Most homeowners enlist the services of a real estate agent to market their home and perform a variety of tasks, including reaching out to a network of buyers' agents, preparing the home for viewing and dealing directly with prospective buyers.
That shouldn't preclude sellers from being knowledgeable about the process, however.
"The most important thing in pricing and getting your house sold fast is to do your homework," said Michael Corbett, a real estate expert at Trulia, a housing information and listing website.
Trulia and other online real estate sites, such as Redfin.com andZillow.com feature searchable maps and home sales data.
Look up what similar homes have sold for in the last 30 to 60 days and how long they've been on the market. You can also see whether those homes sold for less or more than their initial asking price.
2. BE PATIENT
Some sellers may be tempted to press their agent to list their home well above comparable sales. Others may want to briefly test the market with a high price only to relist the home later. This strategy usually backfires!
"Ideally your goal is to price it perfectly so that it sells immediately," Corbett said. "The longer a property stays on the market, the more it becomes stale, and it's very hard to garner momentum once a property is stale."
3. SET A DEADLINE
One strategy that can help create competing bids among potential buyers is to require that any offers be made within the first week or two that the home is on the market.
The approach, coupled with hosting an open house as soon as the home goes on sale, works best on homes that are priced competitively, said Justin Thayer of Team Thayer.com
"That's a strategy where you can certainly try to get as many offers as quickly as possible," he said.
4. STICK WITH LOCAL AGENTS
When it comes to selling your home, the ideal agent should be an expert on your neighborhood. They will be in position to know even which transactions might be in the works but not yet available on public records -- key to gauging how to price your home.
When evaluating prospective agents, find out the pricing of their recent sales to see whether the homes sold for less or more than initially priced.
"You want to get their track record, you want to understand their philosophy and what that listing agent has done in the past, because it's highly likely they're going to repeat that same success or failure," Krupsaw said.
Also, ask how the agent would handle being approached by an independent buyer looking for the agent to represent them in their bid to buy your home.
Taking on a so-called unrepresented buyer can earn the agent a higher commission, but it's nearly impossible for them to only consider your best interests and not those of the other party, Krupsaw noted.
5. WEIGH COMMISSION OPTIONS
Traditionally, listing agents will charge sellers a 5 or 6 percent commission on the sale price of the home. This commission is typically split equally between the selling agent and the buyer's agent, although many listing agents often split their own share with their brokerage.
Sellers can negotiate for a lower commission, but it could make their home less of a priority for the agent than the other properties they may be working to sell.
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The world of real estate can be confusing, and sometimes, even with careful planning,mortgage payments can be difficult to make. If you find yourself faced with options like foreclosure, bankruptcy or a short sale, it’s important to understand your choices.
A short sale is for those who do not qualify or do not want to refinance their home mortgages. In this situation the seller can accept a lower bid for the property to increase the chances of a quicker sale. This requires that the lender agree to accept a payment lower than the balance owed on the mortgage. The lender takes a loss but gets at least some (or even most) of its money and both parties avoid foreclosure.
Short sales can be a long and complicated process and require a streamlined communication line between seller and mortgage lender. Most creditors require that the borrower show that financial hardship is preventing them from making mortgage payments. Different creditors require varying conditions and documentation, so be prepared to negotiate. A good way to start is by gathering a letter of authorization to allow your agent to get information from your lender, a closing net sheet, proof of income and assets, copies of bank statements and a comparative market analysis. Once you receive an offer from a potential buyer, you must contact your lender and ask for approval for that specific offer.
If you are considering purchasing a house through short sale, you can get a great deal. But there are some special considerations that you will have to consider. For example, not all short sales are great deals — it’s a good idea to factor in the cost of any necessary repairs or of the tax ramifications before you sign on the dotted line.
For buyers, the biggest advantage is the prospect of buying a property at a big discount. Short sale homes usually are in better shape than foreclosures, with more cooperative sellers.
As a buyer, short sale homes can be more complicated; it’s a good idea to consult a real estate agent or attorney to help with the deal.
If you are a struggling homeownerit’s important to look over all of your options, iAlthough short sales are not necessarily pleasant transactions, they can be worth investigating if you are struggling to make mortgage payments each month or if you are looking to buy a home. Equally important is the fact many Real Estate brokers are not up to the difficult task of selling a Short Sale. Make sure the agent you hire has a good track record closing short sales with all the different banks.
Team Thayer is one of most successful short sale listing brokers in Oregon. No matter where you live in the united states you can call Justin Thayer for advice on all things short sale including finding a qualified short sale broker in your area @ 541-543-7287.