Free Tips On Selling Your House

Dated: July 11 2013

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   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
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E. J. Talbot

I have been a Full time Realtor in Baton Rouge since 1995 and LOVE IT! Whether you are a buyer or a seller, I can promise you I will work diligently on your behalf to insure you get the best "deal" an....

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