Monday, April 25, 2016
Listing your home for sale
We had three different realtors over the period of time our house was listed. We first listed right before the market crashed. So we only stayed on the market 5 months.
Then we waited a couple of years and tried again. This time we listed in late July and stayed listed til November. That year it seemed that the market was really good in April and May and then it stopped for houses in our price range again. At this time there were three or four condos available where we wanted to move. They weren't selling then either.
So after the holidays we thought we will list again early as in March. That still didn't bring us a buyer til November. At the same time condos were selling as soon as they hit the market or even before. A big change from the summer before. We literally had given up and were getting ready to take our house off the market and we got an offer. But there wasn't anything on the market that we wanted. But most of you know the story on how lucky we were to find this little cottage (condo).
But the reason behind this post, sorry I got distracted.
ROOF This is the reason I think it took us so long to sell. It was 30 years old but was still in good condition. There were no leaks in our roof. But all the realtors said if we list the house lower and that would reflect that the house needed a new roof. WRONG I really think had we replace that roof before we listed our home would not have sat so long. As it was we had to replace the roof before we moved. That is probably the biggest expense that you can have in maintaining a home. Windows can be replaced one at a time, as carpeting or flooring.
Make sure you know how much closing costs are when you sell and buy another home. In our case the closing costs were $25,000 on a $200,000 house.
You can clean and stage til the cows come in and it may not even help. Well, it does help but it didn't sell our house. (We don't have cows but we did have buzzards, lol)
Here are some of the reasons people weren't writing an offer:
Bedrooms not all on the same level
Not updated (no granite or stainless) We didn't want to replace ours in case we didn't sell.
Too many trees close to the house
The overhead electrical wires too low
Well and septic
Lots of yard work
Inadequate advertising (Our last realtor did advertise but the one before didn't)
It is such a wonderful feeling knowing that we are planted and found such a perfect place for us. I feel sorry for those that have signs for sale in their yards. We really like having "people" to mow and maintain the outside of our home. We are really happy to be here. I like finding spring surprises growing , like hostas and flowering trees. It was worth all that we went through.