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Is Now The Time To Sell?
10 Tips To Help Sell Your Home That Won’t Break The Bank
How To Determine Price
Preparing Your Home For Sale
For Sale By Owner Or With Agent?
Must Do Repairs Prior To Sale
Finding Hidden Buyers
Staging Your Home
Making Your Home Irresistible
Negotiating Tips For Sellers
10 Don'ts In Selling Your Home
What is a Short Sale?
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10 Don'ts In Selling Your Home

  1. Don't put your house on the market until both you and it are ready. While this may sound obvious, eager sellers often list their home before it is ready to show and before they fully understand the consequences of a sale. Make sure you've done your homework on pricing and have decided on both the listing price and what you wish to net from the sale. You should have already made the decision on selling by owner or with the help of an agent, and you know which firm you will use to help you. You've checked your closing papers or with your mortgage company to see if your loan has a pre-payment penalty, and all of your touch-ups, clean-up, repairs, or improvements are 100% complete.
  2. Don't let emotions cloud your decision making process. Once you've decided to sell, the house is no longer your home; it's a commodity you wish to dispose of. When you're too emotionally attached to it, it's difficult to be objective. Remember, buyers aren't trying to offend you with low offers or criticisms of your home; they are looking for the right home for themselves at the lowest possible price. You will probably do the same thing when you look for a replacement. Never counter an offer with, "take it or leave it." Most often, even if they are interested, they'll leave it. Being turned off by a buyer's comment or offer makes it difficult to analyze and make a proper counter offer.
  3. Don't panic if the home doesn't sell quickly. If the home hasn't sold within a reasonable time, (ninety-days) don't assume you have to lower the price. If your home looks great and you've done your homework on pricing, remain firm, but try to discover the cause of the sluggish response. Are you getting enough traffic? Do you have meaningful feedback? Is there something else you can do to make the home more appealing?
  4. Don't call your agent for daily updates. Your agent should call you regularly to report on activity. Don't bother them with constant calls. You need them on your team, and will turn them off by pestering them with constant requests for updates. A good agent will keep you informed; it's in their best interest. If they don't, you may have made the wrong choice. (To avoid this problem, click on the tab, Recruiting the Experts.
  5. Don't price your home at your "must have price." Few buyers will be willing to pay your asking price. Everyone wants to negotiate with the assumption you've added in more than you are willing to take. Give potential buyers the satisfaction of getting a better deal. But, you must be realistic in your initial price. If the market doesn't justify your asking price, you're asking for trouble by pricing it too high. If you truly want to sell your house, you must be flexible. And, don't price it high just to see if you can snare an uneducated buyer. You'll make it more difficult to sell and when you do lower the price later, buyers may wonder if there's a problem with the house.
  6. Never disclose your "must have price" to your agent. While your agent represents you, they also have a vested interest in making a sale. They may reveal your information to another agent if they think it might make the deal. Of course it's unethical to disclose confidential pricing information to the buyer's agent, but it's happened many times.
  7. Don't do extensive remodeling prior to sale. Especially don't over-improve for your neighborhood. While there are legitimate repairs or improvements that you may need to make, understand that major renovations rarely recoup their costs. Put your money where it will benefit you the most. For more information, click on the tab, Must Do Repairs Prior To Sale.
  8. Don't select your agent based upon a relationship with them. Ask neighbors for recommendations. Find out which agent is most effective your area. Doing your homework here will pay huge rewards and can save a lot of grief or hurt feelings.
  9. Don't try to cover up problems with your home. Most states require sellers to disclose problems-potential or actual-with their homes. Not being honest opens you to a lawsuit after the sale. Consider hiring a home inspector to do a pre-inspection. While you'll have to pay $250-$400 for their services, you'll be aware of potential problem areas and can begin addressing them. Buyers will respect your openness and, though they probably will still want their own inspection, they will be more comfortable knowing that someone has already thoroughly reviewed the home.
  10. Don't accept an offer you don't fully understand. And, don't just accept your agent's explanation. If you don't understand something, get clarification or consult a good real estate attorney. The price you'll pay will be worth it in peace of mind.


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