Buyers are searching for homes, but supply is not keeping up with their demand!
There are two types of real estate markets: Buyer’s and seller’s markets.
What does this mean for you?
Selling a home in a seller’s market is very different from selling a home in a buyer’s market. Not only will your days on the market be notably fewer, but you might even receive multiple offers on your home, which could drive up your sales price and get you top dollar on your investment.
It’s an excellent idea to take advantage of restrained home supply since it’s the demand that drives competition. The greater the number of potential buyers for your home, the higher the chances are that you’ll make more money.
Another upside to a seller’s market is that homes that would otherwise be difficult to sell in a buyer’s market stand a greater chance of a sale.
Some homeowners believe that once you stick a “For Sale” sign in the front of your yard, the market takes care of the rest. Although it might be easier to sell in a seller’s market, it still takes a lot more to sell a home than hanging a sign out front. It requires strategy.
Top strategy for selling your home in a seller’s market:
Prepare The Home For Sale
Clean, declutter, and make small repairs on your home from top to bottom. Some buyers will overlook little defects in a seller’s market because there are not enough homes on the market and they don’t have many choices. However, your ultimate goal should be to sell your home for as much as you can. This entails having a clean and decluttered home potential buyers could picture themselves calling home. You’d be surprised the difference a fresh coat of paint can make on value perception.
A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words
Once you have your home clean and have taken care of small touch-ups and repairs, your next course of action should be to hire a professional stager. The benefits of staging your home far outweigh the costs that come along with it. Not only will your home look great in photographs but often, it will leave a lasting impression on buyers as they view the home.
Lower The Sales Price
If you set the price a bit below the current market value, this effort will attract more buyers. It also will leave some room for buyers to feel more comfortable bidding above the asking price. Be careful when using this strategy, pricing your home too below its market value, will most likely turn away buyers and decrease the amount of market exposure your home receives.
Set a time for offer review
Let the potential buyers know that you will consider all offers on a specified day and time. Don’t make buyers wait longer than necessary or your strategy could backfire, and they might withdraw the offer.
Review Seller’s Market Offers
After all of the offers are received, make notes on each offer so that you are aware of not just the sales price but other factors such as:
- The amount of the earnest money deposit
- Whether the offer is all cash or if finance & the proposed type of financing
- Amount of down payment
- Waiver of standard buyer inspections or contingencies
- Seller costs, including proposal to pay the buyer’s closing costs
- Unusual requests or allowances
- Some buyers will send photographs of themselves, often including their pets or their children. They might write letters to the seller, talking about why they want to buy the home and sharing a bit of personal information.
Buyers are searching for their new home right now! If you are considering selling your home this year, the early months of 2018 will be your best option. Contact me today to capitalize on current market conditions and get top dollar for your home.