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4 Things to Avoid When Selling Your Home

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If you own one of the Santa Rosa homes for sale, you might be wondering if you have done everything that you can to reach potential buyers. If you are just beginning to think about listing your home for sale, make sure you avoid these common pitfalls.

  1. Selling during the winter.
  2. Not everyone has the option to choose when and where they will move, but you should avoid trying to sell your home during the winter months whenever possible. Both buyers and sellers tend to be slow to respond and slow to act during the holiday season. Between holiday parties, out of town guests, and family events, most people do not have time to close on a home in December.

  3. Being unwilling to negotiate.
  4. The homes for sale Sonoma County offers prospective buyers include a wide range of options, but this does not mean that buyers will not try to haggle. Sometimes, it is best to accept or counter any offer that is under the asking price. Most serious buyers will try to negotiate, so you should entertain any reasonable offers.

    Of course, if you have several good offers then you may end up with the opposite situation. If you play your cards right, buyers might enter a bidding war and you could end up closing a deal that is higher than your initial asking price.

    A lot of this depends on your local market. In a seller’s market, you are likely to close at or above your asking price. In a buyer’s market, your home could sit for months if you are unwilling to negotiate. Keep this in mind when you set your initial asking price.

  5. Using low-quality photos.
  6. Most buyers will get their first look at your home online. This means that based on your online listing and photos, buyers will decide whether or not they want to take the time to see your home in person. Good photos are high resolution and taken during the day with plenty of natural light. Shadowy photos will make your home seem unwelcoming, turning away buyers that might otherwise be interested.

  7. Listing the property without an agent.
  8. An experienced real estate professional can be worth their weight in gold. Your agent will have experience working with your local market and will be able to help you and your family every step of the way. Your agent will be able to offer advice on when and where to list your home, how much you should list it for, and how you should stage your home for the photos and open house.

If you are interested in learning more about the ways a real estate agent can help your family, reach out to Brad Wilkinson. He has plenty of experience helping families just like you list their homes for sale in Healdsburg, CA.