The ActiveRain Real Estate Network published a survey of 1000 REALTORS® and posted the results of the Top Home Sellers Mistakes. The report confirmed that there are certain things a Seller should avoid if they are trying to get their home sold for the best price in the least amount of time.
The article goes on to say, Sellers need to understand that eliminating as many hurdles as possible to the sale of your home will help you achieve your desired outcome.
Working with your real estate agent to minimize the impact of each of these mistakes will make the sale of your home a reality.
The top 6 mistakes REALTORS® commonly see made by homeowners looking to sell their house are…
- Sellers Unwilling to Negotiate with Buyers
Setting a market price on a home is not an exact science. Many real estate agents will give the seller a range in which they predict the home will sell. As a seller, you should always want the most money the market will bear. That being said, the unwillingness to negotiate with buyers can turn away even the most serious buyers.
- Seller Unwilling to Make Repairs Prior to Listing
No seller wants to spend a few thousand dollars making repairs to a house you are about to sell. Agents understand that. But they also understand that few buyers want to move in to a house that needs a bunch of work done immediately upon moving in.
- Unpleasant Odors in the House
“You can’t sell it, if you can smell it.” Most agents aren’t going to be this blunt. But in some cases they wish they could be. What they do know is that nothing will stop a potential buyer in their tracks faster than a strong odor of any sort.
- Cluttered Space – Unwilling to Depersonalize or Remove Clutter
Sellers are sometimes unwilling to either make the effort, or unwilling to compromise how they live in their home during the time the home is on the market for showings. Serious sellers realize that by depersonalizing the home and removing unwarranted clutter, it allows potential buyers to more easily visualize their own things in the house.
- Showing Availability – It’s Difficult to Set a Showing
The chances your home will sell when buyers can’t get in to physically inspect the property are minuscule. Sellers need to understand that listing a home for sale is going to lead to some inconveniences in your normal routine.
- The # 1 Seller Mistake is an Overpriced Home
Nothing shocking here. This was far and away the most common mistake sellers make that prevent them from selling their home.
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