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Steps to Take Before You List a House

by Karen Londos 12/03/2018

Selling a house should be a fast, simple process. Unfortunately, potential pitfalls may arise that make it tough to achieve the best-possible home selling results.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you prepare for the home selling journey.

Now, let's look at three steps that every home seller should take before listing a house.

1. Evaluate the Real Estate Market

The housing market fluctuates week to week. Thus, a real estate market that favors sellers one week may favor buyers the following week, or vice-versa.

A home seller should examine real estate market data closely. By doing so, this seller can analyze housing market patterns and trends and plan accordingly.

Take a look at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. This housing market information will allow you to see how long homes were listed before they sold and help you set realistic expectations for the home selling journey.

Also, examine the prices of local residences that are comparable to your own. With this housing market data, you may be better equipped than ever before to establish a competitive price for your house.

2. Conduct a Home Inspection and Appraisal

Don't wait to conduct a home inspection and appraisal. If you perform these assessments before you list your house, you can gain valuable home insights that you might struggle to obtain elsewhere.

During a home inspection, a property expert will assess your house both inside and out. Then, this property expert will provide an inspection report that you can use to prioritize assorted home repairs and upgrades.

Meanwhile, a home appraisal can help you determine the present value of your house. The appraisal will be conducted by a property expert who will examine your house, as well as review myriad data about homes in your neighborhood and the local real estate market. Next, this property expert will provide a property valuation that can help you determine how to price your residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands the challenges commonly associated with selling a house. Fortunately, this housing market professional also knows how to identify and address these challenges early in the home selling process, increasing the likelihood of a quick, profitable home sale.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your home selling goals. He or she then will help you put together a strategy to sell your home quickly and maximize your earnings.

When it comes to promoting a residence to potential buyers, a real estate agent knows exactly what to do too. He or she will help you craft an engaging and informative home listing that hits the mark with the right buyers. Plus, a real estate agent will host open house events and home showings to provide buyers with plenty of opportunities to view your house.

Want to list your house? Follow the aforementioned steps, and you can boost your chances of a terrific home selling experience.

About the Author

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Karen Londos

My goal is to make each individual have a positive experience and feel my genuine desire to assist them in finding the perfect home! Each person is as important as the next to me and whether they are looking for a temporary rental or a forever home, I am going to give them 100%!

A little about me. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and relocated to South Florida where I graduated in the top of my High School class and attended college on a full academic scholarship, studying Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. I worked my way through college and realized I was less interested in the technicalities of Engineering and more intrigued with the internal infrastructure of businesses. 

So I shifted gears and began focusing my efforts on learning all the parts to a business and what it takes for the business to run like a well-oiled machine. With a heavy background in financials and Human Resources I worked my way into upper management and then in 2007 established K-LO Enterprises, Inc, a Business Consulting Service specializing in gap analysis, documentation and processes. 

It is in this capacity that I joined RE/MAX Absolute Service Team in 2014 and began learning all there is to know about Real Estate. In 2017 I became licensed in Real Estate, representing the differently abled community of South Florida. 

I am deaf. I was born with a degenerative hearing loss and have relied on lip reading for the better part of my life. Navigating through the hearing world, I never shied away from a challenge, believing there is nothing I cannot do. 

I embrace each opportunity as an adventure. I have my own business and have established a non-profit and is a strong advocate for Canine Companions for Independence where I partner with my Hearing Dog Ninja. 

I am that my strong business background, integrity and desire to be of service to others would lead me. I embarked on a new career with RE/MAX Absolute Service Team, under the leadership of Broker Nicole Grammer.