What to do if Your Home Isn’t Selling Fast Enough

You are ready to move.

You have that new job or pay raise and you are ready to relocate or upgrade your living conditions.

You find that new home. You get your financing all set up.

You current home is all fixed up and looking good. You have found a good real estate agent.

The home is listed, you are ready to move, the kids and dogs are ready to move.

All you need to do is find a buyer for your home and life will be grand.

Should I Use A Realtor?

Typically in a good market and with your home being in good condition and priced right it should sell in the first 6 to 8 weeks.

But what happens if it doesn’t sell in the first 2 months?

Zillow’s blog recommends getting feedback from potential buyers to see where the problem may lie.

If it doesn’t sell in the first 6 weeks, many sellers become frustrated, especially if their agent begins pushing for a price reduction.

It’s a common rub: the seller thinks the agent just wants a quick sale, but the agent sincerely wants to help the seller get action. Agents understand that a listing loses momentum and excitement soon after being listed.

Buyers will think of a home as stale, tired, or flawed if it sits on the market too long. Here are some ways to get more traction if your home is not generating offers.

Location, price and condition are key

You can’t change your home’s location, but you do have some control over the other two important buyer considerations. If the home is still sitting on the market after a few months, and especially if it has had no showings or offers, you need to look at the price and the condition. Read the rest here… 

If you happen to have kids, especially a few very young kids, keeping the home in show room condition can be challenging.

Realtor.com has a few suggestions to help you survive the sales process with children.

If you have young kids, you’re probably laughing or having an anxiety attack at this notion. After all, how on Earth can you get hundreds of Lego bricks, piles of dirty laundry, and the remains of that morning’s breakfast out of sight before you hustle everyone out of the house every single day?

Any parent who has shared living space with a toddler will tell you that’s asking a lot.

Get kids to help you declutter

The first task, obviously, is to declutter. Enlist your kids’ help so they feel involved in the process, says Lauren Sheehan, a Realtor® in Portland, OR.

Let them pack their own items

Another way to engage your children’s help is to sit down with them and make a list of their toys, books, clothes, and games, then assign them certain items to pick up and pack away, says Kevin Curtis, a Realtor in Minneapolis, MN. Read more here…

Finally if you are having trouble selling your home, get with your agent and try rearranging the home. Shoot a video tour and put it on You Tube.

Your agent is the professional and they are there to help you maximize your selling price and get the deal done fast as Lyons-Sullivan Realty outlines here.

One way to coax buyers is to be sure you highlight the unique features of your home. Working with real estate professionals like the staff at Lyons-Sullivan Realty will help greatly with this project. 

When listing your home, note versatile spaces like an extra room or a den. Make note of storage space – inside and outside the house. And work with your agent to get some great photos of your home. Buyers today are internet savvy…the first tour of your home will probably be online so make those photos count!

Your agent can also suggest clever ways to make use of the “Location! Location! Location!” principal. Is your home close to schools? A park? Shopping? A particular neighborhood? Try to include some location and convenience information when listing your home.

Finally, make use of any updated or “green” features of your home. Energy efficient appliances like the water heater and the furnace are big selling points. Read the rest here.

Good luck with your home sale! We are in Arizona if you ever need any advice, please look us up!

9 Simple Things Can Help Sell Your House

What to do if Your Home Isn’t Selling Fast Enough