What to Prepare For if You Are Selling Your Home in a Seller’s Market

What to Prepare For if You Are Selling Your Home in a Seller’s Market

What to Prepare For if You Are Selling Your Home in a Seller's MarketIf you are hoping to get your home on the market, you may be excited about the prospect of this if you are in a seller’s market. The thing is, any seller may run into roadblocks or have regrets during the process if they aren’t strategic. Here are four ways to make sure you have a game plan for selling in a market that is seemingly in your favor.

  1. Work With Your Agent to Price Competitively

While you might be looking at comps within your neighborhood and see homes going above the listing price, it is still a good idea to price your home at the amount it is actually worth. Offers can always be brought in above this. If you do find yourself in a bidding war or receive cash offers above and beyond your list price, this is great! If not, your home will be in line with appraisals and will be more viable for those who are coming in with loan contingencies.

  1. Be Ready to Move

You might receive a dream offer immediately, but a caveat might be that you must out of your home in a month or less. Closing periods can be quick in competitive markets, and you might find yourself out of your home within weeks. This might be worth the profit your home brings in. Try your best to have the flexibility to move your family, possibly into a rental, ASAP so that offers don’t fall through.

  1. Think About the Time of Year

A great way to be strategic if you don’t need to move right away is to wait a few months to sell your home in the spring or summer months. Many families are looking for new homes during summer break for children. You can sell your home, rent for a few months, and begin your own home search in the fall and winter months when prices might be down. Remember, however, that waiting might not ensure that the housing market will stay in your favor.

  1. Choosing the Right Offer

Sometimes the highest bidder isn’t necessarily the best choice when it comes to accepting an offer on your home. Investors may be comfortable losing out on small earnest money deposits and might pull out at the last minute. Sometimes, picking a family that is bringing a middle-of-the-road offer to the table but is serious about your home might be your best option.

The main thing to remember is that nothing lasts forever, and even though your location might be in a seller’s market today, this could change rapidly. Weigh your options and needs, and take advantage of a seller’s market if you can. Work with an agent that is used to the fast-paced real estate environment a competitive seller’s market can bring.

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