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Top 10 Home-Selling Mistakes

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HGTV's identified what it believes to be the top 10 home-selling mistakes.

10. Waiting until spring to sell. People buy homes all year, so play up the home's seasonal amenities and take advantage of serious buyers looking in the off-season.

9. Not understanding the real estate contract. Go over the fine print of the agreement with your real-estate agent or attorney before signing to make sure you understand your responsibilities as well as any demands the buyer has made.

8. Going it alone without researching first. Selling a home for-sale-by-owner take time, and requires you to do paperwork, marketing and showings. Make sure you're up for the work involved in return for saving on the real-estate agent commission fee.

7. Ignoring lowball offers. If buyers submit a low offer, don't reject it completely. Counteroffer to see if they are willing to negotiate.

6. Wasting time on an unqualified buyer. Make sure a potential buyer is prequalified for a loan before accepting an offer.

5. Skimping on marketing. Mix traditional advertising, including a sign in the yard and an ad in a homes magazine, with Web techniques, including online photos and video.

4. Sabotaging the showing. Leave the home when it is being shown to prospective buyers so they can more easily focus, and make sure the home is accessible w! ith convenient showing hours and a lockbox for agents.

3. Not prepping for the sale. Visit open houses in the neighborhood to get a sense of what the competition offers, then make fixes and updates, declutter and clean to outshine them.

2. Overimproving. Don't make so many upgrades that you price your home out of the appropriate range for the area and fail to recoup your investment.

1. Overpricing. Your home should be priced in line with homes in the area that are of similar age, style and size.


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3 Responses to “Top 10 Home-Selling Mistakes”

  1. Diane Schubach September 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm # Reply

    Great top 10. I would add not offering a competitive commission.

  2. Alex - We Buy Any Home December 21, 2009 at 6:02 am # Reply

    Thanks for sharing those tips. You are right about it, I have read it in the WeBuyAnyHomeNow.

  3. January 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm # Reply

    I would like to have a way to print this with some type of personalized branding.
    Overall, love your service. Very happy with your service..

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