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5 Tips For House Sale By Owner 2015
5 Tips For House Sale By Owner 2015
1. Market pricing
One option is to hire a professional to give you an appraisal on the home. However, that can be an unnecessary expense. You can do some research on your own by going online to the sites you'll use to list your home. See what other homes with similar square footage, rooms and features are going for in your area. Then, list your home competitively, but leave some wiggle room for negotiation in the process.
2. Good pictures
These days, most homebuyers are going to shop online . They'll narrow down the list by browsing online listings before ever stepping foot into a home. This is why you need eye-catching photos.
"Think of your listing as your open house," Udelson says, "Take great photos with a high-quality camera, and post a lot of them."
You best bet is to use a high-definition camera and natural lighting. Figure out the time of day when your home looks best, or shoot rooms at different times of the day. Open the curtains wide, and get as much natural light in as possible. This will make your photos look more natural-looking, and make your home look more appealing.
3. A detailed listing
When you're writing your listing, be sure to include lots of detail. The pictures will help, but they won't stand alone, especially if potential buyers are looking for specific features in a home.
Not sure what to write? Check out other listings that attract you. What do you like about those listings? What stands out most about the home? If you're still stymied because you're not that comfortable with writing, find a friend who can write the listing for you. Or hire someone for a few bucks from a site like Fiverr, where you can find a semi-professional writer to do a great job for $5.
4. Be available
Once your listing is up, potential buyers will likely come to you. Are you ready?
Udelson says being available in multiple ways is essential for good marketing. In other words, potential buyers should be able to reach you by email, phone or in person. Some prospects will email first and won't want to meet in person until later. That's OK. Your goal is to engage prospective buyers in conversation, and try to get them to look at the home in person eventually.
Also, be sure to welcome calls and interest from agents. "Just because you elect to sell without an agent," Udelson says, "doesn't mean that the buyer should be expected to go without."
On this note, be prepared to work with a potential buyer on arrangements for showing the home. If the buyer is coming with an agent, you can most likely leave the home, allowing the agent to take his client through. But if you're showing directly to a buyer, you'll need to be there to highlight the best points of your home, and answer any questions the prospect might have.
5. Get ready for closing
Before you even start marketing your home, it's important to know what you'll need for closing. This can be a complex process with lots of paperwork. You'll need to stay on top of the paperwork, and make sure your buyer is on top of things, especially if the buyer doesn't have an agent. Closing is one good reason to use a FSBO sellers website, since many of these sites have helpful information to walk you through the closing process.
Selling your home on your own isn't easy. There's a reason Realtors have full-time jobs, after all! However, if you have the time and effort to put in, and you want to save money, there's never been a better time to go DIY when it comes to selling your home.