That is certainly possible, especially in the current Walnut Creek real estate market that is low on inventory. There are a number of factors that go into the sale of your home, and getting it to happen quickly.
First of all…
There are no automatic solutions to employ that will guarantee a quick sale of your home. Sorry, but that just does not exist. What we can tell you about, are steps to take that will help in the process. There is no way to predict anything, but at least you can proactively impact your own situation in a positive way.
You Need To Realize…
Not everything will be in your (or our) control when it comes to selling your home. There are numerous factors that we all have to pay attention to, and adjust accordingly. The real estate market on macro and micro levels will fluctuate as time goes on. Things can significantly change even while your home is listed on the MLS. The state of the real estate market really is a huge factor in how long it will take to sell your home. Like the Walnut Creek area is right now, a “Seller’s Market,” is very helpful. You have strong buyer demand, but low home-inventory for buyers to choose from.
If you are in a “Buyer’s Market,” where there are many homes on the market and fewer buyers, the process can take longer. Hopefully you are working with experienced agents that know how to properly market your home.
Pricing Is More Crucial Than You Think
Pricing your home is absolutely crucial, and pricing it right from the beginning can make or break the success of your sale. This needs to be an important conversation between you and your realtor. Pricing requires more consideration than just looking at the nearby comparable properties and slapping a price on the home. An important factor to consider is the actual buyer you are marketing the home to. When buyers are searching for homes (online), they are typically searching within a set price range. You want the price of your home to fit in a price range your target buyer will be searching. The price is the foundation for the type of buyer that will be interested in your home.
Appropriate fix-ups and preparations are important in putting your home in the market. Every situation is different, but you want to strike a balance of what fix-ups to invest in. Many times, complete remodels will not yield you a significant return (if any) in the sales price of your home. Your realtor should be able to make proper recommendations on what will help make the home appealing and keep costs down.
Photos! Photos! Photos!
Yes, we must overly emphasize how important photos of your home are. We live in a world of buyers searching for homes online as quick as they scroll through their facebook feeds. You need to capture the attention of your home-buyer. This relates to some of what we discussed above regarding preparations and fix-ups. You want to make your home look as appealing as possible for photos. We (as every realtor should) always bring in a professional photographer to help make your home shine for all online marketing materials. The more appealing the home looks, the more attention it will received, leading to more interest, and hopefully leading to a quick sale.
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While your realtor should already intend to do so, make sure they hold your home as an open house multiple times. Generating interest from buyers is step one. Next you need to make sure the home is easily accessible to view. Obviously buyers need to see things for themselves when it comes to such a major purchase/life decision. Having a schedule of open house events will help make it easy for them to see the home first hand.
The truth is, it is nearly impossible to predict what will happen with the sale of your home. But there definitely are ways that you can help make it happen. A lot of it comes down to the pricing of your home, and how well your realtor will market the home to the right buyers. So when you ask, “How long will it take to sell my house” you now know of ways you can encourage a speedy sale.
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