Why You Can’t Sell Your Own Home

Did you know that home sellers that use a real estate professional on average get 16% more in the sale of their home? In rare instances, some people are able to sell their own homes without the services of a real estate agent but for most it is tricky business.

Here are a few reasons why you can’t sell your own home.

1. A home for sale needs to be in the MLS (multiple listing service). You need to be a licensed real estate broker or  agent to be able to put a home in the MLS. Not having your home in the MLS is problematic, it will be difficult to advertise your home on many home search engines and websites.

2. Many real estate agents won’t show homes that are for sale by owner. For a real estate agent it can be difficult to deal directly with a home seller. Agents are used to receiving a commission on the sale and without a written agreement there is no guarantee that the buyer’s agent will be compensated for his or her services. Not having the cooperation of local agents significantly limits the pool of potential buyers.

3. Many buyers do not want to deal directly with the seller. Potential buyers usually feel uncomfortable looking at a home if the owner is present.  They will also be less likely to make an offer if they have to negotiate directly with the seller. Real estate agents create a much needed buffer between the seller and the buyer.

4. A real estate transaction is not always easy. Many times there are potential liability issues. Sellers would need to be well schooled in the real estate laws especially surrounding escrow and disclosure requirements.

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How Long Will it Take to Sell My Home?

Selling a home requires a combination of careful planning, favorable market conditions, and good luck. As a result, there’s no simple formula for determining when your house will sell. There are, however, things you can do to help increase the odds of your home selling within your timeline.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the reasons homes sell quickly or slowly, and offer some tips on how to plan accordingly so that your home sells at the price you want and within the time you need, so you can get back to your life in your new home.

What you can’t control

Let’s start with the pre existing conditions that you won’t have much sway over when it comes to selling your home. First, there’s the market: is it a buyer’s or a seller’s market? The term “seller’s market” deals with supply and demand. In a seller’s market, there is more demand than supply, and therefore listings often see quicker sales and more frequent offers. These terms are used geographically as well. While we are currently considered to be in seller’s market nationwide, it could vary geographically. Certain cities and regions experience surplus housing and are therefore considered buyer’s markets.

What you might be able to control

One factor in the amount of time it takes for your home to sell that you have some control over is when you put it on the market. A new study has found that the best time to sell a home is early March to late April, depending on your geographic location.

For you, this means ensuring that your home is ready to be listed by the end of January. That means you won’t want to delay in getting outdoor issues taken care of before winter arrives if you live in a colder climate. It’s much easier to work on roofs and driveways or septic systems before temperatures reach freezing.

What you can absolutely control

Now that we’ve talked about those details which are out of your hands, let’s talk about what you can do now to increase the likelihood of your home selling when you need it to.

First, be sure to price your home accurately. Any time that your house sits on the market with an inflated price is time wasted.

Next, stay on track with home improvements and upgrades that will increase the interior appeal and curb appeal of your home. That means fresh coats of neutral paint, a lot of cleaning and decluttering, and some appropriate landscaping. It’s important to remember, however, that some upgrades aren’t very cost-effective, so be sure to do your research before taking on big home improvement projects.

Right before you put your home on the market, take the time to stage the home and take great photos. Cell phone pictures of a dirty house with poor lighting won’t do you any favors. If you know a photographer, enlist their help for the day to make sure your photos stand out on listing websites.

If you follow these tips and remain consistent in communicating with your real estate agent, there’s no reason you shouldn’t sell your home within the timeframe needed for you and your family.