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6 Surefire Ways to Get Top Dollar for Your Seller

March 21 2019

planitar concept home purchase contract businessmen are PQX9E2QDespite what we may feel about the groundhog and his predictions on spring weather, there is no doubt that the spring market is here. Agents are already seeing signs of increased inventory and eager buyers in many markets. While the days of pricing wars and houses being sold pre-list may be a thing of the past in your market--in others, they are back in full force.

No matter what the season or the state of your local market, getting the most for your seller requires deft research, knowledge, and marketing. Nail down these six ways to leverage your resources and expertise to get top dollar for your seller.

1. Know Your Numbers

It's more important than ever to price listings correctly so they hit the market with their best foot forward. The reality is that there will always be ebbs and flows in real estate. Seasonality plays a part, but it's not the only factor to consider. Thorough market research is key to ensuring you are maximizing your seller's financial investment. Get familiar with the recent sales, the days on market, and the competing inventory. The more data you have, the better you can effectively back up your price in negotiations.

2. Measure Up

planitar iguide reportReal estate search portals are getting increasingly competitive for buyers' attention and are adding extra features and stats to help potential homeowners compare and contrast each listing. One such stat that never fails to gain attention is price per square foot. Pricing based on square footage puts each property on an even playing field and shows the true value of every inch of space. You can leverage this by getting your listing measured by professionals. This way you know exactly what you are offering compared to other listings in the neighbourhood.

3. Stage It

planitar couple placing sofa at new home PPDK3MWAccording to recent statisticsrecent statistics, home staging can help reduce a property's listing time on the market by 30-50 percent and could deliver a price that is 6-20 percent more than a vacant home or a home that is not properly staged. While staging can cost upwards of several thousand dollars, depending on the size of the home, it's a worthwhile investment if it means a double digit return. Can a property be sold without staging? Yes, absolutely. But will a professionally staged home capture more attention? Without a doubt.

4. Worth a Thousand Words

Investing in professional photography for your listing is not an option – it's a must. According to this study, 9 out of 10 buyers are searching homes online before contacting an agent or viewing homes in person. Of those, a majority said that photos and virtual tours are the most important tool available when searching for properties. Interactive online showing experiences are no longer reserved just for luxury properties. Buyers in all price points expect to be able to view floor plans and walk through the home via 3D virtual tours. If you want to get top dollar for your sellers and get the most buyers to pay attention to your listings, trust a pro to shoot and supply the visuals.

5. Get Social

Other than real estate portals, social media is arguably the most effective way to get your listings in front of potential buyers. The more eyeballs you attract, the better. Using social media effectively is key. Rather than posting once and sharing it to every site, take the time to format your content for each individual site or platform, using the right hashtags to maximize your reach and engagement. Be strategic; it's not about quantity of posts, it's about quality and format. Use visuals and video to capture attention and interest.

6. Toolbelts on. Ready? Go!

planitar plumber uninstalling faucet 9JKR58PListing in a highly competitive market? Save buyers a step and instill confidence up front by providing a pre-inspection or pre-appraisal, a list of necessary repairs and local contractors that can help them. It goes without saying that most buyers are looking for a move-in ready home. Paint in need of a touch-up, window screens missing or ripped, loose drawer pulls – even minor details can make a buyer pause or deduct from their offer price. Every little bit of effort made now will go a long way with buyers.

"The best investment on earth is earth." - Louis Glickman

Always remember that this is your seller's largest financial investment. No matter the market, using these tips and strategies will help you to protect their interests and maximize their profit.

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