Tips to Sell a House in a Down Economy



Selling a house has always known to be a stressful and challenging process, especially when the economy is down. The fact cannot be denied that the real estate market is today in a slump. Property prices are extremely low and tougher mortgage requirements have made it difficult for the prospective buyers to seek home loans. So what does a seller do?

Well, of course, you can’t change the economic situation, but you can easily be proactive and employ some clever ways so that your house gets sold quickly. Here is a list of few helpful tips to assist you sell your house in a down economy –

Prepare your house – You can’t afford to overlook the details of your house in a buyer’s market as you will be getting only one chance to create the lasting impression. Get a quick clean up of the house done. Try and beautify the inside and out of your house by way of repairs and paints because curb appeal really counts. Clean the front porch and invest in few small potted plants so that the house appears attractive.

Proper pricing – The tactics of overpricing the property in order to keep a room for negotiations is no longer considered as an effective strategy. Most of the buyers simply walk past the high priced homes to the affordable ones. Therefore, it is very vital to have a proper price set for the house. If you want, you may take help of a real estate agent to determine the right price. Alternatively, you may also check out the price listings of comparable homes in the market in order to determine the price.

Real estate marketing plan – Sometimes the critical difference between getting an offer and not getting an offer truly lies upon the real estate marketing plan you adopt. It is always a good decision to appoint a real estate agent to handle the selling process. Also try and market your house as wide as possible. Explore all the various marketing options such as the newspapers, local magazines, flyers, open house, internet, etc.

Be patient and flexible – it is very vital to be patient and flexible in the buyer’s market. If a buyer quotes a low rate, do not get offended. Low quote signals that the buyer has some interest. So, try and concentrate on marketing the positive features of your house.


Published by in Real Estate, on June 23rd, 2011

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