Orlando Real Estate

To get your home sold quickly in the #OrlandoRealEstate market, it’s important that other agents in the area show it to as many potential buyers as possible. The first thing a good agent will do when working with buyers is talk to the buyer and learn what kind of home they are looking for. Then the agent will search all the available homes for those most closely matching what the buyer wants. Next, the agent puts together a list of the best matches to go show to the buyer. When a busy agent is compiling a list of homes to show a buyer, the agent will naturally tend to show those houses that are easiest to gain access to first. Many homes on the market have “lock boxes” on them. The lock box is a device which holds a key to the home, that only qualified local agents can access. Homes that are listed as being “lock box, no appointment needed” will get shown more often than homes listed as “agent has key, call for appointment”.  If at all possible, you should let your agent put a lock box on your home for easier showing. 

If you can’t do a lock box, you need to be sure that you make it as convenient and easy as possible for other agents to show your home.  If they call, do whatever you have to do to accommodate letting them show your home to buyers on their schedule.  If you don’t, the agent will probably show the buyer other homes, and if that buyer makes an offer on one of them, you’ve just lost a great opportunity.

It’s best if you can leave when the agent and buyer arrive to see your home.  Buyers won’t feel comfortable with you there, and it could sour an otherwise good impression. 

by David Welch

Orlando Real Estate

Posted by David W. Welch on July 30th, 2018 8:45 AM
I have often joked that I have such an odd profession. I have literally been in thousands of peoples homes, usually when they are not even there. I've looked in their cabinets, poked around in their closets, taken photos of their bathrooms and kitchens. What? Your home may be your castle, but when you put it up for sale, even your shower will end up on the internet. It does not end with the photos of your home, because the purpose of all those photos, measurements, and exposing the intimate details of your property is to attract strangers. Yes, strangers!

Selling your home is all about attracting the most strangers to your property, so they can check out your property in person. These people are guided through your home by another stranger that has probably never been there before. This guide is usually pointing out the pros and cons of your home, and helping the other strangers decide if your home is right for them. This guide makes an appointment with you, through your own guide, so you will know they are coming.

Here is one of the weirdest parts of selling your home. To prepare for the strangers coming to your house, you do everything the opposite of what you normally would do when you leave. You turn on all the lights, open all the blinds, turn the AC a little cooler (here in Orlando), turn on some smooth jazz, and if you have a security system - you turn it off.

Yes, selling your home is so weird.
Posted by David W. Welch on April 20th, 2017 7:53 AM
First, it's all about the buyers. This may be hard for some sellers to accept, but buyers are the market. As with anything you may be selling, if you don't have buyers there is no market for your product. That is not to say that every house should sell on day number one, because it does take time to reach potential buyers. Timing is also a factor, because buyers for your property may not be able to drop what they're doing to see your house today. Have a little patience, but if you property is sitting much longer than others in your area take a look at your condition, availability and price.Selling your home

Second, you also have to be aware that buyers have other options. The higher your price range, the more options potential buyers probably have available to them. This is why higher priced homes often take longer to sell. Properties sold by Orlando Realtors® last month took 69 days to get to contract. There were over 3,375 closed sales total, only 130 homes sold for more than $500,000. These higher priced properties took just over twice as long to go to contract at 141 days on average.

Finally, not every buyer is going to love your home. I know that may be hard to hear, but it is true. From floor plan to flooring, cabinets to curb appeal, paint color to price, there are aspects to your house that may not appeal to some buyers. Some of these factors, can be changed easily, others like floor plan not so much. Do what you can to make sure your home will appeal to the greatest number of people.

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Posted by David W. Welch on September 8th, 2015 9:21 AM


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