I come from a long line of real estate professionals in my family. In fact, I have even studied real estate sales myself. And although I ultimately took a different career-path that led me to work on-stage with Bob Barker and Drew Carey at The Price Is Right, I have always dabbled in buying and selling real estate. As a matter of fact, some of the biggest wind-falls that I have ever had in life, came from buying and selling real estate.
This article is a step-by-step "How To" for anyone looking for advice and tips on how to sell their home or property. This list continues to grow as new segments are recorded. Be sure to check our Moving Families Initiative® Youtube Channel for new "Tips".
Tip #1: Hire A Local Real Estate Agent (Watch Video)
Be sure to vet your prospective real estate agent. Make sure that they know and service your neighborhood. Having a real estate agent who knows exactly what your property is worth is the best way to be sure that you are getting top-dollar for your home sale.
Tip #2: De-Clutter Your House Before You Show It (Watch Video)
Prior to listing and showing your home in an open house, be sure to walk around your home and put away any and all clutter. Remove and hide anything and everything on your kitchen counters and island (if you have one). I the bathrooms, put away all shampoo and conditioner bottles. And clean the shower glass. Make your home look as spotless and decluttered as possible.
Tip #3: Hire A Professional Photographer (Watch Video)
Since a bulk of the interest in your house being for sale comes from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or other real estate sites on the internet... having superb photos of your property is essential. Be sure to discuss with your real estate agent just who is going to be the one to pay for those photos too.
Tip #4: Pricing Your Home To Sell Fast (Watch Video)
If you are interested in a quick sale, here is my best tip for pricing your house just right. Be sure to obtain a list of "comps" or comparable properties in your neighborhood. From those "comps" you can easily come up with the fair market value for your home. Once you have that comparable number, shave off 10% - 15% and THAT will be your listing price. By shaving 10% - 15% off... you will be turning folks away at your first open house. And who knows, you'll probably make up that shaved off percentage once your property gets multiple offers. Good luck!
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About The Author:
Rich Fields is a nationally known television and radio personality who (among other things) was the announcer on America's favorite family game-show, The Price is Right. Rich is the only announcer in TPIR history to have worked on-camera with both Bob Barker and Drew Carey.