Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty, Brokerage
Independently Owned and Operated
253 Dundas Street East, Trenton, K8V 1M1
Office 613-394-4837   Toll Free 1-800-263-2177

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Business Areas
Quinte West, Trenton, Belleville, Brighton, Frankford, Wooler, Prince Edward County, Stirling

Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty
253 Dundas St E
Trenton, Ontario K8V 1M1

Office: 613-394-4837
Toll Free: 1-800-263-2177

Top Ten Tips to be a Successful Seller

  1. Be committed to selling . In a buyer's market with inflated inventories, short sales, and power of sales, there is no place for sellers who want to 'test the waters'. Don't even think "If I get my price". You do not want to be a high risk seller.. Money is only a secondary motivator to the serious seller.
  2. Make sure the price is right . Try triangulation. Ask a few Realtor®s for their opinion. Glance at www.quinterealestate.ca. Consider a formal appraisal. Focus on both current competition and current comparables. Sellers should realize they seldom see their property objectively or know the other properties the buyers have seen.
  3. Staging is a necessity . Clutter eats equity. Hire a professional stager or listen very carefully to your Realtor®'s suggestions. View a staging DVD. Buyers do not like defects. A faded front door suggests deferred maintenance. A stucco crack may infer expansive soil.
  4. Lockbox . The lock boxes enables the listing Realtor® to be able to provide convenient access to the property. Homes with easy access get more showings.
  5. Install a for sale sign . If you don't want the neighbours to know you are selling, reread #1 above. The people in your area will know with or without the sign your property is for sale. They might even have a friend or relative who wants to be their new neighbour.
  6. Absorb all feedback . If one buyer says something, others are thinking the same thing. If several similar comments are made, do something about the problem. Put your ego in storage with the excess furniture.
  7. Flexibility is fundamental . No showings usually means the price is too high. No offers usually means the price is too high. Be proactive especially if the market is flat or declining. Reduce the price if advised by your Realtor® after reviewing the market after your home has been on the market for a period of time
  8. Accentuate the positives . Selling, buying, and moving are stressful events. Tell your Realtor® you appreciate their efforts. Ask them how you can help get the house sold. Ask them what they would do if you were their relative, or it was their home. Ask this question frequently.
  9. Time is of the essence . This means sooner is better than later. Do not underestimate the first buyer. They may be the best buyer. They may be the only buyer for a long time. A lower asking price may net a seller more money in the long run.
  10. Patience is a virtue . Ask your Realtor® what the average days on the market is in your area. The only way to get somewhere faster is to step on the gas if you are in a car. Or, reduce the price if your house is not selling.