March 2019

5 Big Reasons to Sell Your Home This Year (Because It Could Get Tougher)

realtor.com
By Rachel Stults | Feb 20, 2019

It's no secret that life's been pretty good to sellers for the past several years. Even if you had no need-or desire-to move, the housing landscape might have seriously tempted you to put your house on the market anyway. After all, it's hard not to see visions of dollar signs when your neighbors are unloading their homes for tens of thousands over asking price.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. And you've probably heard that the white-hot housing market of years past is finally beginning to cool.

So if you haven't listed your home before now, did you miss the boat? Absolutely not. But with each passing month, the experts say, you can expect the housing climate to shift a bit more in buyers' favor.

"It's definitely still a seller's market in most of the country. But it's not the same seller's market that you saw in the last couple of years," says Danielle Hale, chief economist of realtor.comĀ®. "You might have to think about how your home compares to the competition that buyers are going to see when they're shopping. And you might have to price a little bit more competitively, or think about other enticements to attract buyers."

There's still a chance to cash in for top dollar, though, if you move quickly. Here are the biggest reasons to sell ASAP in 2019.

1. You won't be the only listing for long

The top reason sellers have been in the catbird seat for the past several years? Inventory. There simply weren't enough homes on the market to keep up with buyer demand. And when a "For Sale" sign did go up, you can bet a bidding war would soon follow.





6 Ways To Get Your Home Ready For A Spring Sale

Forbes
Brenda Richardson, Contributor


Selling your home in the spring doesn't mean you have to actually wait until spring to prepare your home for a sale. After the holiday whirlwind of festivities and guests, it's time to get your house in order this winter for a successful spring sale.

I asked two pros, Mary Cook, president of interior design firm Mary Cook Associates in Chicago, and Judy Dutton, deputy editor of realtor.com, for advice on what you can do now to get ready for spring showings and open houses. Here's what they had to say.

Let natural light flood the rooms. "The best way to prepare your home for a spring sale is to open it up, lighten it up and brighten it up," says Cook. For instance, she recommends raising shades and opening curtains to let in natural light. If your decorative valances have seen better days, remove them.

"There was a period of time when people were doing a lot of decorative valances," says Cook. "They are not operable window treatments, and they are just hanging there. After six years, they become faded by the sun, and they are dust collectors, so take them down."

Renovate what's outdated. "If your kitchen or bathroom screams 1980s and may give buyers flashbacks, they should be updated before you sell," says Dutton.









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