When it comes to selling your home, the sooner you can do it, the better. There is no evil scheme or difficult 20-step program to sell your home fast. Here are some real estate listing tips to help you see your property listings and offers grow:
1. Clean & De-Clutter Your Home
When a potential buyer sees a listing, they imagine themselves living there. It starts with the appeal of the house, so make sure the exterior of the house is attractive, the yard is tidy, and the driveway is clean. When cleaning out the interior, make sure the house looks as big as possible by eliminating clutter. Homebuyers don't want to see toys, mail, or miscellaneous items in the home. Again, the potential buyer imagines living there so make sure that each room is clean and smells good.
2. Use Professional Photography
According to the National Association of Realtors, property photos were the number one most valuable attribute of online listings. Over 83% of homebuyers who view listings online say photography is the most useful feature in choosing which properties to view. Be sure to always use bright, sharp, professional-looking photos that showcase your property's unique features. A great photo can pique a potential customer’s interest, which can decide whether or not they click your ad to learn more.
3. Develop a Marketing Strategy
With over 92% of homebuyers viewing listings online, your digital presence is essential. Don't just list on your local Zillow and MLS. Share your ads on social media, your blog, and through email marketing. If you feel you've run out of digital marketing ideas, try creating a social media flyer. Realtors who are well-versed in their online presence understand the importance of making your home “stand out” from the competition. Again, it all starts with your photography.
4. Price To Sell
One thing that can speed up your selling process is pricing your home competitively. Overvaluing will result in a longer loss in the market and you may end up selling at that lower price – it will just take you longer to get there. If you know your home will be difficult to sell, because of an unusual feature or because you are selling in a slow market, it can sometimes be helpful to offer incentives to potential buyers to sweeten the deal.
5. Hire an Agent
According to 2022 data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 86% of sellers have recently been assisted by a realtor in the sale of their home, so working with a realtor is still a valid route. The advantage of hiring a professional real estate agent is that they know what it takes to sell a home in your area quickly. They will streamline things like contract preparation, negotiation, signing, and closing.