Do you know what your potential home buyer is looking for? Can you look at your home objectively to see what the buyer sees? Probably not. When you get ready to put your house on the market here are a few tips for a quick sale that will also maximize your profits.
Keep an open mind when looking for a home. Many of us are easily influenced by first impressions but try to stay objective when considering the potential of a home. Whether the current style of the house is good or bad, don’t let looks dictate your decision. An “ugly” house could have very good bones and lots of potential. On the other hand, a beautifully decorated home could be hiding structural problems. In either cases, a thorough evaluation of the home, including a syracuse home inspectors, should be the deciding factor. Not looks alone.
A short sale will negatively impact your credit report. Although there are some industry professionals that say having a short sale on your record is not as bad as a foreclosure they do agree that some creditors looking at your report will not differentiate between the two. Clearly it will leave a large blemish. The good news here is that as more and more borrowers go through foreclosure and short sales the more common it will be on credit reports and the impact less sever.
You should list your home on a “For Sale By Owner” web site. I want to caution you here. A lot of these sites try to charge you a lot of money for things that do not/will not help sell your home. Homebuyers DO NOT spend hours searching “For Sale By Owner” web sites. They work with real estate agents, read the papers, and drive on the streets in the neighborhoods they want to live in.
Make sure your Realtor (now required in California) outlines the short sale contingency terms and conditions. This essentially sets the time frame for approval by the lender which may or may not help.
It is essential to check the roof of the house and the gutters as well. This is sometimes that home buyers neglect to check the upper portion of the house. Make sure that the roofing and gutter is still in good condition. This is to avoid problems later on especially during heavy rains.
The advantage you get by listing your home on the Internet is that you put the URL in your newspaper ads, your flyers, and on your yard sign. Then when a buyer drives by your house or sees your ad they can go on the Internet and see pictures, amenities, and the price. If your house fits their needs and their budget, they will call you. If not, it is less of a bother for you. It can be very frustrating to let lookey-loo’s in your home week after week. Don’t you really only want truly interested buyers at your door? There are many free FSBO websites on the net. Check it out.