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Selling a home that needs work….

May 19, 2012

If you’d like to sell your home & it needs quite a bit of work, ask your agent to be honest in their description of the property. You want to bring in buyers that are ready and prepared to do the work.

You also want to be honest about permits. If you’ve added a room that isn’t permitted, state that. A lot of agents put that burden on the buyer and that will put a many buyers off. Think about this – if you’ve got an interested buyer and they need to verify permits, they’re going to call the City, give them the address and now the City is fully aware that you’ve done the work w/o a permit – it’s just better to be upfront.

If you’re home just needs TLC (paint, flooring, fixtures) that’s not a big deal to anyone these days. Most short sales & foreclosures are in that same state.

Some agents don’t want to include pictures in their listings of outdated kitchens & baths – but here again, you don’t want a buyer who wants to walk into perfection. You want a buyer who is ready and able to deal with the updating.

This will get your home sold quicker by bringing in just the right buyers. There are buyers for every property – especially right now (Spring 2012). Our inventory is very low and there are lots of buyers! Most homes are receiving multiple offers, many going over the asking price. So don’t put off listing if there’s work to be done – just market & price your property right and the buyers will come!!

Good Luck with your sale!
And if I can be of any help in the N Orange County CA area, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Patti Gregory
Prudential California Realty
Anaheim Hills, CA
DRE #01182154


From → Homeowners, Sellers

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