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Q: How much is my home worth?
The potential market value of your home is based on a variety of factors. Location, age and condition are just a few. Pricing your home according to what it's really worth in today's market is a critical step in the selling process and can be the difference in a home that sells quickly and one that lingers on the market. That's why you'll want a professional assessment of your home's value that takes into account similar homes in your area currently for sale as well as recently sold homes in your area. Request a free home value assessment.
Q: What is the best time of year to sell my home?
Although spring is generally considered the prime selling season, other times of year when inventory is lower and there is less competition may work just as well. Discuss your options with your Realtor® who can advise you based on their knowledge of your local market.
Q: How much work needs go into my home before I list it?
While any obvious repairs are a must, there might not be as much to do as you think. Before embarking on any major updates, talk to your Realtor® who can offer professional tips on what to do or not to do. Request a free consultation on preparing your home for sale.
Q: How long will it take to sell my home?
That depends on the market, the price of your home and your Realtor®'s marketing strategy. In a hot market, competitively priced homes are likely to sell within days. Homes in a slower market or ones that are priced too high or are in poor condition may take longer to sell. And as a general rule, the higher the asking price the longer your home will take to sell since the pool of qualified buyers is smaller.
Q: Is staging really important?
Actually, it is. Since buyers often can't visualize living in your home the way you do, it's a good idea to help them out. To ensure your home appeals to the broadest audience possible (which can help you sell for highest price possible in the shortest time possible) be sure to clean, declutter and depersonalize. And even minor updates like a new, neutral paint color can make all the difference.
Q: Should I be present when buyers view my house?
Never. This can intimidate or annoy buyers, causing you to lose out on offers.
Q: How much will I pay in commission?
Commission is typically 6% of a home's sale price, which is split between the seller's agent and the buyer's agent. This number can vary, though, depending on your market and what you and your agent agree on. Be sure to interview several top agents in your area to find someone who you feel comfortable working with.