Maryland Homes For Sale

No-Nonsense Fact Sheet for Sellers


A NO-NONSENSE FACT SHEET FOR SELLERS

THE BEST CHANCE FOR SELLING YOUR PROPERTY IS WITHIN THE FIRST SEVEN WEEKS. STUDIES SHOW THAT THE LONGER A PROPERTY STAYS ON THE MARKET THE LESS THE SELLER WILL NET.

It is important to price your property at a competitive market value at the signing of the employment agreement. The market is so competitive that even over-pricing by a few thousand dollars could mean that your house will not sell. Interestingly, your first offer is usually your best offer. Here are the reasons for pricing your property at the market value from the start in order to net you the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time.

An overpriced home:

  • Minimizes offers
  • Lowers agent's response
  • Limits qualified buyers
  • Lowers number of showings
  • Lowers numbers of prospects
  • Limits financing
  • Wastes advertising dollars
  • Nets less for the seller

MOST PEOPLE ARE TURNED OFF BY EVEN THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF UNCLEANLINESS OR ODOR WHEN BUYING A HOME. SELLERS LOSE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT ADEQUATELY CLEAN.

If your house is squeaky clean, you will be able to sell your house faster and net hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more. If you are planning on moving, why not get rid of that old junk now so that your house will appear larger? Make more space. Odors must be eliminated especially if you have dogs, cats, or young children in diapers or if you are a smoker. You may not notice the smell, but buyers do! Most agents have a difficult time communicating to their sellers about odor. By employing me to get the most amount of money for my seller, do not take offense if I must confront you about odor problems.

TOP SELLING AGENTS WILL NOT SHOW YOUR HOME IF BOTH THE KEY AND ACCESS ARE NOT READILY AVAILABLE. THEY DO NOT HAVE TIME TO RUN AROUND TOWN ALL DAY PICKING UP AND DROPPING OFF KEYS. THEY WANT TO SELL HOMES!

The greatest way to show a house is to have a lock box! When your home is being shown, please do the following:

  • Keep all lights on.
  • Keep all drapes and shutters open.
  • Keep all doors unlocked.
  • Leave soft music playing.
  • Take a short walk with your children and pets. Leave the premises.
  • Let the buyer be at ease and let the agents do their job!

PAINT IS YOUR BEST IMPROVEMENT FOR GETTING A GREATER RETURN ON YOUR MONEY.

Paint makes the whole house smell clean and neat. If your house has paint chipping, exposed wood, or looks faded, it is time to paint. If your carpet is worn, dirty, outdated or an unusual color, you may need to seriously consider replacing it. Many houses do not sell because of this problem. Don't think that buyers have more money than you have to replace it. They don't. They simply buy elsewhere.

YOUR FRONT YARD IMMEDIATELY REFLECTS THE INSIDE CONDITION OF YOUR HOUSE TO THE BUYER.

Maryland has a good climate, therefore outdoor activities are important. People enjoy their yards. Make certain that the trees are trimmed so the house can be seen from the street. Have the grass mowed, trimmed and edged. Walkways should be swept. Clean away any debris. Remove parked cars. This all adds to curb appeal. If a buyer does not like the outside, that person simply drives on.

YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THE URGENCY OF COMPLYING WITH THESE SUGGESTIONS IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR HOUSE SOLD FOR THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF MONEY IN THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME.

Joanne Baker-Pruner