5 Tips to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Despite the recent slowing market conditions, homes are still selling and some homeowners have been able to successfully
beat the odds and sell for top dollar. To model the success of these savvy homeowners, let’s take a look at five
tips to sell your home for top

1. Price your home aggressivelyhouse image
Setting the right price for your home is the single most
important decision you will make when you decide to sell.
Go too high and you risk turning off every buyer in the
marketplace, go too low and you leave money on the table.
One simple but powerful technique for pricing your home
aggressively is to spend the day looking at your competitors’
homes. By doing so you will be seeing the world through
the buyers’ eyes. Be tough and honest with yourself.
Compared to the competition what would be a price that
would position your home as the best value proposition for
buyers in your marketplace?

2. Hire an aggressive listing agent
Not all listing agents are created equal. To find an
aggressive full time agent, take the time to research
the market, talk to friends, neighbors, and colleagues about
who they recommend, and interview multiple agents before
making a hiring decision. Don’t hire an agent just because
they tell you what you want to hear. Make sure your agent
gives you a true picture about values in your marketplace,
even if you don’t want to hear it. In addition, be sure to come
to an agreement about a specific, documented marketing
plan before signing a long term listing agreement.

3. Stage the home & use curb appeal
Buyers won’t pull the trigger unless they become emotionally
invested in your home. To help build a stronger first impression,
start from the outside first by working hard to improve your
home’s curb appeal. Remove the weeds, plant fresh flowers
and spruce up your exterior paint if needed. Next move
inside and stage each space by creating a focal point and
a story for each room. A set dining table, a book by the bed,
or a game in the kids room are all simple examples of staging.

4. Offer incentives & pre-paids
A buyer who has narrowed their search down to two or
three top choices may need a little push to motivate
them to take action. To encourage buyers, many sellers
offer incentives like buying the interest rate down on the
purchaser’s loan, paying for closing costs, inspections,
or repairs, or providing allowances or credits for home
upgrades after closing. In addition, many sellers prepay
for services like internet services for a year, taxes,
homeowners association dues, or even golf
club memberships.

5. Get pre-inspections
Many sellers do pre-inspections of the home to provide
buyers with a clear whole home inspection or pest
and dry rot inspection. (A word of caution: anything
discovered during a pre-inspection will likely need to
be disclosed whether you fix the issue or not).
It’s often easier and cheaper to do needed repairs in
advance than trying to negotiate them later with
an emotional buyer.

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