Selling Your Northwoods Property
The professional real estate agents at Eliason Realty will make the process of selling your Northwoods property as smooth as possible. With local expertise and knowledge of the market nuances, we can assist you in pricing and marketing your real estate right through to the closing transaction.
Steps to Selling
Once you've decided to sell, you'll be thinking about a whole host of details, like how to get your home ready for sale, when to put it on the market, and how much to ask for it. An Eliason Realty listing agent can help you with all that and more.
Meanwhile, here are recommended steps that will help ensure your home sells fast and for top dollar.
1. Make a Good First Impression
An attractive, well-maintained home will generally sell faster and for a higher price than a similar home that looks drab or run-down. When you prepare your home for sale, take a critical look inside and out. If you're having trouble being objective, ask your Eliason Realty agent, a neighbor or a friend to help. Watch for places and things you can clean up, repair or replace.
2. Know the Market
Your home will be competing with similar homes for sale in and around your neighborhood, so it's a good idea to know which homes are on the market and what their asking prices are. Take a leisurely walk or drive through the area to look for signs, check local newspaper and Internet listings, and make sure you ask your agent for a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), which includes information on area homes for sale. All of this will help you when you work with your agent to determine the fair market value of your own home.
3. Price Your Home Correctly
Pricing your home too high can discourage offers from serious buyers. On the other hand, pricing your home too low won't leave you much room to negotiate. And most homes sell at fair market value – not above it. That's why intelligent pricing is so important. Work with your Eliason Realty listing agent to determine the best price for your home.
4. Make Sure Your Home is Marketed Effectively
It's tough to sell your home if no one knows it's for sale. An Eliason Realty agent can create maximum exposure for your home using our Web site, direct mail, home books and other marketing tools. This unique combination of services means your home is actively marketed every single day until it's sold. That's our service guarantee.
5. Prepare for Showings and Open Houses
Showings and Open Houses let potential buyers personally tour your home to see if it fits their lifestyle. Your goal should be to create an environment where potential buyers can visualize how the space will fit them. This includes removing items from your kitchen counters and arranging your furniture to create a simple, spacious appearance, so it's easier for buyers to see themselves living there.
6. Negotiate the Terms of the Sale
Buyers and sellers usually expect to negotiate the price and terms of a home sale. You can speed up this process if you evaluate and respond to offers and counteroffers in a timely fashion. Don't worry if you're not personally comfortable negotiating; your Eliason Realty agent has great experience and will help you through this process by handling all negotiations.
7. Review the Home Inspector's Findings
Most buyers will request a home inspection before completing the sale. Once they have the inspection results, many buyers request certain repairs. As the seller, you should receive a written copy of the inspection report. Be sure to review it carefully so you understand the nature and extent of any problems and repairs a buyer may request. Your agent should help you respond to the inspection, clearly stating what you will take care of, how and when.