Whether you are interested in selling your home with or without the aid of an agent, there are several factors that will affect the appeal of your home to others. It is important for the seller to understand what processes are involved when selling a property. It is also important to have some knowledge on what can speed up the process of selling because time is money.
At InTheHouse.com, we feel so strongly that you should use a qualified professional to help you through the home selling process, that we do not allow FSBO (For Sale by Owner) listings on the site. You need an agent's help... you just have to MAKE SURE that you get the RIGHT agent for YOU and your family!
(Writers Note about our experience: We just bought a house ourselves and although we have an extensive knowledge of the local real estate market and I was actually a real estate agent myself for a short time (2 yrs), we didn't even consider not working with a full time agent. We were much better suited to handle the process ourselves than most people becuase of our involvement with InTheHouse.com, but we didn't hesitate to contact a "professional" agent in our city.
She handled EVERYTHING and although we saw many homes online, we only had to visit two of them and we bought the one we loved... that night! It was a complete pleasure, and just two weeks before, we had only been talking about the idea. Now we have a beautiful home, with a full office with separate entrance, parking, a great yard and much more... and we are paying less than we were for all of it, than we used to pay in monthly rent for a small apartment.)
When thinking of hiring an agent, consider which qualities you want/need in that agent. Do a little research, ask friends and associates about their experiences with local agents. Prepare a list of your expectations and keep it with you when you are selecting a Real Estate Sales Representative.
Ask about specific items, Virtual Openhouse Tours, traditional promotion, feature sheets, marketing plans, online promotion through InTheHouse.com and other popular websites, scheduling of showings, etc.
Remember... you are paying this person a substantial amount for their expertise, find out what you can expect in exchange.
Your time is an important consideration when selling a home and you should choose your agent carefully. You want to sell your home as quickly as possible for the highest price. Your agent should be dedicated to his or her profession and familiar with real estate laws, local banks, mortgage brokers, lawyers and other agents in your region.
Regardless of whether or not you decide to listen to my advice and recruit the services of an agent and their team, it is necessary for you to understand the factors that affect the marketability of your home.
For example, consider first impressions. Is your home clean? Is there anything you can do to make your home look more attractive? New carpets? Paint? Your agent should provide you with some advice on how much effort you should put into improving the aesthetics of your home. For example, do you have squeaking doors, bad doorknobs, leaky faucets or stains in sinks? There are many Internet sites that provide advice and hints on improving the aesthetic value of your home including this one. Many of these hints are simple, inexpensive and very effective. Below are a couple of links which are particularly helpful. Exterior Fixes that Don't Cost a Fortune
Inexpensive Fixes for your Home's Interior
GST and Real Estate Transactions
Return on Renovations
The Benefits of using a Virtual Openhouse