Selling a Home: Complex, Time-Consuming, Emotional
As a seller, success hinges on three primary factors which we can control:
pricing: our in-depth market analysis gives you fact-based decision-making capability,
presentation: our included staging services & comprehensive advice help make our listings stand out, and
maximum exposure: our business success gives us the resources to invest in web features, marketing, technology & tools so that buyers will find your listing, wherever they look.
Each of our listings gets between 6,000 and 10,000 monthly views. Our website gets about 120,000 to 160,000 page-views per month.
We work full-time as a team and thus can provide a degree of availability, communication, transaction management and overall process oversight that is impossible to match for single agents & totally out of reach for part-timers.
When you list your home with us, we work side by side with you to help you prepare for the market and then stage your home for optimal presentation: IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE!
We manage the complexity, significantly reduce your time investment, provide expert advice and comprehensive information and stay on top of things on your behalf from beginning to end.
The sale of your house involves what for most is one of the biggest life-time financial decisions. It is a process with multiple interdependent steps. You will need to answer many questions including:
How much is my house worth now?
What should I do to improve its appeal?
What repairs and enhancements should I consider?
How do I best handle prospects and buyers?
What are these contingencies?
How about inspections?
What's the impact of the appraisal?
What should the marketing strategy be?
How important is the internet in today's market?
How can I maximize exposure?
How can I protect myself
Who pays for what?
What are legal requirements and implications?
What forms need to be used and filled out?
How can I protect myself and be in compliance?
and many others...
Multiple parties are involved in the transaction and need to be coordinated including prospective buyers, their agents, attorneys, property inspectors, appraisers, repairmen, mortgage companies, town real estate offices, utilities, etc. There are multiple forms to be obtained and filled out, including legally mandated disclosures. See the links below for more information on how I add value.
Since the peaks of early 2007 housing prices have dropped. The magnitude of the drop is highly variable by location, type of house, price range and condition of the house. Homes continue to be bought and sold, some even above list price and with multiple offers, but that tends to be the exception. As a seller or potential seller, the drop in market prices will certainly be a concern for you. On average, if you bought your home after 2004 or so and want to sell now, you may have to reconcile yourself with the fact that you may have a loss, perhaps even a significant one. A loss, and even a less-than-expected gain are certainly unwelcome prospect for any seller. Consider, however, that you may also be a buyer and thus, while you may hurt a bit as a seller, you will benefit as a buyer by getting a better deal on that transaction.
The following exhibit shows projected home appreciation at the NATIONAL level (as of end of 2014). Connecticut has consistently lagged the National market for several years. The second one shows year over year price appreciation as published in December 2014: CT was negative.
Nobody knows how long it will take for real estate prices to fully recover.
If you are a seller or potential seller, know that Spring through Fall are the peak activity months. It is in your own interest to not miss out. In today's buyer's market it is even more important than ever to make sure your house is in optimal condition, presented for best impact and marketed effectively. So there may be some preparation and lead-time involved in order to get the best results. Consider too, who your likely buyers will be.
ACT NOW to get things started. Contact Me, Call Me at 860-305-8967 or Email me. I will be happy to engage with you, give you recommendations to position your home for the market, estimate the current market value, show you what other homes are on the market that will compete with yours for buyer's attention. When listing with me I will help you stage your home for best impact.
If you are getting ready to sell or thinking about selling, you have come to the right place, take the next step and contact me.
If you own a home that has been on the market for a while, I can help you revamp your approach.
Pricing Right is always important. What is "right" depends on the fundamentals of the house and how well they show. Thus LOWERING THE PRICE IS NOT ALWAYS THE ONLY OPTION
Invite me over and I will give you proven ideas that may save you thousands of dollars.
You are competing with lots of homes and the name of the game in today's market is:
CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION!!!
You only have ONE CHANCE to make a great FIRST IMPRESSION
Selling a home in today’s market is not easy!
The inventory is higher than usual and you have to make your home compete, not only on condition and price but also on marketing exposure: How do you get exposure?
Advanced Real Estate sites, (see below for the internet sites I include in my listings)
Efficient direct local marketing and,
A full-time agent that can dedicate the time to make sure that all buyers that are in your home’s price-range, look at your home and know about all the wonderful features it offers.
Click the tab "STAGING YOUR HOME" above for some tips. Also check the "Prepare Your Home" tab for general ideas. I can get much more specific once I know your house and your situation and priorities.
INTERNET SITES I INCLUDE AS PART OF MARKETING YOUR HOME
(90% of buyers come from internet exposure)
Realtor.com , Zillow.com, Trulia.com (the must-have sites, includes 25+ pictures, virtual tour and scrolling text) Usually ready 48 business hours after listed. My listings are on the first page of search results for Tolland, Coventry, Mansfield, Ellington and Willington as they rotate as "Featured Homes". Only a few such slots exist for each location.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties: (30 pictures and virtual tour). Site usually ready within 48 business hours after listed.
- NYTimes.com (Ready 4 to 5 days after listed, this site links into Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices site above)
- Marilukafka.com (The site you are on now; my own site, an add-on feature site of of Realtor.com) ready 48 business hours after listed)
- Worldproperties.com (International specialty site from Realtor.com)
- Realestate.yahoo.com (Yahoo Real Estate Site)
- Wall Street Journal Real Estate Section
- HartfordCourant.com: Leading Connecticut Newspaper
- CTreal.com: Connecticut Statewide Multiple listing Service (MLS)
- Related websites that pick up the listing from CT MLS
AND MUCH MORE!! YOUR HOME WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING SITES:
The menu bar on the left link to a lot of information that is likely to help you understand the process, think it through and take action. Additionally, the following articles are a great place to start if you're looking for information about the sales process and how you can get more for your home when you decide to sell.
|The Basics of Marketing Your Home||How to Set a List Price for Your Home|
|Get Your House Ready to Show Buyers||Why Use a Realtor when Selling a Home|
|Finding your home’s value online|