How to Improve the Odds of an Offer on Your Home

  1. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. (when you list too high, you sell the competition, as those look like great buys!)
  2. Prepare for visitors. Get your house market ready at least two weeks before you begin showing it.  (buyers are not drawn to messy, dirty or clutter-filled properties.)
  3. Be flexible about showings. It’s often disruptive to have a house ready to show at the spur of the moment. But the more amenable you can be about letting people see your home, the sooner you’ll find a buyer. (your house is on the market because you have to sell it or want to sell it, you should welcome showings.)
  4. Anticipate the offers. Decide in advance what price and terms you’ll find acceptable. (nowadays, buyers are eager to purchase…not hearing a response from the sellers, while they decide if they will take the offer, can turn off buyers and turn them on to another property instead.)
  5. Don’t refuse to drop the price. If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, you should be prepared to at least consider lowering your asking price. (not getting showings or second showings, and therefore no offers is a big indication that the list price does not adequately reflect the market value.)