Don’t Make These Common Home Selling Mistakes !!!

Choosing Your Asking Price Without Local Market Knowledge

To arrive at a realistic asking price for your home, be sure to get a comparative market analysis from a full-time REALTOR who is familiar with your market area or neighborhood. Homeowners who assume they can identify what their home would sell for is a lot more than simply checking online listing websites. A realistic value will certainly vary based on available inventory, time of year, recent sales prices and so much more!

Absent-Minded Approach on Your Pricing Strategy

Be sure to use strategy when choosing your asking price! When buyers search real estate websites, they typically use price range parameters, such as homes “between $250,000-$300,000”. If you set an odd or unusual asking price to make your listing stand out, say $303,450, your home would not appear in their search results. In an effort not to miss out on any potential buyers, consider a price that falls within the range, maybe something like $297,600.

Overpricing Because You’re in No Hurry to Sell

Do you think that pricing high and then waiting for an offer will produce the most money? Think again! Even in our current seller’s market, statistics show that overpriced homes generate fewer showings than those priced closer to the market average. Buyer interest is created during the first few weeks after a home hits the market. The longer a home languishes on the market, the less likely it will be shown. Also, when a correctly priced home hits the market, it will more likely go under contract faster and sell closer to the asking price than overpriced homes.

Expecting the House to Sell Itself Without Any Prepping

Even in our current seller’s market, you need to be certain your home is in topnotch condition, both inside and outside, if you want to sell in a reasonable time frame and at a good price. Over the years, I’ve developed a “Pre-List Process” that I follow for all listings to help ensure a home is “Show-Ready”, not only for our professional photo shoot but also for its market-debut.

Getting Emotionally Involved and Taking it Personally

No matter how hard it is, ALWAYS keep in mind that selling your home is a business transaction. SO, don’t take it personally or get offended if you receive a low-ball offer. Consider it to be a great opportunity to open negotiations and know there are ONLY 3 ways to respond – Either a “Yes”, a “No”, OR a “Counter-Offer”.

Trying it Yourself as a “For Sale By Owner”

According to the National Association of REALTOR® 2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, FSBO homes sold for significantly less than homes where sellers utilized the services of a REALTOR. On a national basis, their 2019 Profile further states that FSBO homes sold at a median price of $200,000 vs a median price of $280,000 for those homes where sellers hired a real estate professional!

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About Gail Spada

Gail Spada’s real estate career began in 1990 and it didn’t take long for Gail to discover her love for the industry. In 2001, she began her real estate sales profession with Century 21 Alliance Realty in Spring Hill, FL. Gail has worked diligently to stay on top of her game. She is a Florida Licensed REALTOR® and has earned the following designations/certifications to include: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), ePRO (Internet Savvy Real Estate Specialist), AHWD (At Home With Diversity – One American) and SFR. It is that well-rounded training and experience, coupled with her intimate knowledge of the Hernando County real estate market, that enables Gail to deliver results to her customers.