Allison Jaffe's Blog
One of the toughest choices to make when selling a home can be choosing a bidder. Often because sellers don’t expect this to be a difficult decision! It seems like it would be straightforward. You might think you should accept the first offer or maybe you’re in the camp of accepting the highest bid. And while both of these choices are valid there are other factors to take into consideration. Factors that can make selling your home even easier and relatively hassle-free.
One of the biggest fears people have and one that really throws a wrench in the process is potential buyers backing out of a deal or asking for pricey repairs. And for this reason, I suggest looking closely at all of your bids to review the concessions and contingencies each contract contains as well as the type of financing each buyer will be utilizing.
For example, one thing to look for is earnest money. This is money in an escrow account either held by the real estate agent or the buyer and seller and shows the buyer’s commitment to their bid. It gives the buyer more time to sort out their financing but is also seen as a guard against the buyer walking away mid-agreement.
What is the stability of a buyer's financing? What institution is it coming from? Do a search online to learn more information about each buyer’s finance provider. A buyer may pay in cash, offering a larger down-payment or be pre-approved for a loan.
Sometimes buyers will also include a contingency in their contract to not begin payment until they have sold their own home. If this is something you are not comfortable with this bid might belong in your “No” pile despite a higher bid or down payment.
Are they asking you to cover any expenses? They may ask for the attorney review fee to be waived, inspection fees to be covered or costly repairs to be made before closing. Again, are you okay with covering these costs? Do the math to see if these requests bring down the value of the bid. Depending on how much of an investment they are asking for you to make this could create a less enticing bid.
Sometimes, choosing a bid is less about the numbers and more about convenience. If you are in the middle of shopping for a new home yourself, bidders who offer flexibility on the move in/out date could move to the top of your “Yes” list. Sometimes buyers want to keep furniture or appliances from a home, which could make moving a much lighter load.
If your head is spinning from all of these different factors to take into consideration when choosing a bid, that’s okay! This is why working with a real estate agent is so beneficial. Look to your agent for advice when weighing out the benefits of each bid and on making the final decision.
Selling your home can be an exciting time because it usually represents a positive change in your life. Chances are, putting your house on the market means you're moving up in your career, expanding your family, or even retiring.
Regardless of the reason you're selling your home, one thing's for certain: You'll want the process to go as smoothly as possible!
The first step to making that happen involves choosing a real estate agent who's experienced, easy to work with, familiar with your neighborhood, and ready to help you navigate the many twists and turns of selling your home. If this is the first time you've sold a home -- or if you haven't done it in a decade or more -- you'll need lots of advice on everything from pricing your home correctly to enhancing its appearance and making the best possible impression on potential buyers.
Since you usually don't get a second opportunity to make a great first impression, there are two crucial concepts to remember that can make or break your chances of selling your house at the best price and in a relatively short period of time.
Curb Appeal: One of your top objectives in listing your house is to attract as many qualified buyers as you can. The first hurdle you'll need to clear is making your property look inviting from the outside.
Whether you're selling real estate or consumer products, attractive packaging is what catches people's attention and draws them in. The outside appearance of your home and yard is the first thing that triggers either interest or disinterest among prospective buyers. House hunters often make a snap decision in a matter of seconds about whether to pursue a real estate listing, and that decision is typically based on factors like the condition of your lawn, the neatness of your shrubbery, and the appearance of the exterior off your house.
Basic ways to enhance your home's curb appeal would include applying a fresh coat of paint, maintaining a manicured lawn, and -- if the season allows -- placing colorful potted or hanging flowers on your porch or near your front door. Good curb appeal advice would vary, depending on the style, size, layout, and condition of your property, so the best place to turn for customized curb appeal ideas would be your real estate agent.
Home Staging: Most people are familiar with the concept of home staging, but don't necessarily know how to go about it in the most effective way. Part of the problem stems from the fact that homeowners can't objectively look at their own home and see what needs to be improved or changed. Outside opinions, such as those from a professional home stager, Realtor, or home decorator, can be extremely helpful. If you happen to have a friend or relative with a flair for home organizing or decorating, they may be willing to provide you with some productive suggestions, too!
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The home selling journey sometimes can be complicated. Lucky for you, we're here to remove the guesswork commonly associated with selling a house.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you enjoy a fast, successful home selling experience.
1. Identify Your Home's Strengths and Weaknesses
You may have taken great care of your house over the years, and now, your hard work is about to pay off. In fact, if you assess your home's strengths and weaknesses, you may be better equipped than ever before to transform your residence's weaknesses into strengths.
Sometimes, it helps to conduct a home inspection before you list your residence. An inspection enables a property expert to evaluate your residence both inside and out. Then, you can receive an inspection report that details any underlying problems with your house and correct these issues prior to adding your home to the real estate market.
2. Set an Aggressive Initial Home Asking Price
Establishing an aggressive initial home asking price is paramount. Because if you set a competitive initial home asking price, you likely won't have to wait long before you start to receive offers to purchase your house.
To determine how to price your house, you should review the prices of recently sold houses in your area and other real estate market data. Plus, it may be beneficial to perform a home appraisal to receive a property valuation that accounts for your house's condition and the current state of the real estate sector.
3. Hire an Expert Real Estate Agent
Navigating the house selling journey often is tricky, particularly for sellers who choose to work alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals can offer expert guidance throughout the property selling journey.
A real estate agent understands the home selling journey varies from seller to seller. As such, this housing market professional will craft a custom home selling strategy to help a seller achieve his or her desired results. A real estate agent also will do everything possible to promote a residence to potential buyers and ensure a seller can optimize the value of his or her house.
Furthermore, a real estate agent is happy to provide a recommendation about how a seller should proceed with an offer to purchase a house. He or she can help a seller determine whether to accept, reject or counter a property buying proposal. And if a seller has any questions about an offer to purchase, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them.
When it comes to selling a house, it is crucial to get as much help as possible. If you collaborate with an expert real estate agent, you can gain deep insights into all aspects of the home selling journey. Perhaps most important, you can receive comprehensive assistance throughout the property selling journey and increase your chances of enjoying a fast, successful home selling experience.