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How to Sell Your Home Fast

Price it right from the start.

Everybody seems to value their own property above the market value. If you want a quick sale, you should be realistic. Look at other properties in the area and get the opinion of a reputable real estate professional. Be prepared to lower your expectations if you genuinely want a quick sale.

Enhance your home’s curb appeal

If the appearance of your property is not good, many potential buyers will not even walk through the door. The front of your property is critical. Front gardens should be well maintained all doors and window frames newly painted if necessary. Hanging baskets and window boxes always make the front of a property more presentable.

Update the interior & exterior

Appearance is so critical that it would be unwise to ignore this when selling your home. The look and “feel” of your home will generate a greater emotional response than any other factor. Prospective buyers react to what they see, hear, feel, and smell even though you may have priced your home to sell.

Clean, declutter, and depersonalize

You might think the easiest way to declutter your home is to shove everything into the closets. Bad idea: Anyone who tours your home is going to check out the storage spaces, and disorganized, overstuffed closets only serve as evidence that your home is lacking. Opt instead for a storage unit to house the things you won’t need while your home is on the market. The general rule? Get rid of a third of your stuff. “If you don’t use it every day, store it,” says Justin Seeby, principal at the Graham Seeby Group with Keller Williams Intown Realty in Atlanta, GA. Holiday decorations, baby gear, seasonal clothes, that bread maker you’ve never used — they can all go into storage.

Bonus: If you choose a portable unit, it can be transported to your new home, making moving day a cinch.

Make the property easy to show

Homes that don’t get shown don’t get sold. And many foreclosures and short sale listings are vacant, so they can be shown anytime. Don’t make it difficult for agents to get their clients into your home – if they have to make appointments way in advance, or can only show it during a very restrictive time frame, they will likely just cross your place off the list and go show the places that are easy to get into.

Make sure your listing is on all major online portals

The internet changed the way that houses were bought and sold. No longer did prospective home buyers need to physically visit the house to find out what it was like. Today, many potential home buyers weed out listings they don’t want to invest time in online, and then visit the ones in person that look intriguing. Promoting your home’s unique qualities online is a great way to generate more leads.

Use a professional stager and photographer

Stagers can give you a decorator’s view and make some small and inexpensive changes & suggestions that can make a world of difference to people viewing your home.  Some of our agents offer staging as a free service to sellers.

Most homebuyers start looking for a property online or in local home magazines. That means you need to have great images that accentuate your home’s best features and selling points.

After you’ve improved curb appeal, made necessary upgrades, and depersonalized the interior spaces, consider hiring a professional photographer to take high-quality images, in the best light.

These great images will inspire buyers to come to your open houses or request a tour. Make sure you or your Realtor post the listing online, using a free home buying site like Zillow.

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About Helen K. Burke with Intero Real Estate

Kim Ewald

Helen K. Burke

Intero Real Estate

5580 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, California 95118

(408) 835-8967

Helen@Helenkburke.com

For 20+ years I have delivered the highest level of customer service. I can provide references of my high level of service if requested. My relationship with my clients is of the utmost importance and I continually exceed their expectations during as well as after the transaction. My success stems from the “Business By Referral” method from day one of my career as well as a core belief that service and sincere commitment be delivered each and every time.

Having lived in the area since 1973 I have seen the growth and the changes within our community and I am knowledgeable and able to help you navigate the real estate process. I can prepare you for the move and help to make it as stress free as possible.

I started in the business in 1994 with my own Loan Processing company, I then became a Loan Officer. In 1996 I became a Realtor. I wanted to know the business inside and out. I have ranked within the top ten of Intero consecutively as well as received the honor of the “Value Award”. My on going training and commitment to excellence makes me the perfect fit for clients who want superior service. I am here to service anyone who needs help with buying or selling a home. I am also trained to help with people facing possible foreclosure and can inform them of all their options.