor® is attuned to nuances in the market that may not be apparent from comparable sales and listings.
same time period, then all you have to do is look at recent sales in the neighbor-
hood to give you a good ballpark figure.

But many people live in older neighborhoods that have changed quite a bit over 
the years.  Every home in your neighborhood may be different in minor or substantial
ways--the house next door may have added another bedroom, for example, or the one
across the street might have been built recently to fill a vacant lot.  As a neighborhood 
evolves over the years, you may find that there aren't any homes that are truly 

comparable to your own.

If you decide to sell your home on your own, the most common way to set a value is to look at
homes that have sold in your neighborhood within the past 6 to 12 months, as well as those now on
the market.  That's certainly how prospective buyers will assess the worth of your home.

You can usually learn what homes have sold for in your neighborhood by making a quick trip to City 
Hall;  home sale information is in the public records in most communities (but not all).

If this sounds like a lot of work, you may decide to hire a Realtor®.  Your Realtor® will do all the market 
research and provide you with comps showing where your home should be priced to best meet your 
goals--a fast sell, maximum profit, etc.

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