Strategies for Selling a Vacant HomeWritten by Neda Dabestani-Ryba
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Review your homeowner's insurance policy with your insurance agent to find out what stipulations and coverage are for your vacant home. If available in your area, consider employing a home manager or house sitter. At little or no cost to homeowners, house is furnished and decorated for show-to-sell condition. Most companies require home managers to mow lawn, shovel snow, even pay pool maintenance and utilities. Having someone living on site discourages vandalism, protects against deterioration and weather hazards and may even reduce insurance costs. (Check with your insurance carrier.) Using a service of this kind may help you sell house faster and at a better price, while relieving you of property management duties. Search Internet for professional house sitters in your area. Find a real estate professional with experience selling vacant houses. Very often, these sales professionals specialize in relocation. You want to make sure that you are comfortable with your lines of communication. If you will be residing in another town, come up with an agreement on how often your representative will check on home and what should be done if a problem develops. Although a vacant house presents certain challenges, it does not need to be difficult to sell. Just keep it spotless and in show-to-sell condition, inside and out.
Neda Dabestani-Ryba is a licensed Realtor in Maryland. She is a member of the President's Circle of Top Real Estate Professionals. She can be reached at (800) 536-3806 or visit her website for more information: http://neda.dabestani.pcragent.com/ Prudential Carruthers REALTORS is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Equal Housing Opportunity.
What Should You Do If Your Home Isn’t Selling?Written by Neda Dabestani-Ryba
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Condition and appearance of a home. Sellers shouldn’t rely on buyers to use their imagination; they need to capture it. Remember that buyers may see seven or eight homes in a single day. The most memorable home will be one that seemed brightest, most spacious, most cheerful. This invariably means rearranging and eliminating furniture, removing excess knickknacks and so on, to create an open, uncluttered look. Outside, do a visual check of front of house from across street. Does it have curb appeal? It should look inviting, with a trimmed lawn and a freshly painted front door. A real estate professional can offer some guidance in this area. Terms/conditions. Even if home is accurately priced, and buyer is delighted with what he or she sees, if buyer can’t live with terms of sale, he or she may walk away. What sort of terms or conditions have you placed on sale? Evaluate how this may be affecting a potential sale. Less-than-desirable neighborhood. Normally, there’s not much a homeowner can do about surrounding neighborhood. But if your home is not selling and you’ve examined every other factor, this may be something to consider. For homeowners who can postpone selling and are aware that certain issues need to be addressed on neighborhood level, now is time to join or organize a town beautification group. By time you’re ready to sell, today’s eyesores will have been eliminated.
Neda Dabestani-Ryba is a licensed Realtor in Maryland. She is a member of the President's Circle of Top Real Estate Professionals. She can be reached at (800) 536-3806 or visit her website for more information: http://neda.dabestani.pcragent.com/ Prudential Carruthers REALTORS is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Equal Housing Opportunity