Selling a house is easy...If you've been in Real Estate for Twenty years like me. If I was selling a house today in Baton Rouge, here's what I'd do... 1. First, I'd fix every little dinky item I could find in my house that some buyer is going to see, and not only that, a buyer is going to want it fixed in the Inspection process. I'd clean up the yard, the beds, totally eliminate, the pet odor, remove all clutter and make the whole house as attractive as possible. Believe me, it affects the selling price. 2. Second, I'd browse the Internet for Realtor websites and study Realtors who have at least five active years as a Realtor and who's closed better than $5 million in production. A veteran Realtor has seen it all. She knows what to expect. 3. I'd work with the Realtor to determine the price of the house, compared to what has sold in the neighborhood and the condition of those houses compared to mine. Pricing the house is important. Because, if you price it too high, it's going to sit there a while, because people are choosing from other houses on the market. A Realtor can help you price it right, and sell it, and not get bogged down sitting on the market and folks wondering why it has not sold. What do they do when it's been on the market a long time? They throw you a bone, ...usually a lot less than you hoped. 4. Upon receiving an offer, a Realtor can tell if you should take it, or if you should counter the offer. Sometimes a veteran Realtor can tell you what number a buyer has in his mind, just by looking at his offer. Your buyer may desperately need closing costs, so try to work with them, that can sometimes seal a deal. 5. When you accept an offer, be sure to keep the house in presentable condition, go through the Inspection Process and fix all reasonable items the buyer thinks you should fix. (Inspections can sometimes be "deal-killers".) 6 And lastly, be reasonable with the occupation and closing dates. A buyer moving into town sometimes is pressed with his moving problems and may need help with a particular occupation date. Make it work for you and try to be agreeable with the Buyer. If you haven't been through the process of selling a house in a long time, the importance of a good Realtor comes in to play even more. A Realtor can help you not leave any money on the table, and also make the transaction go a lot more smoothly.
Jim Talbot, Broker Jim Talbot Real Estate
Author:E. J. Talbot Phone: 225-921-1542 Dated: July 11th 2013 Views: 655 About E. J.: I have been practicing real estate in Baton Rouge since 1995 and LOVE IT! Whether you are a buyer or...
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Jim and I thank you so much for all you have done for us in getting into our home away from home. You made the process delightful and I know we will be very happy with this home. I especially appreciate your efforts to pull through the many available properties and discern which ones would interest us. That takes a special talent and was an immeasurable help to us.
Thanks again for all you have done for us!
Realtor: E.J. Talbot
Year Bought: 2015"