Real Estate 101: First Time Home Sellers Guide

By: Kinan Beck

"When it comes time to sell your home, you will likely have a number of questions racing through your head all at once. First, you will be concerned about what you need to do in order to increase your chances of finding someone to buy your home. Second, you will likely feel a bit overwhelmed when selecting and meeting with a realtor. By following a few simple steps, however, you will find that it can actually be quite easy to sell a home for the first time.

Making Your Home Into a House

One of the most important steps you will need to take in order to sell your real estate is to de-personalize it. When you are shopping to buy a home, you want to find a piece of property that you can picture yourself living in. The same holds true for your prospective buyers. Therefore, you don't want them to see the house and you have personalized it. Rather, you want to remove personal items so your potential buyer can see himself living in the home.

In order to de-personalize your house, you should remove knick-knacks and other items of a personal nature. In addition, if you have transformed a bedroom into a music studio, a pet room, or something else of a more personal nature, you should change it back into being a bedroom. Otherwise, potential buyers may have a difficult time seeing the room as something other than what you have turned it into.

Adding Curb Appeal to Your Real Estate

In order to improve your chances of selling your real estate in a short period of time, you need to take steps to improve the curb appeal of your home. Curb appeal refers to the way the home looks when the person first sees it from the road. In order to improve curb appeal, you might need to invest a bit of cash. But, the investment will be well worth it. Some simple ways to improve curb appeal include:

Ã?â‚?? Add some flowers or other landscaping elements to the front of the house
Ã?â‚?? Apply a fresh coat of paint to the outside of the house
Ã?â‚?? Add shutters, window boxes, or other decorative elements to the outside of the house
Ã?â‚?? Repair any broken windows, hanging address numbers, or other problems that are immediately noticeable

Each of these improvements is simple and cost less than a few hundred dollars. Yet, taking these steps can increase your profits while also helping you sell the real estate faster.

Picking the Best Realtor

Your realtor is going to play a major role when it comes to selling your real estate. As such, you wan to be certain to take care in selecting the agent you will work with. To that end, it is best to interview a few different real estate agents.

Don't be suckered into going with the agent that appraises your home at the highest value. Although this may make it seem as though the agent has your best interest in mind, some will use this tactic in order to win over new clients and will later talk them into lowering their price. Rather, go with the agent that seems to be the most honest and that you are the most comfortable talking with.

By taking steps to improve the appearance of your home and by selecting the right real estate agent, it shouldn't take you long at all to sell your house and move into a new one that you can now call home."

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