Want to Sell Your House? Think Like Real Estate Agents Do!

The Mountain Life Team Blogger June 3, 2014

home_selling_tips-300x199Because agents like ourselves in North Georgia see everything in the market, we have a pretty good idea about why some houses sell (and why others sit on the market for years). Whether as buyer or seller, anyone planning to enter North Georgia’s real estate market this summer can benefit from some of the tactics and factors that we agents keep in mind when as we go about our business of making home sales happen:

When Speed Matters…

When the overriding goal is a quick sale, leading with a price slightly lower than what comparables suggest it is really worth is the surest tactic. When a home is priced at only a fraction below market value, agents know it will draw much more attention than higher-priced neighbors. Most sellers have a built-in resistance to the very idea!—often because they are simply not aware of how a home loses fair value as it sits on the market.  Pricing a listing slightly lower right out of the gate can mean minimizing the likelihood of a lengthy DOM (Days On Market)—and the possibility of a disappointing final sale price.

Preapproval: It’s Not Final Approval…

Most real estate agents in North Georgia have seen this more than once: a buyer who is pre-approved for a mortgage begins running up credit cards in preparation for the move into their new home. Because lenders often re-examine a homebuyer’s credit during the closing proceedings, the result can be a higher than originally quoted interest rate, or even an outright denial. IOW, it’s wise to continue to spend frugally until keys are in hand!

It’s a Long Process…

Real estate agents know that selling a house takes a finite amount of time, beginning with preparation, through marketing, then paperwork, then finally, closing…and that’s not counting any unexpected turns-of-events that sometimes just happen. Whether you are buying or selling, it pays to be mentally and emotionally prepared to remain as flexible as possible with all the other ongoing events in your life until the transaction is a done deal.

If you’re considering buying or selling a home in Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge or Ellijay – Georgia this summer, there’s every reason to start preparing as early as possible. Contact me for an initial consultation—we can set up a timeline that will be the first step in keeping you well informed from start to finish!

Selling homes in the North Georgia Mountains — working with you to attract top dollar for your property — is what The Mountain Life Team is good at.  Call 877.633.8186 or email us anytime to discuss how we can work together to get that ‘Sold!’ sign planted in your front yard!