Thursday, April 11, 2019
By Ashley  Buck
4 Popular Seller Questions Answered

4 Popular Seller Questions Answered

Guest Blogger: Holly Ryan

When the decision is made that it’s time to sell your home, you may become overwhelmed with feelings of uncertainty for what the future holds. Your home is a place that has been the center of so many very cherished memories, so it is valid to be uneasy about selling your home. You shouldn’t be too worried though, there are many other sellers who feel the same way you do! Regardless of your situation, most sellers have similar thoughts and inquiries when looking to put their home on the market. Here are some of the most popular questions that sellers may have, see if any of these can help answer any of yours!


Will using a realtor really help me sell my home? If so, where should I find one?

Using a realtor is the best way to sell your home, as realtors make the process much simpler for the seller by conducting market research, providing assistance and support, handling planning, and much more. Realtors also provide in depth knowledge and understanding of the real estate market that may help you receive the best offer for your home. If you’re looking for a real estate company in South Carolina, look no further. Jeff Cook Real Estate is a renowned company that will sell your home, and find you the perfect new place to call home. Check us out!


Should I attend the open house showings of my home?

In most cases, no. Although it may be difficult to imagine strangers walking through your home, judging every aspect of it while you’re not even home, it can help the process run a lot smoother. Potential buyers will feel much more comfortable asking questions, looking around, and being critical if the homeowner is not around. This can allow them to have a better experience in your home, which may result in a sale for you!


How much will it cost me to sell my home?

A seller’s goal is typically to receive their home’s asking price, without too much of a negotiation and settling. When establishing what your home’s asking price will be, it’s important to consider some of the costs that are included in selling a home. Aside from your realtor’s commission which is traditionally 6%, you need to be aware of the costs that may be associated with staging or updating your home, seller’s concessions fees, inspection repairs costs (if you have any), your home ownership and overlap costs, and lastly, your home’s closing costs when the sale is finalized. 


How much time will it take to sell my home and how much is it worth?

This answer is based on a few different elements. There are many factors that go into estimating how long your home will be on the market for, including how you price it. Before deciding to sell, it is important to consider the state of the housing market. By conducting some research on your neighborhood, you can see what homes near you are selling for, and more importantly, how long they’ve been on the market. According to Zillow, the average length for a home on the market in April 2018 was 68 days. This can also depend on how much marketing exposure you give your home. For example, if you’re trying to sell quickly, try sharing your home’s listing on real estate social media pages for increasing your exposure. Selecting a price point for your home is also very important for the sales time. It’s always best to have a realtor view your home, giving you a professional outsider’s perspective and opinion on how much your home is currently worth. From there, you can choose whether or not to perform updates that could potentially make your home sale more lucrative. By viewing your neighborhood’s pricing, you can estimate about how much buyers are willing to spend to live in your area. 


Overall, these are a few of the very commonly asked home seller questions, so you’re not alone if you’re wondering these same things! The best way to sell your home is to first conduct research. Perform research on all areas of real estate including different realtors, the market itself, your neighborhood, your financial situation, etc. Being aware of all of these elements can help you have a successful sale that you’re not only comfortable with, but one you fully understand as well!



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