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Sell Your Home Faster with These Realtor Tips

Edie Israel

After years of executive sales and marketing experience as well as entrepreneurial success, Edie entered into the real estate market of Southern Calif...

After years of executive sales and marketing experience as well as entrepreneurial success, Edie entered into the real estate market of Southern Calif...

Oct 29 4 minutes read

If you want to sell your home faster, talking to an experienced, local Realtor® can yield some of the best advice you’re likely to find.

Local Realtors® know the market well and they can tell you exactly what buyers are looking for right now. This can not only help you sell your house faster, it can help you command top dollar. 

To put yourself in the right frame of mind to sell your house, try thinking like a potential buyer might. 

To Sell Your Home Faster, Make a Fabulous First Impression

Research tells us that potential buyers know within seconds of walking in the door whether a home is a good fit for them. This means you must pay close attention to what they’ll see when they come in. 

Leave your house for a few hours to run errands or catch a movie. When you come home, enter through the front door — just as your potential buyers will. Try to think like a buyer and see your house through fresh eyes.

Focus on what you can do to make that first impression really pop. That might include getting rid of clutter, cleaning fingerprints off the light switches and door jambs or adding a vase of fresh flowers in the foyer. 

Remember, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. If you can achieve this for your buyers, they’re more likely to forgive other imperfections.

California Buyers Prioritize Energy-Efficient Homes 

California sets the pace for environmental standards in the U.S., and buyers tend to gravitate toward homes that are more energy-efficient. For many, that’s because they care about the environment, but for almost every buyer, the promise of reduced energy costs is a highly desirable amenity. 

If you have energy-efficient features in your home, make a note of them — especially if you’ve had home improvements done to reduce energy use — and ask your agent to help you promote those features. 

If you haven’t made any upgrades, consider making some quick, cost-effective improvements, such as adding a smart thermostat. You can also have a home energy audit done (some companies do basic audits free) to see where you can make improvements. If the results show that your home is in good shape, efficiency-wise, you can share the report with potential buyers.

Sell Your Home Faster by Making it Easy to Show

Most real estate professionals will agree that, assuming you price your home correctly, making it easy to show is the best way to get offers flowing in quickly. Unfortunately, many sellers don’t realize how critical this is — or they don’t want to go through the hassle this may require.

The bottom line is, potential buyers don’t want to wait to see houses. They need to tour listings at their convenience, not the seller’s, and they want to do that without having the sellers (or their pets) in the home. It can be uncomfortable to tour a listing with the sellers present, and if potential buyers can’t see every part of the home — inside and out — because you have pets locked away in a particular room or in the backyard, you’re going to severely limit your buyer base.

If you want to sell your home as quickly as possible, be prepared to do whatever it takes to accommodate potential buyers from the minute the listing goes live. Be ready on a moment’s notice to pack up the kids and the pets and clear out before the potential buyers arrive — and stay away until they’ve finished. 

These are just a few of the tips that can help you get the best result when selling your Yorba Linda home. The Edie Israel Team works with both buyers and sellers, tailoring our recommendations to help you achieve your goals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you sell your home faster.

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