For Sellers

Selling your house?

What to expect from your Listing Agent:

A quality Listing agent should provide you with:

  • A FREE Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)
  • Professional photography
  • A Staging Consultation
  • References
If they do not, keep looking.

COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS:  It is our DUTY to ensure that you, as our client, are properly informed on the market including relevant SOLDS and other market info. Ask questions.  Use the information to price your house strategically.  A well-priced house will usually sell quickly and save you much aggravation.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY:  In this internet era, good quality visuals are SO important to marketing your property properly.  Regardless of your property's value, ensure that your agent provides photography services that include interior/exterior photos in various sizes, virtual tour (inc. social media postings), aerial pictures if relevant, and good quality feature sheets or promotional brochures. .
If your agent pulls out their iphone and suggests that these pictures will be adequate, keep looking.

STAGING CONSULTATION:  Most reputable agents should provide you with at least a consultation with a home staging professional to provide you with a check list of steps you can take to prepare your house to get top dollar.  If you determine that your house requires painting or furniture, there can be extra costs involved for you that are usually easily recouped with an improved selling price.

REFERENCES:  Get them and check them out.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:  Don't be afraid to ask what the agent is prepared to do for you to market your property on an ongoing basis like:
  • a minimal commitment to at least weekly advertising in relevant media like your local paper. If they balk, keep looking.
  • Open Houses - when and how often.  Agent Open Houses in particular can be critical to creating awareness of your property among the agents of willing buyers. If your agent does not plan on doing one, keep looking.
  • If your agent is unavailable for any reason, ask who will cover for them/who an alternative contact will be. I have a friend whose agent took their very time-sensitive listing and promptly took off for a week's holiday with no plan in place.
YOUR BEST INTERESTSIf you have a sense that your agent has anything less than your best interests as a priority, keep looking.  There are many good people available. If you have signed a Listing Agreement - know that your commitment is to the BROKERAGE. If you are not happy with your agent, you have the right to replace them.

Price it to sell

Setting a selling price for your home is a tough decision, but a very important one. Of course you want to make as much money as possible. But you don’t want to ask too much and have your listing sit for ages without selling. Here are some tips for pricing your home so it sells fast, at a price you’ll be happy with.

Too high.

If your asking price it too high, buyers won’t be interested, and your listing will just sit there and get stale. A listing that sits on the market for a long time makes people think there’s something wrong with the property. Selling a stale listing, even at a reduced price, becomes much more challenging, since buyers have already seen it and passed over it.

However, dropping the price is never a good idea. It makes you look desperate to sell. Better to come up with a reasonable price right from the start.

Too low.

Pricing it too low can pose problems as well. In a hot market, a low price can actually spark multiple offers, which is great for you, because a bidding war will only drive up the price. But if there’s not enough interest, a lower price means you won’t make as much as you could have. It can also make potential buyers wonder what’s wrong with it. Plus, it could also mean you end up missing a key demographic. For example, if the homes in your area are selling for $400,000-500,000, and you list your place at $350,000, people looking in the original range won’t even see your listing.

Just right.

Setting a fair price means you’ll get more interest, potentially attract multiple buyers, and sell your property faster. So how do you set the right price? There’s really no set formula; the key to selling is listing your house for what it’s worth. To figure that out, you need to take a look at the market and see what comparable homes are selling for.

Put emotion in check.

Yes, this is the house you’ve raised your children in, restored lovingly, or landscaped beautifully. But buyers don’t care about your emotional attachment or the money you’ve invested in renos. What it’s worth to you isn’t the same as market value.

Look at recent sales.

Selling prices are a good indication of what buyers are willing to pay for a home in your area. Just make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. A brand new home is going to command a different price than a 20-year old house or an historic property in the same neighbourhood. Same goes for a condo overlooking the lake versus one in the same building that faces a highway.

Check current listings.

Browse MLS® to see what’s available in your neighbourhood and what prices are being asked. (Remember, though, that asking price doesn’t always translate into selling price, so take these numbers with a grain of salt.)

Find out about expired listings. These are properties that didn’t sell, and they’re a good way to get a sense of what buyers won’t pay for a home like yours.

Check out some local open houses.

Take a close look at other homes that are for sale in your area. How do they compare with your place in terms of location, condition, features and size? Take their asking price and use it as a baseline for your own property.

Have your home appraised.

A registered valuer will do a detailed inspection of your home and local market and give you a professional assessment of how much it’s is worth. Be wary of using the assessed value provided by your city or town. It may not be up to date, and it doesn’t factor in value items such as appliances or hardwood floors.

Consider what the market is like.

Your home’s value is based on supply and demand. Do some research on the market in your neighbourhood or city. Are homes in your area selling fast or sitting on the market for weeks or months? What are interest rates like? The economy? What about the local job market? All of those things factor in to what a buyer will want to spend to buy your property.

Most  REALTORS® will do a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to show you what similar properties have sold for in your area. For a CMA of homes in your neighbourhood, or to ask about recently sold or listed properties, contact your REALTOR®.

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