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You've come to the right place. This section takes you through the steps of selling your property, and offers valuable information and resources for sellers.
Selling Your Home: Why Use a Realtor?
Some homeowners are tempted to try selling their property without the help of a real estate agent (this is called FSBO: For Sale By Owner). The reality is that selling real estate is a complex and highly specialized field. If you are like most, your home is your biggest asset. An agent will help steer you clear of the many pitfalls, and most importantly, will save you time and money. Here are just a few of the advantages of working with an agent:
Your agent knows real estate values in your neighbourhood and will help set an agreeable and competitive price on your home.
Your agent will establish a marketing strategy for your home ensuring that your property is exposed to scores of potential buyers.
Your agent takes care of the many tasks involved in selling a house (everything from putting up the for sale sign and taking care of paperwork). This saves you time and ensures that the transaction is simple and low-stress for you.
Your agent is an expert in the home selling process and as such will advise you of your rights, options and obligations.
Your agent is an experienced negotiator and will work to get you the best price possible.
Your agent has access to all of the latest tools, technology and tricks of the trade.
Your agent can recommend the best ways to improve your home's curb appeal.
Your Royal LePage agent has the support of a national firm and a network of contacts and expertise.
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The Right Selling Price Affects Your Bottom Line
When you’re selling your home, the price you set is a critical factor in the return you’ll receive. That’s why you need a professional evaluation from an experienced realtor. This person can provide you with an honest assessment of your home, based on several factors including:
- Market conditions
- Condition of your home
Repairs or improvements
In real estate terms, market value is the price at which a particular house, in its current condition, will sell within 30 to 90 days.
If the price of your home is too high, several things could happen:
Limits buyers . Potential buyers may not view your home, because it would be out of their buying range.
Limits showings . Other salespeople may be less reluctant to view your home.
Used as leverage . Other realtors may use this home to sell against homes that are better priced.
Extended stay on the market . When a home is on the market too long, it may be perceived as defective. Buyers may wonder, “what’s wrong,” or “why hasn’t this sold?”
Lower price . An overpriced home, still on the market beyond the average selling time, could lead a lower selling price. To sell it, you will have to reduce the price, sometimes, several times. In the end, you’ll probably get less than if it had been properly priced at the start.
Wasted time and energy . A bank appraisal is most often required to finance a home.
Realtors have known it for years – Well-kept homes, properly priced in the beginning always get you the fast sale for the best price! And that’s why you need a professional to assist you in the selling of your home.
Selling This Spring ?
Are you considering selling your home this spring? As we head into the year's busiest real estate season, ensuring that your home is in its best condition will help attract maximum interest. Here are some tried and true steps to follow:
Begin the purge.
Put your house on a diet. Give consideration to the appeal of a tidy and organized house and begin removing or donating both the things that clutter your home and the things you don't want to move with you. Choose a drawer, shelf or storage bin, and begin streamlining, room-by-room, a little bit at a time. Seasonal changes can create great opportunities for sorting unworn clothes. You'll be happy to have less on moving day and your closets will look bigger to potential buyers. A garage sale is a great way to purge before your home's first showing.
Fix what's broken or damaged.
Determine what house maintenance is in order. To pass a home inspection, certain repairs may be unavoidable. Taking care of these issues now will ease your burden later and improve your sales opportunities. Simple repairs are also well worth the effort. Painting those chipped shutters and replacing the broken banister rail will provide a return in creating the right impression for a timely sale.
Think like a buyer.
This can be the hardest step since we love our homes and generally assume others will too. Accept that potential buyers have different tastes and consider hiring a house staging professional or 'fluffer' who can objectively determine what needs to change. Consider basic staging techniques such as removing clutter; putting away personal items like photos and trophies; cleaning and sanitizing inside and out, from top to bottom; freshening and neutralizing your colour scheme; making your entrance way appealing; eliminating pet and food odours; enhancing the illusion of space, beautifying your backyard. See the 2006 Royal LePage House Staging Report for more information.
Contact Me as your Realtor.
I am your partner in selling what is likely your largest asset. I can assist you in getting your home prepared for sale and in helping you understand the current buying and selling real estate markets. As an experienced, attentive and committed Realtor, I know the market and can put the strength of an established, leading real estate brand to work for you. It's my goal to help you sell your home in the shortest amount of time possible and at the best possible price.
Alternatively, if you have a friend, relative or colleague, who is considering buying or selling, please tell them about me. Your referrals are genuinely appreciated. I will treat your friends and family with the care they deserve so you can be proud you referred me.
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Edge the gardens, clean out debris.
Pull the weeds and rake the leaves.
Prune the plants and wooly shrubs.
Plant some urns by the entrance and flowers to the beds.
Tidy the garage of winter trappings.
Dispose of rusty broken garden décor.
Put out a fresh welcome mat and oil the front door.
Paint the windowsills, mailbox, and anything else that is looking tired.
Place clear light bulbs in exterior fixtures, and ensure burned out bulbs are replaced.
Reseal the driveway.
Hide the garbage cans.
Sweep the step.
Fix the saggy gutters.
Who says cleaning has to hurt? Get the kids involved! Borrow or buy a power washer and have fun cleaning siding, windows, sills, railings, decking and patio furniture.
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Not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale or individuals currently under contract with a Brokerage.