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Nobody wants their home to sit on the market and get stale. As a seller you want a quick turn over and return so you can move on with your life. Selling a home fast is feasible if you follow time-tested guidelines. When you consider the highly charged emotional circumstances surrounding a home sale, there is no substitute for following a plan. So let’s get down to the details!

Price It Right

Deciding on a fair price may be one of the most important decisions a seller has to make. Analyzing comparable homes recently sold in your immediate neighborhood is the best way to decide on the price. That’s why First Team agents run a CMA or Comparative Market Analysis for each home that will be put on the market. Pricing your home on the low end will typically help it sell faster and overpricing will have your home sitting on the market like a lame duck.

Stage Your Home

There is a reason builders use stagers. Pretty homes sell faster. In fact the National Association of REALTORS did a study and found that 46% of buyers are more willing to walk through a home they viewed online if it’s staged. Getting more buyers in the door will speed up your selling process and get you the best price for your home.

Since buying a home is an emotional purchase, it is imperative that the home is inviting and stylish. 28% of buyers revealed they were more willing to overlook other property faults if a home is staged and 16% of buyers agents found that staged homes increased the dollar value their clients were willing to offer by 6%-10%. Hiring a professional stager will likely not just speed up the sale of your home, but also get you a better price.

Paint your Home

A fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest ways to improve the look of any home. Be wary of using exotic colors though. Use neutral shades that will appeal to the majority of buyers.

Make Home Repairs

Most buyers want a home that is in perfect condition. Repairing things around the house that might turn a potential homebuyer away is crucial for selling your home fast. Hiring an inspector to look for repair issues prior to putting your house on the market is a good idea.

Hire a Proven Real Estate Agent

When it is time to sell your home, you will need to rely on professionals for advice. Hiring a real estate agent with excellent references is crucial for success. Don’t be afraid to interview several real estate agents before hiring the one you like best. The key is to find someone who has local real estate experience and a business plan you believe in.

Keep Your House Clean for Showings

Dishes in the sink or toys cluttering the living room will turn potential buyers away. Whenever there is a potential showing, the house must be immaculate. Buyers must be able to envision their family living in that house. Buyers want a clean house.As inconvenient as it is to have strangers inspecting your home, it is critical to show it to as many prospective buyers as possible.

Selling a home is a numbers game. Let a First Team agent help put the odds in their favor by sticking to what’s proven to work. Find an agent online near you or reach out and we’ll match you with a top producing agent in your Southern California neighborhood.

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This guest post was written by Anita Ginsburg. Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family, real estate and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. Informational credit to Reinvest Consultants.