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Asking a Realtor if you should list is like asking a barber if you need a hair cut.

 

White Mountain New Hampshire Listing inventory picks up in the Spring time…the snow is gone, but is it time to sell?

 

Is It Time to sell? This question has more to do with the individual seller than it has to do with the market. What is your goal, motivation and what was your original purchase price has more to do with listing than Realtors are willing to admit. We want your listing, but not if it is detrimental to your goals.

 

Yes I want your listing…but what is your goal in listing now.

If you are leaving the area and have to sell to buy where you are going –Yes.

If you must sell due to health or employment issues beyond your control – Yes.

If you have your eye on a better size home and will trade equity from your current  

         Property to your new property in the same market – Yes.

If you will be doing a 1031 exchange, and re-investing somewhere else – Yes.

…If you think now is a good time to take a profit, and you will rent after you sell for the foreseeable future thereafter –NO it is not a good time to sell.

 

 

**If it makes sense to list now, then let’s make sure we get the most money we can for the property…in this highly competitive buyers’ market.**

 

 

 

 

Your issues are too close to see.

A major upgrade during your ownership, needing a few final touches may be seen as a feature by the seller, but a nuisance to finish to the buyer. I have a listing that removed the baseboard electric heat and put in a new propane system…but failed to enclose the utility room. Seller says great upgrade buyer says another cost after closing (and is comparing other places that don’t have this issue).

 

It was like that when I bought it.

A simple thing like a fogged window may escape a seller’s attention. It failed before we purchased ten years ago, and doesn’t affect the structure. It does however make the home less energy efficient and will go on the list of items a home inspection will point out as a “problem”. The shorter this list the better your property stands up against others that are competing for your buyer.

 

Outdoor clean up is a must.

Tree limbs, leaves and yard debris is secondary to the home it self right? Sure but before you hit the front door you will make an impression about how you care for your property over all. Rake, recycle and remove what was under the snow all winter and make the whole property shine…as soon as the buyer steps out of the car.

 

Good enough…should be just the start.

Looking lived in is not a goal…sweep the fireplace, dust the surfaces, empty the trash, clean the kitchen (no dirty dishes). And polish everything that you touch day to day, because the buyer is going to open cabinets, closets, showers, and every door in the house...if it’s sticky they leave feeling icky.

 

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