Once upon a time, in certain locations, homes were sold minutes after being put on the market. Not years, months, weeks or even days – but minutes minutes and hours. You could literally sell your house fast.
While this may not have been true for every house and for every city, it was definitely not unheard of and was rather common. And with homes that were not snapped up that quickly, there were often multiple offers and bidding wars on homes.
Looking at the market today those scenarios seem like a fairy tale. Now we have homes sitting on the market for far too long and are being sold at lower and lower prices.
Since we currently have a surplus of homes but fewer buyers (or in many cases buyers unable to get financing) creativity and thinking outside the box is essential to sell your house fast.
Whether you are using an agent or not to get your home sold, you should consider the power of the internet. For example, you could create a webpage giving the pertinent details about your home to entice buyers. You may also create a video about your house and put that on a variety of video sharing sites.
Of course you should not neglect some of the tried and true methods for presenting your house in the best light. Keeping your home very clean and tidy as well as fixing any minor cosmetic issues is key. Even if it is simple and inexpensive a potential buyer will only see a long to do list for them to take on, which is off-putting to them. Make every effort to have your home in perfect move in ready condition so buyers can envision making your house one they can move in and make a home immediately.
If you are using an agent, make sure they are really promoting your house and doing proper marketing. Should you feel your agent is not putting forth the necessary effort let them know that you will list with another agent. Please note, that even the best marketing and effort put in by an agent may not result in offers on your house. Your agent should be making a true effort but do not expect miracles. Re-listing should only be done when your agent is not giving your home the effort it describes.