New Year, New Home? Do You Know These 4 Steps?

4 Key steps you NEED to know before you sell your home

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Think you are ready to take a home-seller leap?  Great!  Call Janki at The J-Team for a free seller consultation and let’s walk through some key steps to ensure you have all of your ducks in a row before you list your home.

1. Define Your Needs

First, write down all the reasons for selling your home. Ask yourself this question: “Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?” For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move. For your specific circumstance, write down if you’d like to sell your home within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin.  The more specific and honest you are, the more clarity you will have in defining your needs. We here at The J-Team can help you map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale. Also, find out the most recent comparable property value in the area for your home at Home values seem to be relatively comparable in Fremont areas like Mission San Jose, Mission Hills, Gomes, and neighborhoods within zip code 94539.  These areas are notably known for flourishing communities and high caliber schools such as Mission San Jose High School, Hopkins Middle School, and various elementary schools scattered throughout.

2. Name Your Price

Your next objective should be to determine the best possible selling price for your home. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. You will need to take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and the state of the overall market in your area. It’s often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so your real estate agent’s expertise is invaluable at this step. Janki has the expertise and knowledge of what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood and the average time those homes are sitting on the market. If you want a truly objective opinion about the price of your home, you could have an appraisal done. This typically costs a few hundred dollars. Remember: You’re always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell. If your home sits on the market for too long, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property. Often, when this happens, the seller has to drop the price below market value to compete with newer, reasonably priced listings.

3. Prepare Your Home

Most of us don’t keep our homes in “showroom” condition. We tend to overlook piles of boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or windows that stick. It’s time to break out of that owner’s mindset and get your house in tip-top shape. The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to offer. First impressions are the most important. Janki and her team of stagers and photographers can help you take a fresh look at your home and suggest ways to stage it and make it more appealing to buyers.  A home with too much “personality” is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos, and personalized décor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs.  Make minor repairs and replacements. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer’s first impression.  Clutter is a big no-no when showing your home to potential buyers. Make sure you have removed all knick-knacks from your shelves and cleared all your bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.

4. Get the Word Out

Now that you’re ready to sell, Janki will set up a marketing strategy specifically designed for your home. There are many ways to get the word out, including: * The Internet * Yard signs * Open houses * Media advertising * Agent-to-agent referrals * Direct mail marketing campaigns, in addition to listing your home on the MLS.  She will use a combination of these tactics to bring the most qualified buyers to your home. Janki will structure the comprehensive marketing plan so that the first three to six weeks are the busiest.  In Fremont, Union City, San Jose, Milpitas and Hayward, Janki and her team have set offer deadlines due to the massive crowds that have attended previous open houses.  Find out the true value of your home with a free comparative marketing analysis here:

Our mission at The J-Team is to help buyers find their dream home and Sellers sell their home for maximum net PROFIT. If you are looking to sell your home, give The J-Team a call for a free consultation and we will assist you every step of the way.
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