Local Housing Market

Beat the Home Selling Blues

Selling a home brings with it a sizable dose of uncertainty as well as a heaping helping of stress. It’s no wonder that home sellers can feel anxious or depressed during the process. Although it’s common to feel a little overwhelmed, it doesn’t have to overtake your life.

 

 

 

Prepare

By preparing as much as you can before you list your house, you’ll alleviate many of the headaches you may otherwise encounter. Make any needed repairs and declutter your home before listing.

Keep things in perspective

We totally understand that now is a stressful time. But always keep in mind that this process won’t drag on forever. Yes, you may have some stressful days ahead. But soon you’ll reach closing day and this process will become a memory. Remember that you can’t always control every aspect of a situation. 

Take time outs

While selling your home will take a good chunk of your time, you don’t have to spend every waking moment thinking about it. You’ll need your energy during this process, so taking time out to care for your emotional well being is paramount.

Remember why you’re selling

Selling your home is an emotional process. After all, it’s the center of your life and it’s the place where many of your fondest memories have been made. Not only are you making a financial transaction, but you’re also letting go of something that has been important to your life. Allow yourself time to detach emotionally from the house, and remember the positive reasons why you are selling. Acknowledge that you’re feeling a sense of loss, but that the future also holds possibility for new and exciting experiences.

Work with a professional

Finally, the best way to get through the process with the least amount of stress is to work with a professional real estate agent. Seasoned agents know what to expect and can give you solid advice and guidance throughout the entire process. Partnering with a professional will ease the burden on you and help you get to the finish line with your sanity intact.

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Benefits of Going to Open Houses

There’s no doubt you’ve stumbled across open houses and wondered if you should go. Whether you’re ready to buy or getting your finances together to be in the market soon, there can be many benefits to attending open houses.

Learn about the local market

First, you can start to get a feel for the kinds of homes that are for sale in your area, and what those homes are selling for. Second, you can see how much traffic the open house gets. From that traffic you’ll better understand how competitive the local market is. When you find the house you really want, how quickly will you need to act? Third, depending on how busy the open house is, you may be able to chat with the listing agent. From that conversation you can glean more information about what’s happening in the local market, even before that news becomes mainstream.

Understand what you can afford

By attending several open houses in the neighborhood where you’d like to buy, you’ll soon see exactly what your money can get you. You’ll see where you may need to make some compromises on your wish list and better prepare for the reality of what you can reasonably afford.

Get ideas about latest trends

If you’re not sure what you want your new house to look like, attending some open houses can show you what the latest trends are. Many homes are professionally staged so that they look as good as possible to potential buyers. You can get ideas about paint colors, finishes, kitchen designs and more. This can be especially handy if you plan to buy a fixer-upper that will need some cosmetic work. Use the open houses to discover what you like and what you don’t like. And if you like what you see, ask the listing agent for contact information for the designer or contractor.

Get to know the neighborhood

If you’re trying to narrow your search to a particular neighborhood, it can help to attend open houses in those neighborhoods. Much of the traffic of an open house is nearby residents looking to see what’s happening in the neighborhood. You’ll get a sense of the kind of people who live there, how noisy or quiet the area is, and the kinds of amenities that are available nearby. It will also give you a chance to meet other prospective buyers and learn about what they’re looking for in a neighborhood. Talk a walk around the block and get a feel for what it might be like on any given day.

The bottom line is – don’t be afraid to pop into some open houses if you’re getting ready to buy. Not only is it a great learning experience, you may actually find the home you love!

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