Strategies for Selling a Vacant Home

Written by Neda Dabestani-Ryba


Strategies for Selling a Vacant Home

By Neda Dabestani-Ryba Prudential Carruthers REALTORS

Homeowners employ one or more of these strategies to hastenrepparttar sale of a vacant property and protect it duringrepparttar 150436 process. Giverepparttar 150437 house a lived-in look to thwart any unwelcome visits. Set a couple of lamps on timers, and have a neighbor or friend check onrepparttar 150438 house daily to take in mail, park a car inrepparttar 150439 driveway, and close and open drapes and windows. Continue using a gardening service or hire someone to cutrepparttar 150440 grass regularly. Duringrepparttar 150441 winter months, arrange to have snow shoveled fromrepparttar 150442 walks and driveway. If you removerepparttar 150443 furniture, haverepparttar 150444 house cleaned and painted. Furniture, rugs and decorations tend to hide or minimize imperfections. When furniture and artwork have been removed, every blemish and bruise becomes accentuated, faded paint and wallpaper become more noticeable and scratches and nicks stand out. Repaint brightly and boldly colored rooms to a neutral tone. What was an eye-popping room when fully-furnished may appear stark and small when empty. Leaverepparttar 150445 utilities connected. Depending onrepparttar 150446 season, make surerepparttar 150447 thermostat inrepparttar 150448 house is set at a comfortable level. You don't want a potential buyer to run throughrepparttar 150449 home because it is too hot or cold. Leave behind a few select pieces of furniture and keeprepparttar 150450 window treatments in place. Instead of producing a spacious appearance, an empty room tends to look smaller than a furnished room. A chair or lamp on a small table will confer a sense of scale and help potential buyers gauge whether their furniture will fitrepparttar 150451 space.

What Should You Do If Your Home Isnít Selling?

Written by Neda Dabestani-Ryba


What Should You Do If Your Home Isnít Selling?

By Neda Dabestani-Ryba Prudential Carruthers REALTORS

It can be very frustrating to put your home onrepparttar market, expecting a fast sale, only to find that after six months youíre still waiting for an offer. What can you do? First, determine if itís a result of timing. You may have started worrying too soon. If it has been only a month and you havenít gotten a bite, not to worry. The time a home stays onrepparttar 150435 market is related torepparttar 150436 marketís strength, which varies regionally. According to The 2003 National Association of REALTORSģ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, two-thirds of all homes sold inrepparttar 150437 United States in 2003 sold within two month, withrepparttar 150438 average sale taking place within five weeks. However, homes inrepparttar 150439 Northeast and West sold slightly faster (four weeks) than those inrepparttar 150440 Midwest and South (five weeks). Of course, other factors may be responsible for your home not selling. Inaccurate pricing. A house priced at market value piquesrepparttar 150441 interest of real estate professionals and buyers, while overpricing chases them away. Even ifrepparttar 150442 seller adjustsrepparttar 150443 price later, itís difficult to recapture peopleís interest. Because itís only natural to overestimaterepparttar 150444 value of oneís home, homesellers should depend on factual reference points, such as an appraisal and comparables (Comparable Market Analysis or CMA) to help estimate market value. Real estate professionals prepare comparables by examining similar properties that recently sold in a neighborhood. This practice isrepparttar 150445 best way to arrive at a realistic asking price. Insufficient exposure. If youíre selling your home on your own, you may want to consider using a real estate professional. As reported inrepparttar 150446 previously mentioned NAR study, buyers were most likely to learn aboutrepparttar 150447 home they purchased through a real estate professional. Sales professionals develop comprehensive marketing strategies to sell a home. They generally use open houses, yard signs, MLS, newspaper ads,repparttar 150448 Internet and brochures to give a property maximum exposure. Limited interest and thinly attended open houses may indicate a need for more exposure.

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