The National Association of Realtors published their annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers for 2013 this month, here are the For Sale By Owner highlights (they can be found at: realtor.org/reports/ ):
Have you ever noticed that certain houses have a distinct smell? My best friend growing up lived in a century old tudor near the lake, his house had such a certain great scent to it.
But have you also noticed that the people living in the house don’t seem to notice that their house has a smell?
Congrats! You’ve done a stellar job in getting your home prepared for sale and your home is the perfect fit for a few different buyers.
You’re looking for the best offer and you want to make sure each is treated fairly. You also want to make sure they don’t get scared away when they find out there are other offers.
When you list your house for sale it instantly becomes a target for burglary. The safety of our agents is something that we’re always working on in my office, especially for anyone that could be vulnerable at showing properties to total strangers.
It’s important to stay proactive in protecting your home when you’re trying to sell it, here are a few tips:
Mary is at the grocery store on a Monday night with two kids in tow, one pulling on her purse as she reaches for an avocado and her cell phone starts ringing.
She grabs her iPhone and can instantly see that someone is calling about her house that she put up for sale by owner. Great!
An easy call to ignore for now, she’ll rely on her super friendly and informative voicemail to handle the heavy lifting.
A reputable escrow/title rep will help you navigate the often treacherous, murky waters of escrow – especially helpful when you sell “by owner.”
You’ll hire their company for things like title examinations, commitments, tax and lien searches, securing of lien/mortgage payoffs, and deed preparation.
Real estate professionals will remind you that by selling your home FSBO there is a good chance that you’ll only save half of the typical commission. This is true & here’s why:
Let’s talk about your knick-knacks, junk, stuff, seasonal decorations, crap, photos, monuments, denominational paraphernalia, small appliances, papers, toys, pens, pencils, and remote controls.
De-cluttering is the single most important step in preparing your home for sale, here are my 5 principles to help you along.