Finding a good real estate agent and listing your house to be sold is something few people look forward to. The process can take a lot of time and you never know what you get before it’s too late. We spoke to a few real estate experts and veterans and they informed us of some secrets that estate agents cannot tell you or possibly don’t want to tell you. We hope these secrets will make your next house selling process a bit easier.
The green green grass of home – It seems that the smell of freshly mown grass is a winner when it comes to viewings. Prospective buyers can apparently not resist the smell and the look of freshly mown grass on a good-looking lawn.
Exaggerations will do you no good – In the same way that people are disappointed and put off by fake social media or dating profiles, potential buyers will be disappointed if you exaggerate your home’s features. Instead of making a family-sized backyard a forest of freedom, choose the best features of your home and sell them truthfully. This will get you much further and you won’t disappoint potential buyers and have them walk away.
Staging keeps evolving – The practice of staging a home for viewings has long been known. However, what people don’t know is that staging is seasonal. This means that staging for viewings in the summer will not necessarily work for viewings in winter. The practice of staging homes keep changing and you should try and learn what works best at the time you are selling your house.
Timing is everything – Listings that are posted just before holidays tend to get lost in the black hole of real estate listings. Yes, there is such a thing. If you list your home just before people tend to go away on holiday or just before a long weekend, the chances of your listing getting lost increases. Rather hold off or place it earlier to make sure that potential buyers will see it.
Listings can sit too long if overpriced – If a listing sits without being sold within 3 or 4 weeks, it is a good sign that the house is overpriced. Instead of giving off an air of desperation by dropping the price, it would be in your best interest to rather price it realistically from the beginning.
Pricing bands are important– A pricing band is basically a bracket within which the price you are selling for is categorized. For example, you can have a pricing band between $300 000 and $350 000. Buyers who are looking for a price in this range will not see homes placed in the next range starting at $351 000. It is important to pay attention to this and make sure you don’t exclude potential buyers this way. The advice from the agents is to price the home just below the end of the pricing band maximum.
So, there you have it. We hope you have found these secrets enlightening and useful.