For those of you who
have been holding back to sell; it's time to get your home in order; or
What about the economy?
Have real estate home values increased or decreased; should you put your
home, farm, camp, land or business on the market now or wait a bit longer
to see what happens?
My answer is that no
one really knows since our national economic conditions and specifically
the real estate market in general is dependent upon a lot of national and
local/area factors that are extremely difficult to predict and rely upon.
So what do you do?
Have faith and just
hope that things will get better, or plan for the worst and prepare for
In either case, my
recommendations would be about the same ... get back to the basics.
Make sure that your property is priced within (+/-) 10% of it's current
Fair Market Value. If you don't know what the fair market value is ... don't
guess, get a current certified real estate appraisal. Do this first.
Not knowing exactly what your property is worth will waste your time, a
qualified prospective buyers time and may cost you a lot of money and frustration
until you get it right.You'll end up with no shows, and the inability of
good prospective buyers to get financing/a mortgage for your home/property.
Make sure that your property looks it's best from curb to closet. Curb
appeal is your first chance to make a lasting impression on a prospective
quality buyer; so don't mess it up, clean it up! Clean
up the yard, trim trees, rake leaves, remove weeds clutter and trash, plant
some flowers. Before a prospective buyer walks into your home ... Clean,
Clean and Clean some more.
Prepare to Move. Since your ultimate goal / objective is to sell
and move; start by removing and packing up unnecessary family clutter. Get
rid of anything that you don't need to use on a daily basis such as nick
nacks, family photos, wall hangings, collectibles etc.. Box it all up and
if necessary put it in a self storage unit until you move. Keep in mind
that you're selling your home and not all of your stuff.
gather up all of your home's documents to include deed/title, real estate
tax bills/receipts, map/plot plan, recent utility bills and appliance documents
etc. It's also a good idea to have blank Offer to Purchase Forms and other
forms required by New York State on hand for a highly motivated buyer. You
can get these forms from your Real Estate Attorney or you can order them
online through my website by clicking on the "Real Estate Legal Forms"
banner shown above.
Marketing 101. The success of selling any type of product is ultimately
dependent upon mass exposure of the product to the market place/prospective
the word out. List your property on nnyRealty.com, place ads on Craig's
List and newspapers with your online nnyRealty link. It works!
Price your property within +/- 10% of it's fair market value.
Make sure that your property looks it's best from curb to closet.
Prepare to Move.Pack it up. Gather your home documents together; deed,
map/plot plan, tax bills, appliance info. and Offer to Purchase Forms.
You need to spend some time and money to get your property exposed to
prospective buyers. nnyRealty.com can help.