REALTOR TOM GILLIAM LISTING AGENT-QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Selling a real estate property can be a difficult process. Determining the list price, performing repairs, staging and the listing the home are just a few of the concerns that any potential home seller will face. This article contains the key tips and tricks any real estate seller might need.
When determining the asking price for a home you are selling, do all of the relevant research. You need to know not only the sold price of similar homes in the same area, but also the price of other homes currently on the market and how long those homes have been sitting. This will give you a better idea of how to price your home to sell.
Realtor Tom Gilliam Listing Agent says; “When looking for a real estate agent, choose one that is familiar with the neighborhood in which you are looking”. They will be aware of a reasonable price to offer, and will also be able to tell you if your house is expected to increase in value in the future.
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What are the basic steps to selling my home
Visit our website to size-up the homes-for-sale competition, read home selling articles on our site, consider reading a book on home selling, attend some seller’s Open Houses in the your area (ask us or see the local newspaper).
As neighborhood real estate agents that specialize in listing in the Oakland County area, we know what it takes to sell in this market. We welcome your call!
Set the price.
Ask your Realtor Tom Gilliam Listing Agent for an analysis of the local market and an opinion of the best price range for your home.
Set a marketing strategy.
Have your agent discuss a marketing plan and include the main elements in the listing presentation.
Get the house ready.
With your Realtor Tom Gilliam Listing Agent , take a hard, objective look at your home. Prioritize what needs to be done, and decide how much you can spend in time and money to make it look its best before opening it up to buyers. Get rid of all clutter and put some of your stuff in storage to make the rooms and closets roomier. Put together an information packet on local amenities, your utility bills and other helpful information.
Consider finding a reliable real estate attorney.
The attorney can help review all the paperwork.
Keep on top of the process.
Stash some quick clean-up supplies close at hand, and do a fast run-through before letting a prospective buyer preview your home. Also, keep a notebook handy with a record of everyone who has come through (and their agents), and inform your agent after each visit. This can speed the follow-up that your agent will do.
What are the six biggest mistakes home sellers make in Oakland County Michigan?
Sadly, many sellers just don’t do their homework. If you’re like most people, your home is your most valuable investment. When you sell it, you’ll want to pocket the biggest possible net gain or profit. But, when you sell your home, you need to understand the competition. There are other home sellers in your area, and just like in any other competition, mistakes can be costly. Here are some common home seller slip-ups we can help you avoid:
Overpricing or under-pricing.
By setting the price too high, you turn away the best prospects for your home. By asking too little, you’ll probably sell faster but net less from the sale. We can do a comparative market analysis and help you set the best price for your home.
Selling “as is.”
In the competitive home sale marketplace, you need to show your house at its best. Your home should be in “move-in” condition from the first day it’s listed. We can point out your home’s chief assets and suggest how to highlight them, as well as help you identify which items need improving.
While clearing out clutter, cleaning and repairs are important ways to get your home ready for sale, undertaking a major project could cost more money than you would recover from the sale. However, some major repairs, like replacing a roof, should be done if they are needed.
Selling it yourself.
Although doing your own marketing looks tempting as a way to save money, surveys show self-sellers often net less from the sale than sellers who use a real estate agent. And self-sellers find that agents do a lot more than most people think – from bringing qualified buyers to keeping things on track to settlement.
Failing to offer financial incentives.
Special options can attract buyers without costing a lot. Often, incentives like a home warranty or paying points or some closing costs can be figured in when setting the price of the home.
Ignoring your listing agent’s advice.
As experienced professionals, we know what works and what doesn’t. Let’s discuss any advice you are uncomfortable with or disagree with, and together find the best way to sell your home.
Can a used house compete effectively against new construction in Oakland County?
In some boom markets, the well-orchestrated efforts of new-home developments can make selling a “used” home seem impossible. But you can direct your own award-winning performance, and truly compete in the home-selling business.
A successful builder designs homes and decorates models with specific “profile families” in mind. Every detail of a model home – from the name of the style to the decor of each room – is calculated to emotionally grab families who resemble the profiled family. “This is us!” the prospective buyers should say to themselves as they tour the home.
Then the builder arms a professional sales staff with a variety of easy mortgage plans, making possible an on-the-spot home sale.
New Isn’t Everything
To compete with this professional plan, “used” home sellers need a professional plan of their own. Work with your agent to:
Target prospective buyers.
Decide who would be a likely buyer for your home and make sure your home is appealing to most any buyer but especially to the “profile family.” Of course, you’ll welcome an offer from any prospective buyer.
Apply elbow grease.
Make your home shine like new, inside and out.
Put best foot forward.
Ensure prospective buyers learn about your home’s upgrades and unique features as well as the neighborhood amenities.
Research the competing new homes and the builder’s incentives, and offer to assist the buyer with points or other closing costs, as needed.
Provide a warranty.
Buy a one-year major systems warranty.
Price the home to sell.
Remember, mature resale neighborhoods and properties have their own unique appeal. New isn’t everything. Set the stage, and get ready to yell, “Action!”
If I try to sell my home myself, I know I can save the sales commission. So what could I lose?
To get your home sold, you would have to advertise and then baby sit the phone, waiting for responses to your ad. We have an office staff to handle this and to sort out serious callers from others. We can also pre-qualify prospective buyers and make arrangements to show the house.
You’re likely to attract bargain-hunting buyers who seek out for-sale-by-owner homes, expecting to get a lower purchase price because of the saved sales commission. We will advise you how to price the house to sell fast for the best price.
Self-selling limits exposure to prospects who see the yard sign, if one is used, or newspaper ads. We bring with us a network of contacts and a computerized listing service that puts every agent in town to work selling your house.
Peace of mind
When selling by owner, the homeowner is responsible for negotiating a legal contract and seeing that every detail of the contract is carried out. We can screen out unqualified prospects, help arrange financing, and shepherd the sale to settlement.
Who says what my home is worth?
When it comes to pricing your home, you’ll find lots of “experts.” The neighbors may want you to set a high price, thinking it will make their homes more valuable. Your company may encourage you to set a lower price so the home will sell quickly and you can move to your new assignment. You might be thinking in terms of what you paid for your home, how much you’ve spent on it, or how much profit you want from it.
But who sets the price? When you put your house on the market, you set the asking price. But it is the market that determines the selling price. If the asking price is set correctly, the house is likely to sell fairly quickly. If set too high, the house may languish on the market, unseen by the right buyers.
Pricing It Right
A correct asking price is crucial to a timely sale. That’s where we come in. But how do we know how to advise you on price?
First, Realtor Tom Gilliam Listing Agent will look at the prices brought by similar homes recently sold in the area, and compare their features to those in your home.
- Then we survey the competition, seeing what homes are currently on the market, how they compare to yours and how long they have been up for sale.
- Next we look at how the number of buyers compares to the supply of homes for sale.
- We take stock of the direction of the market. Are prices rising or falling? Are homes selling quickly for the asking price?
- Finally, we look at the incentives other sellers are offering, such as paying some closing costs, and what conveys with the property, like draperies or washer and dryer.
As you noticed, neither how much you paid for your home nor how much money you wish to profit from the sale affect the market value of your home.
Avoid “Testing The Market”
Many times, sellers are tempted to price their homes a little high in hopes of getting more money from the sale. But often the opposite happens, and they sell – after a long time on the market – at a price below what the home would have sold for if it had been priced correctly at first. This is because most buyers look only at homes they can afford.
- If a home is overpriced, many potential buyers don’t bother to consider it because the asking price is above what they can afford to pay.
- Buyers who do tour the overpriced home see that it doesn’t measure up to others in the same price range.
- By pricing the home close to market value, on the other hand, the sellers make the most of their best opportunity to sell to the home’s true market during the highest traffic period – the first weeks after the new listing comes out. That’s when real estate agents call in the buyers they have been working with to see what’s new on the market.
For a personal pricing consultation with Realtor Tom Gilliam Listing Agent , please give me a call or send an e-mail question of your own. We’d like to help you price your home right from the start!