If you're like most people who have put your home on the market in recent months, you were feel encouraged by today's good economy and thriving housing market. However, if several weeks have gone by and there hasn't been any serious bites on your home, it's probably time to re-evaluate the situation. As a general rule of thumb, you should have at least one serious offer on your home by the time it has been seen by six separate prospective buyers. If this has not occurred, that's an indication that you need to revamp your sales strategy.
Following are three ways that you can provide your home with an edge in today's real estate market.
Hire a Professional to Take Photos and Videos for the Listing
Modern buyers often decide whether or not to even view a property based on what they see on the online listing. Professional photographs help your property put its best put forward, and many potential home buyers like to see videos as well as photographs to get a good feel for the particular ambiance of individual properties. An experienced professional real estate photographer will understand how to produce a top quality video of your property designed to maximize its appeal to those looking to buy a home in your area.
Make Sure Your Home is Updated
Members of the millennial generation now make up the biggest segment of buyers in today's real estate picture -- and this means paying attention to what young potential homeowners are looking for in a house. First-time home buyers are frequently relying on the majority of their savings to meet down payment obligations and to purchase furnishings and appliances for their new home, so they aren't likely to be interested in buying a house that needs upgrades in essential areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Consider replacing worn out fixtures and generally giving these rooms a facelift if your home doesn't seem to be generating any interest.
Hire an Engaged Listing Agent
Unavailable listing agents who consider their job done when they put up a lockbox to allow prospective buyers access to the home can be a serious impediment to a successful sale. Look for an agent who's willing to host at least two open houses as well as provide staging services designed to maximize your home's appeal. Also, your listing agent shouldn't be so overextended that he or she is unavailable for showings much of the time.