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27 Valuable Tips you should know to get your home SOLD FAST....
and for TOP DOLLAR!


Because your home may well be the largest asset, selling it is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. To better understand the home selling process, a guide has been prepared from current industry insider reports. Through these tips you will discover how to protect and capitalize on your most important investment, reduce stress, be in control of your situation, and make the most profit possible.

  1. Understand Why You Are Selling Your Home
  2. Before Setting Your Price Do Your Homework
  3. Do Some "Home Shopping" Yourself
  4. Do Some "Home Shopping" Yourself
  5. When Getting an Appraisal is a Benefit
  6. Tax Assessments - What They Really Mean
  7. Deciding Upon a Realtor
  8. Ensure You Have Room To Negotiate
  9. Appearances Do Matter - Make Them Count
  10. Invite the Honest Opinions of Others
  11. Get it Spic n Span Clean and Fix Everything, Even if it Seems Insignificant
  12. Allow Prospective Buyers To Visualize Themselves in Your Home
  13. Deal Killer Odors Must Go!
  14. Be a Smart Seller - Disclose Everything
  15. It's Better With More Prospects
  16. Keep Emotions in Check During Negotiations
  17. Learn Why Your Buyer is Motivated
  18. What the Buyer Can Really Pay
  19. When the Buyer Would Like to Close
  20. Never Sign a Deal on Your Next Home Until You Sell Your Current Home
  21. Moving Out Before You Sell Can Put You at a Disadvantage
  22. Deadlines Create a Serious Disadvantage
  23. A Low Offer - Don't Take it Personally
  24. Turn That Low Offer Around
  25. Maybe the Buyers Not Qualified
  26. Ensure the Contract is Complete
  27. Resist Deviating From The Contract

1. Understand Why You Are Selling Your Home.

Your motivation to sell is the determining factor as to how you will approach the process. It affects everything from what you set your asking price at, to how much time, money and effort you're willing to invest in order to prepare your home for sale. For example, if your goal is for a quick sale, this would determine one approach. If you want to maximize your profit, the sales process might take a little longer thus determining a different approach.

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2. Before Setting Your Price Do Your Homework.

When you set your price, you make buyers aware of the absolute maximum they have to pay for your home. As a seller, you will want to get a selling price as close to the list price as possible. If you start by pricing to high you will run the risk of not being taken seriously by buyers and their agents. Pricing too low can result in selling for much less than you were hoping for.

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3. Setting Your Home's Sale Price

If you live in a subdivision - If your home is comprised of similar or identical floor plans, built in the same period, simply look at recent sales in your neighborhood subdivision to give you a good idea of what your home is worth.
If you live in an older neighborhood - As neighborhoods change over time each home may be different in minor or substantial ways. Because of this you will probably find that there aren't many homes truly comparable to your own. In this case you may want to consider seeking a Realtor to help you with the pricing process.
If you decide to sell on your own - A good way to establish value is to look at homes that have sold in your neighborhood within the last 6 to 12 months, including those now on the market. This is how prospective buyers will assess the worth of your home. Also a trip to City Hall can provide you with home sale information in it's public records, for most communities.

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4. Do Some "Home Shopping" Yourself.

The best way to learn about your competition and discover what turns buyers off is to check out other Open Houses. Note floor plans, condition, appearance, size of lot, location and other features. Particularly note, not only the asking price, but what they are actually selling for. Remember, if you're serious about getting your home sold fast, don't price it higher than your neighbors.

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5. When Getting an Appraisal is a Benefit

Sometimes a good appraisal can be a benefit in the marketing of your home. Getting an appraisal is a good way to let prospective buyers know that your home can be financed. However, an appraisal does cost money, has a limited life, and there's no guarantee you'll like the figure you hear.

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6.Tax Assessments - What They Really Mean

Some people think that tax assessments are a way of evaluating a home. The difficulty here is that assessments are based on a number of criteria that may not be related to the property values, so they may not necessarily reflect your homes true value.

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7. Deciding Upon a Realtor

According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly two thirds of the people surveyed who sell their own homes say they wouldn't do it again themselves. Primary reasons included setting a price, marketing handicaps, liability concerns, and time constraints. When deciding upon a Realtor, consider two or three. Be as wary of quotes that are too low as those that are too high. All Realtors are not the same! A professional Realtor knows the market and has information on past sales, current listings, a marketing plan, and will provide their background and references. Evaluate each candidate carefully on the basis of their experience, qualifications, enthusiasm and personality. Be sure you choose someone that you trust and feel confidant that they will do a good job on your behalf.

If you choose to sell on your own, you can still talk to a Realtor. Many are more than willing to help do-it-your-selfers with paperwork, contracts etc., and should problems arise you now have someone you can readily call upon.

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8. Ensure You Have Room To Negotiate

Before settling on your asking price make sure you leave yourself enough room in which to bargain. For example, set your lowest and highest selling price. Then check your priorities to know if you'll price high to maximize your profit, or price closer to market value if you want to sell quickly.

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9. Appearances Do Matter - Make Them Count.

Appearance is so critical that it would be unwise to ignore this when selling your home. The look and feel of your home will generate a greater emotional response than any other factor. Prospective buyers react to what they see, hear, feel and smell even though you may have priced your home to sell.

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10. Invite the Honest Opinions of Others

The biggest mistake you can make at this point is to rely on your own judgement. Don't be shy about seeking the honest opinions of others. You will need to be objective about your home's good points as well as bad. Fortunately, your Realtor will be unabashed about discussing what should be done to make your home more marketable.

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11. Get it Spic n Span Clean and Fix Everything, Even if it Seems Insignificant.

Scrub, scour, tidy up, straighten, get rid of clutter, declare war on dust, repair squeaks, the light switch that doesn't work and the tiny crack in the bathroom mirror because these can be deal killers, and you'll never know what turns buyers off. Remember, you're not just competing with other resale homes, but brand new ones as well.

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12. Allow Prospective Buyers To Visualize Themselves in Your Home.

The last thing you want prospective buyers to feel when viewing your home is that they may be intruding into someones life. Avoid clutter such as too many knick-knacks, etc. Decorate in neutral colors, like white or beige and place a few carefully chosen items to add warmth and character. You can enhance the attractiveness of your home with a well placed vase of flowers or potpourri in the bathroom. Home decor magazines are great for tips.

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13. Deal Killer Odors Must Go!

You may not realize but odd smells like traces of food, pets and smoking odors can kill a deal quickly. If prospective buyers know you have a dog, or that you smoke, they'll start being aware of odors and seeing stains that may not even exist. Don't leave any clues.

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14. Be a Smart Seller - Disclose Everything.

Smart sellers are proactive in disclosing all known defects to their buyers in writing. This can reduce liability and prevent law suits later on.

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15. It's Better With More Prospects

When you maximize your homes marketability, you will most likely attract more than one prospective buyer. It is much better to have several buyers because they will compete with each other, a single buyer will end up competing with you.

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16. Keep Emotions in Check During Negotiations.

Let go of the emotions you've invested in your home. Be detached using a business like manner in your negotiations. You'll definitely have an advantage over those who get caught up emotionally in the situation.

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17. Learn Why Your Buyer is Motivated.

The better you know your buyer the better you can use the negotiation process to your advantage. This allows you to control the pace and duration of the process. As a rule buyers are looking to purchase the best affordable property for the least amount of money. Knowing what motivates them enables you to negotiate more effectively. For example, does your buyer need to move quickly? Armed with this information you are in a better position to bargain.

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18. What the Buyer Can Really Pay.

As soon as possible, try to learn the amount of mortgage the buyer qualifies to carry and how much his/her down payment is. If their offer is low, ask their Realtor about the buyers ability to pay what your home is worth.

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19. When the Buyer Would Like to Close.

Quite often, when the buyer would "like" to close is when they need to close. Knowledge of their deadline for completing negotiations again creates a negotiating advantage for you.

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20. Never Sign a Deal on Your Next Home Until You Sell Your Current Home.

Beware of closing on your new home while you're still making mortgage payments on the old one or you might end up becoming a seller who is eager (even desperate) for the first deal that comes along.

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21. Moving Out Before You Sell Can Put You at a Disadvantage.

It has been proven that it's more difficult to sell a home that is vacant because it looks forlorn, forgotten and no longer an appealing sight. Buyers start getting the message that you have another home and are probably motivated to sell. This could cost you thousands of dollars.

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22. Deadlines Create a Serious Disadvantage.

Don't try to sell by a certain date. This adds unnecessary pressure and is a serious disadvantage to negotiations.

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23. A Low Offer - Don't Take it Personally.

Invariably the initial offer is blow what you and the buyer knows he'll pay for your property. Don't be upset, evaluate the offer objectively. Ensure it spells out the offering price, sufficient deposit, amount of down payment, mortgage amount, a closing date and any special requests. This can simply provide a starting point from which you can negotiate.

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24. Turn That Low Offer Around.

You can counter a low offer or even an offer that's just under your asking price. This lets the buyer know that the first offer isn't seen as being a serious one. Now you'll be negotiating only with serious offers.

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25. Maybe the Buyers Not Qualified.

If you feel an offer is inadequate, now is the time to make sure the buyer is qualified to carry the size mortgage the deal requires. Inquire how they arrived at their figure, and suggest they compare your price to the prices of homes for sale in your neighborhood.

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26. Ensure the Contract is Complete

To avoid problems, ensure that all the items, costs and responsibilities are spelled out in the contract of sale. It should include such items as the date it was made, names of parties involved, address of property being sold, purchase price, where deposit monies will be held, date for loan approval, date and place of closing, type of deed, including any contingencies that remain to be settled and what personal property is included in the sale.

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27. Resist Deviating From The Contract

For example, if the buyer requests to move in prior to closing, just say no. That you've been advised against it. Now is not the time to take any chances of the deal falling through.

If you're thinking of selling your Maggie Valley/ Waynesville Real Estate, please give us a call. We will be happy to meet with you to discuss the value of your home, and to guide you through the selling process.

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Contact me today and let’s get started!

Jerry Lee Hatley
Re/Max Mountain Realty
P.O. Box 1351, Maggie Valley, NC 28751
cell: (828) 230-1082
email: jerryhatley@bellsouth.net

CDPE website: http://www.hosted.cdpe.com/167450/

 

 

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