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When Is the Best Time Of Year

To Sell Your Home And Put It On The Market


For many thinking about selling their home, the time of year you put it on the market can be a significant factor in how quickly it will sell. There are certain months within the year that can improve a seller’s chances of getting their home sold, and this is what I'd like to share with you.

For many years seasonal trends have been charted in an attempt to better define the window of opportunity for sellers. Traditionally late spring and through the summer months have been thought of as the best times because demand builds during this time of the year and more people are out looking to purchase.

When you pause to think about this it makes a lot of sense. For one, couples with children don’t have to worry about uprooting their kids in the midst of a school year. Moving in the summer makes for a much smoother transition from one school to the next. Also, in general, the spring and summer provide a more relaxed work schedule for people and they are therefore able to make time for vacations and major events such as moving. Generally volumes peak in the months of June, July and August.

When Is The Best Time To Sell Your Home? 

You'll avoid market competition by listing your home earlier in the year, think January, February and March, assuming you are ready and comfortable with this strategy. As a seller, your goal should be to capitalize on this demand-rich environment and offer incentives for buyers to choose your home over alternate choices available. 

If you are considering selling your home even when you owe more than your home is worth or would like to learn more about plausible strategies as a seller I would be happy to listen to your real estate goals and aspirations in order to guide you to an exciting and enjoyable outcome! 

Selling can entail a variety of marketing strategies. Once listed, it's likely that your home will be quickly entered into the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and in our national as well as international Century 21 site, Realtor dot com as well as over 100 highly visible internet sites where millions of buyers begin their search to find their next home.

Much of my work will be quiet and unseen – yet important. The quiet telephone calls, the work with contacts, arranging for and marketing open houses, the follow-ups with open-house visitors, conversations with ad respondents, web postings and other outreach efforts are all part of the process required to sell homes. I will create a marketing plan for your home that will help distinguish it in our local marketplace here in Henderson and Las Vegas Nevada to attract buyers to your property. 

The single most important factor to consider when selling a house is the home price tag: how much your house is worth. You don't want to overprice the house because you will lose the freshness of the home's appeal after the first two to three weeks of showings. After 21 days, demand and interest wane. On the other hand, don't worry about pricing it too low because homes priced below market value often will receive multiple offers, which will then drive up the price to market. Pricing is all about supply and demand. It's part art and part science! 

Price is the biggest motivating factor right now!  Price will trump staging any day of the week. With that said, let’s get to the topic on why staging is becoming more and more of a must.

Staging:

Having a home that shows well may garner you a better offer. Remember, the first rule of all showings is that the buyer must be able to see themselves living in your home. To do that, before buyers come by to see your home, follow these rules:

1. De-clutter – too much stuff takes away from what the home really looks like. The buyer ends up spending more time looking at all of your stuff than trying to figure out if the home will work for them. So back a POD into your driveway and dump all of your belongings that you can live without into the POD until it’s time to move.

2. Remove furniture – unless you’re a minimalist, you probably have too much furniture. Pack that in your POD as well and open up the rooms. They’ll not only look larger, they’ll be more inviting. Only keep the right amount of furniture in the room to show what the room is intended for.

3. Keep it neutral – don’t go crazy with the colors or the carpet. It may look blah and vanilla to you, but buyers want it that way. Remember, they are thinking about their own touches and style for the house. You don’t want them to remember how hideous the purple wall was in the dining room.

4. Avoid theme rooms – you may love the New York Giants Shrine that you've built, but a Californian or Minnesotan may not have the same enthusiasm for your favorite team. Buyers that like contemporary are going to have a hard time with the Elizabethan room in your home. Keep it simple.

5. Clean and clean again – this should go without saying, but your home has to look like “Mr. Clean” lives there all the times.

Try these tips before showings...it will help you get a better offer!

If your goal is to sell your home at the best price possible, at top dollar and in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of stress and inconvenience to you, call us at 702-677-8796 today. 

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