Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Selling your home in a buyer's market can be very frustrating - You may have to slash your price, or allow your home to sit on the market until it becomes stale. What are some steps you can take to improve your odds?

1. Videotape your house, inside and out. View the tape as if you were the buyer. Be objective about what you see and change the problems.

2. Get feedback from buyers and other agents who have shown your home. Ask them to be direct and to not sugar coat the comments. Listen and try to correct the problem areas.

3. Promote your home internet listing. - post FREE on lauralei.net, craigslist, postahouse.com and numerous other free sites.

5. Try to leave buyers to browse if your home is being shown . If your home is listed with an agent, this is easier to do. Simply, put the kids and the pets in the car and drive away. . The owners presence during a showing makes it uncomfortable and difficult for buyers to talk, look in closets, etc. which they must do before they will buy.

6. Neutralize your colors. Most buyers prefer pale, light, neutral, calming color schemes. White exteriors outsell all other colors; interior preferences are light.

7. Make sure your home is priced to sell - price and location are the two most important factors for a speedy sale.

8.If you've tried all the tricks of the trade and your price is in the market, wait for a better season of the year or more aggressive market to sell your home, if possible.
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