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The second thing that most buyers scrutinize after square footage is bathroom and bedroom counts. There is hardly a buyer that doesn't dream of having a separate bedroom for guests or having a whole bathroom to themselves. Even if you live in a really great neighborhood it won't help if you only have one bathroom or just a couple of bedrooms.
Not in step with neighboring houses
Is yours a single-family house in an ocean of townhomes? Do you have a condominium in a modern building surrounded by historic homes? If your neighborhood lacks comps, a mortgage lender is going to have a difficult time properly assessing its resale possibilities and may underestimate your home’s worth. And if your buyers find that your house has been unfairly assessed this gives them ammunition to try to negotiate down the sale price.
Lacking in “wow" factor
One real estate agent noted that some buildings just have an intangible "it" factor. This might be rare architectural finishes, the fact that celebrities live nearby or proximity to a popular landmark. If there's nothing that really makes your house stand out – if there's no “wow factor" to help distinguish it from those dozens of other houses on the market – it can sometimes be tough to attract attention, especially during the busy spring market.
Perhaps the most critical factor in determining how much you can get for your house is how you price it, as you just must price it correctly. Naturally, you want to sell your house for as much as possible but if you price it too high, it may sit on the market for so long that potential buyers will think you will probably accept a lower offer. In addition, you may receive low offers or no offers at all. In fact, statistics show that the more you overprice a property the more likely it is that you will eventually sell it at a lower price than it’s worth.
The real estate agent
Last but certainly not least how much you get for your home will depend heavily on the Realtor(R) you choose. Make sure she or he has a lot of experience marketing homes in your area and price range and that they demonstrate a knowledge of home prices in your area. Your Realtor should have a good marketing plan for your house as there is a lot more to selling it than just putting it on the MLS. Interview a number of different Realtors before selecting one and make sure you choose one that has a solid track record for selling homes in your area.
Staging your home
A new trend that's popped up the past few years is called staging your home. This video explains what this is and offers 10 inexpensive tips for staging your house to sell fast.