Below are three great tips to help you through the experience of selling your first home:
Don’t be frightened by the process and hire a real estate agent to help you. People looking to sell for the first time can use the free fact sheet from the Real Estate Institute of Australia.
Ensure that the agent you hire is knowledgeable about the neighbourhood and has actual experience selling a home similar to yours. Do not hire the first agent flyer you find in your mailbox or the one who provides the highest appraisal. Your second opinion is crucial. Look around, speak to people and ask for feedback and referrals. Pick an agent that you are comfortable with and who understands your needs.
Don’t fear the task of actually selling your home. It is not necessary that you accept the first offer you are presented, unless you want to. Similarly, be objective in your expectations of offers. Bear in mind that you may have an emotional attachment to the property that may be preventing you from making the right decision.
Attend open houses in your neighbourhood and observe how the properties are presented, both in the exterior and interior. It’s okay to borrow inspiration from others, especially if you have little knowledge of designing and decorating.
You can also see homes that appear the same to yours in relation to size and condition, familiarise yourself with what is being sold out there and compare them to your property. And remember, those still on the market are going to be your competition!
Lastly, keep track of auctions and sales happening in your area through online listings sites. Seeing how the numbers stack up can reassure you or open your eyes to reality. Don’t forget that every property is unique and if your property is in a good location, is in good condition, presents well and priced accordingly, then a pleasant surprise could await you.
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