Real estate markets fluctuate. Sometimes the changes are barely perceptible and at other times the changes are marked and widespread. Sometimes the real estate market can be really hot and there are buyers lined up to purchase quality homes. In these markets, the right home, in the right neighborhood at the right price, will get snapped up the same day at list price or even over list price. This is more likely the case in your local residential real estate market today…IF your property checks all the right boxes. If your house doesn’t, your experience may mirror something closer to the following scenario.
At other times real estate markets can be rather soft, which means a house might stay on an MLS listing for weeks or even months without getting any offers! Like politics, all real estate is local. And that often goes beyond what province or city you are in. It gets as granular as neighborhood, street level, and even location on the street!
Homeowners who are selling their homes in the second kind of market are often surprised and dismayed to discover just how long it can take to sell their property. ESPECIALLY when everyone is talking about how HOT the residential real estate market is.
Having a property that sits on the market for so long, a stale listing, will be disruptive to your life and likely cause your stress and frustration levels to rise. This is especially the case if you have to wait for the sale of your own home in order to buy another home or move to a different city.
Whether you’re choosing to sell your house yourself, or you’re using the services of a real estate agent, here are some tips to help you sell your house as quickly as possible.
Here’s how to sell your home fast in any city
Selling your home is a SALE. And in every sale, you need to start by capturing the attention of potential buyers. This means making your home stand out, or doing something that makes someone stop and look. Sometimes all it takes is something as simple as, say, a red-colored door in a neighborhood of bland doors. Maybe it’s an oddball price that makes people look twice. Maybe it’s a funny title in a marketing brochure.
Improving your home’s curb appeal is so important. And while it’s important to capture a buyer’s attention, it sure helps when the product you are selling, in this case, a home, has many redeeming features. But sometimes all it takes is getting noticed to get the ball rolling.
Differentiate from the neighbors
To draw in a potential customer, you should try to make your home memorable. Consider putting colorful designs such as high-quality windows, landscaping or even a new roof. These things will improve the look of your house and raise its value.
But maybe you are tight on cash or time and that is out of the question. Or maybe you aren’t even sure it’s worth the time and effort to spruce up your home because the added expenses and time spent may not get you a selling price to make it worthwhile.
It would be wise to speak with your realtor or a home buying professional like Sunrise Home Buyers to get an experienced opinion. You may be surprised to know we don’t buy every house that comes our way and we even advise some homeowners to do what is best for them even if it means we don’t purchase their home. Watch some of the Sunrise Home Buyers video reviews to see if what I am saying is true! Or read this blog post to get a better idea of how we buy houses and come up with an offer price.
Remove the clutter
It is crucial to eliminate all the clutter from the house before showing it off. This is because people need to picture themselves in that space. Therefore, you might want to get rid of some of your furniture and many personal belongings to create a larger space. You don’t need to create a sterile environment and remove all your family photos and other personal belongings. Having said that, if your home looks like this, you may want to consider it!
It’s great to celebrate your family and all the great moments you have shared together. But when selling your home, it’s important to not overdo the personal belongings and clutter so any potential buyers can easily envision themselves living in your home.
Because your goal is to sell your home, not impress others with your decorating skills……right?
You can also hire an expert to help you clean and declutter on your behalf. It could well be worth it to hire someone who declutters for a living to help you organize and store your belongings in such a way that your home seems as roomy as possible. Check out one of our recent blog posts to give you even more downsizing and decluttering ideas. Or reach out to a local member of the Professional Organizers in Canada could be a wise decision. Consider it.
Sweeten the deal
Do you really want to sell your home faster in your local real estate market? Then learn how to sweeten the deal! You can offer unique terms that will sweeten the pot. For instance, paying the closing costs for your customer.
You can also advertise flexible terms and timelines in your MLS listing. Sometimes it is about the price. But sometimes it’s not. Some would-be homebuyers are just as concerned about the flexibility of the timelines when trying to purchase a home. They may be moving from another city or have other personal circumstances that make their purchase a bit more difficult to pull off than the average buyer. Telling everyone the flexible benefits you can offer will attract more attention from those who are hunting for the best house deals in Edmonton.
Market your house everywhere
As you promote your house, be sure to market it everywhere you can. Use social media, websites, blogs, videos, and anything else you can think of to get the word out about your house. While Kijiji was the FSBO go-to website for so long, we are seeing more and more people migrating to Facebook Marketplace to list their property. Even if your real estate agent is marketing the property, you should do your own marketing to promote the property too…just make sure you discuss it with them first!
Here’s another way to sell your house fast that you might not know about…
Did you know that there are full-time home buying companies out there that buy houses for cash? And they tailor their house buying offers to what the home seller wants, NOT the other way around?
At Sunrise Home Buyers, that’s what we do! We find properties and buy them for cash… we’ll even buy them as-is and we close very, very quickly…often in as little as a week or two…if that’s what you need. But, if you need 3 months we can make that timeline work too! What we offer is flexibility in making the sale of your home meet your unique needs.
If you want to market your house yourself hoping to get the highest offer possible, go ahead — we’ve given you some great strategies in this blog post.
But if you want to act really fast and sell your home right away to local home buyers like us for a fair price, get in touch at (587) 982-7576. We have over 35 years of combined experience buying, fixing up, and selling homes. Put our experience and VAST NETWORK of contacts to work on your behalf. It all starts with a low-pressure, no-obligation conversation. You have nothing to lose!