Buying a home is, often primarily, an emotion-driven affair, but in selling your home you must be guided by logic and objectivity. The goal in selling is to maximize profit potential, and many first-time sellers aren’t really aware of how to do this effectively. So here’s our best advice for first-time Athens home sellers in 2021. Read these 5 Tips for Amateur, Athens Georgia, House Sellers in 2021 and Avoid costly mistakes.
Price It Right
One if not the most important tip out of, 5 tips for amateur, Athens Georgia, house sellers in 2021 is pricing. Pricing right for a sale is said within the industry to be (perhaps) the most important marketing tool. Both pricing too high and too low can hurt your chances of a sale – either one can cause your house to languish on the market.
The best move for first-time Athens home sellers, because they are unfamiliar with the process of determining fair market value and pricing accordingly, is to use an experienced Athens agent or to purchase a pre-listing appraisal. Here’s why . . .
“You’ll fare much better if you select an experienced real estate agent who sells a fair number of listings, preferably in your neighborhood. Your agent will analyze comparable sales and prepare an estimate of value – often called a CMA – for comparative market analysis. It is OK to compare this to the Zestimate at Zillow, but note the variances your agent will point out because your listing agent should have the experience and education to provide you with a more accurate opinion of value.” This opinion of value will be a service that your agent will provide as part of the services extended to you as the home seller. Make sure you have an agent who is certified in pricing strategies since those agents are educated on how licensed appraisers make their decisions and will be able to protect you from complications that arise from an overpriced home. Such as the home being appraised lower than the original asking price. This case will trigger the buyer having to either, come up with additional cash to cover the gap between the appraised value and purchase price, back out of the deal completely, or ask the home seller to lower the purchase price to meet the appraised value.
The pre-listing appraisal done by a licensed appraiser will cost you anywhere from 400-600 dollars, which, sometimes, can deter a homeowner from pulling one prior to going on the market. However, if you can afford it then you should pay a professional to appraise your home. Most buyers will obtain a mortgage in order to purchase their home. Mortgage lenders use professional appraisers in order to make sure they don’t extend a loan on a property that is not worth the suggested purchase price. So if you list the home based on the obtained appraised value, then you can expect fewer complications during your home sale.
To find out more about how your Athens agent can help you price to sell, just call 706-928-9959.
Use Professional-Quality Photos and a Compelling Description
You should also avoid skimping on listing photos, both on quantity and quality. The majority of home buyers now start their home search online, and those photos are critical in online listings. This trend will only strengthen and widen in 2021.
For first-time Athens home sellers (or any others, really) who will be primarily selling their home online, professional-quality photos are a must. “[Y]ou must ensure that the photos in your listing are top-notch. Investing in a professional photographer will ensure that your property is presented in the best light. Be sure to capture all the spaces around the home, as well as the surrounding views.”
Just as important as the photos is the listing description. It has to be compelling and must contain enough information, but not so much as to overwhelm house hunters. You need to paint a vivid picture of your home and do it in a narrative fashion if at all possible. Again, your agent will have experience in this species of copywriting and can help you craft an irresistible description.
List on All the Online Platforms and Promote
Also, be sure to take advantage of all the online listing platforms and venues. Home sellers should, “for better exposure in 2021, consider listing on multiple platforms. You can choose between property listing websites such as the multiple listing service (MLS), Mashvisorr, Zillow, Redfin, and Trulia. You could also consider a marketplace like Craigslist.”
But that’s not all you need to do. You also need to promote your listings via social media.
Share your listing(s), for example, in all the relevant groups you belong to while your agent does the same. “Next, promote your listing on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn with relevant hashtags. You could also consider posting a short video of your home on YouTube.”
Market to Millennials and Gen Zers
A good tactic for any home seller, but especially for first-time Athens home sellers, is to market to the right and largest audience. And today that would be Millennials and the Gen Zers coming up right behind them.
And here’s why home sellers should keep this in mind in 2021 . . .
“The largest generation in history, Millennials, will continue to drive the housing market as they outnumber Gen X and Baby Boomers. Older Millennials will likely be trade-up buyers, while the larger, younger segment of the generation age into their key home-buying years. Meanwhile, Gen Zers will begin to make their presence known in 2021 as they compete with younger Millennials for entry-level homes. The impact of the oldest members of Gen Z on the market will only continue to grow.”
Your agent can help you develop a marketing plan to target this specific market.
Hire an Experienced Local Agent
As we’ve indicated throughout, using an experienced Athens real estate agent may be one of the smartest things first-time home sellers can do – especially since the advent of COVID.
“If you want to sell your house fast, working with a real estate agent is advisable. Real estate agents across the US have quickly adapted to the current situation. So having one by your side will surely help you sell your home during COVID-19.”
Besides, your agent has access to the MLS and other listing venues, which may not be the case if you opt for an FSBO. So if you’re one of the many first-time Athens home sellers and want to get the benefits of a local agent, contact us today at 706-928-9959.