Have you been envisioning selling your home? Not sure what to anticipate?
Any kind of real estate transaction can be a scary one and selling your home is no exception. After all, you’ve probably lived there for years, maybe decades, or even generations and you’ve put a lot of time, money, and work into that home.
Whatever your reasons for deciding to sell, there’s no denying that it’s an intimidating prospect. There’s a lot to do and a lot to keep track of throughout the entire process and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you’re drowning in a sea of finances and paperwork. Fortunately, Scottsdale based real estate professionals like Camile and Cecilia are there to help you through this tumultuous time.
Now, a lot of people weigh their options and occasionally think they could sell the house themselves. After all, this is the age of Facebook and YouTube. With the wealth of information and exposure available at our fingertips nowadays, how hard could it really be?
Well, the truth of the matter is that there’s a lot more to selling a house than getting people to know it’s there and no amount of textbook knowledge is a substitute for field experience and professional talent. Professional Realtors are just that; professionals. They do this every day for a living and selling your house quickly and for top dollar is their job. It’s their responsibility to take care of the marketing, exposure, filtering genuine buyers from the “just looking” callers, negotiations, and closing the deal, all so you don’t have to.
Reports have shown that homes For Sale By Owner (FSBO) made up only 7% of successful home sales in 2012. That’s because most FSBO homes just don’t sell or they eventually end up listing with an agent anyway. Not only that, but the average price FSBO homes sell for is roughly $40,900 less than the average price of homes sold with professional representation. It is also important to remember that an experienced real estate agent knows the area, they know the value of the homes for sale in Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other Phoenix Area Cities.
So now that you know why you’re better off hiring a real estate agent, what’s left for you to do? Well, plenty, to be honest. Your agent will handle all the technicalities and paperwork and grunt work of selling your home, but it’s up to you to get the house in the right condition to be sold.
There are a lot of ways to go about this and most of them are pretty straightforward. First and foremost, you have to be realistic about pricing. Your agent will help you with this and it’s very important that you heed their advice. They know the real estate market in Phoenix and don’t have an emotional connection to the home and owners who list at the price recommended by their Realtor sell on average 38 days sooner than those who don’t. Next comes the obvious cleaning and removing the clutter the home, removing any personal touches and family pictures (you want buyers to imagine the home as theirs, not yours).
Some additional tips you may not consider, however, can really help you get ahead in the Phoenix real estate market. For example, improving your “curb appeal” goes a long way, as buyers start forming their opinion of your home the moment the drive up to the curb and you only get one chance to make a first impression.
Get a new mailbox, clean the front door, invest in a new doormat and replace the old, worn house numbers with new shiny ones. Also, make sure the windows are washed and the baseboards along the floor are clean, as these are items that aren’t really noticed if they’re done, but they are definitely noticed if they’re not.
If you would like to discuss the prospect of selling your home with the C & C Real Estate Group, contact them today! Find out the value of your home, C & C will provide you will a personalized in-depth home valuation report.