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Dianne Long
REALTOR®, GRI
(804) 897-3041

Selling Advice

 

Two of the basic questions home sellers ask most often are "How quickly?" and "How Much?" The answers to "How quickly can you sell your house?" and "For how much money?" greatly depends on local real estate market conditions and on preparations you, the seller, make prior to putting a house on the market.

 

Price It Right

If you set your selling price too high, you risk limited viewing from potential buyers. Price it too low and you may sell it more quickly, but at the possibility of making less money on the sale.

No matter how beautiful your home may be, buyers will compare it to other homes for sale in the market at that time. Therefore, pricing your home correctly is one of the most important factors in getting your home sold. To properly set your price, and your expectations, you will want to examine the record of home sales in your neighborhood over the past several months. Your Real Estate Agent is here to help and can provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). 

The Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) will provide data regarding recent home sales (size, price and number of days on the market) as well as information about homes that have not yet sold. It allows you to view trends and other critical information that can be beneficial as you set a competitive price.

In addition to considering historical pricing information and market trends, it is recommended that sellers also think about including other incentives in the sales offering such as home warranty, assistance with closing costs, etc.

 

Work With a Professional

My vast experience will give you an advantage in your local market. I can help you prepare your home for sale by facilitating pricing, physically preparing a home for sale, navigating negotiations and much more. I am adept and experienced in working with other real estate professionals including home inspectors, home appraisers, mortgage bankers, title companies, and can guide you through the entire real estate process from selling a current home to purchasing a new home.

I have have first-hand knowledge of how to best market your home and employ an array of marketing programs to attract potential buyers.

 

Optimizing the Home Inspection

At some point in the sale process your home will be inspected. Planning a pre-sale inspection can help determine potential issues and enable you to address them prior to putting your home on the market so you are fully prepared for a smooth sales process.  If defects are found during the inspection, it is a good idea to correct them.

 

Get the Job Done: Curb Appeal

Preparing your house for sale entails making your home appear "move in ready" in order to attract the greatest numbers of potential buyers. This is a critical element in your selling preparation. Creating curb appeal is no small feat but greatly worth it in the long run. To get started, follow the tips below.

  • Inside your home, begin by removing personal effects such as photos and memorabilia. While these are the items that make your home yours, your goal is to create an environment that a potential buyer can envision as their own.
  • Clean everything inside and outside of your home and develop a plan to keep your house attractive during the sales process. To help present the cleanest and brightest home, open the curtains and turn on the lights during open houses and when real estate agents are conducting showings.
  • Consider enhancing rooms with a fresh coat of paint and be sure to repair items that need attention. While major remodels may not be necessary, broken items should be repaired.
  • Outside, consistently maintain a mowed lawn and consider planting seasonal flowers. Also, trim hedges, trees and bushes.

  

Prepare to Negotiate

In real estate, the final selling price is negotiable. Plan to negotiate when an offer(s) is received. For example, before you lower the price, you may be able to add value to the transaction by including appliances and / or closing costs. I will assist you with crafting counter offers and negotiating tips and techniques.

 

Seal the Deal

Once you come to terms on the sale price, it is in your best interest to close the deal as quickly as possible.  To more easily and quickly complete the transaction, it is prudent to have disclosure documents and home upgrade and enhancement records available.

Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. All properties are subject to prior sale, change or withdrawal. Neither listing broker(s) or information provider(s) shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, misprints and shall be held totally harmless. Listing(s) information is provided for consumers personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Information on this site was last updated 05/27/2022. The listing information on this page last changed on 05/27/2022. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange program of CAAR MLS (last updated Fri 05/27/2022 7:25:45 AM EST) or CVRMLS (last updated Fri 05/27/2022 7:28:17 AM EST) or Williamsburg MLS (last updated Fri 05/27/2022 6:55:40 AM EST) or NNAR MLS (last updated Fri 05/27/2022 7:26:50 AM EST) or Chesapeake Bay & Rivers (last updated Thu 05/26/2022 8:50:59 PM EST). Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Napier Realtors ERA may be marked with the Internet Data Exchange logo and detailed information about those properties will include the name of the listing broker(s) when required by the MLS. All rights reserved. --


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