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Pitfalls to Avoid When Selling a Home

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Pitfalls to Avoid When Selling a Home

When handling an important transaction such as selling a home, you can make some mistakes. But with a few tips, you can avoid the pitfalls.

While learning from personal mistakes can be priceless, it is best to take the lessons from other people’s mistakes especially when there are financial implications involved. To most people, selling a home is a huge financial decision and it involves a lot of emotions. As such, it is easy to make mistakes more so when you are not well-versed with the real estate landscape.

Selling a home without an agent

It is true that real estate agents can demand high commissions, attempting to make the sale without their help can be disastrous for people with insufficient experience. When you are working with a great agent, they will help you decide on a competitive but fair price that makes it easy for the home to get a buyer. At times, they also help you handle emotional transactions by dealing with clients on your behalf. As such, you don’t have to face people who only want to tour the home without any plans for buying.

Normally, agents have been in this field for a long time and they are skilled in negotiating and closing deals. As such, they can be quite helpful in securing a better deal than you would get without their help. During the selling process, problems are a common occurrence. In such an event, your agent knows exactly how to handle the issues. The paperwork involved can be tricky but agents are conversant with all the requirements and common pitfalls along the way.

Getting too emotional

If you have made up your mind about selling a home, it is beneficial to start viewing yourself as a business person in the real estate as opposed to an emotionally attached homeowner. By limiting your perspective to financial gains, you will avoid the emotions that come from handing over a house where you have a long history and many memories.

In addition, you can try to recall the emotions you experienced when acquiring the property since a lot of buyers are going through a similar situation. This helps you understand that you are selling more than a home. In fact, you are offering a dream and you should do your best to stage the home appropriately and get better prices. At the same time, making some changes to your property helps you eliminate the emotional attachment since the appearance has been altered.

Inflating the prices

It is not strange to come across sellers who set a higher price for a house so that they can counteract the negotiated price from buyers. Nevertheless, this doesn’t always provide a cushion but it repels buyers hence making the home sit on the market for a long time.

According to market statistics, a home that has taken too long on the market can lose value. This is because buyers tend to think that there is something wrong with the property. When selling a home, you can rely on a reputable real estate agent to narrow down to an appropriate price based on other successful sales for similar homes.



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