Spring is traditionally a time when many prospective home buyers step up their searches and begin the process of finding a new home. Even in an uncertain economy, with an unpredictable real estate market, there will be considerable interest in homes for sale as we edge ever nearer to the summer months.
With all the negative media coverage regarding home sales around the country it is totally understandable that a great number of sellers and buyers are exercising extra caution. But, the fact remains that the majority of Americans still want to own a home and all the confusing rhetoric about buying versus renting, bargain foreclosures and declining values can only add to our general lack of confidence and discomfort.
The truth is, there are some excellent deals available throughout the Destin and Emerald Coast region right now. It's very much a buyer's market, as it is in many parts of the US and some sellers may find that their homes are not realizing the kind of values that they expected. With this in mind, if you are considering selling a property, it's essential that you do your best to give your home the best exposure possible.
Of course, hiring the right agent is essential. The importance of finding a Realtor with extensive local knowledge and expertise cannot be overstated. Check their track record and marketing skills, and make sure that you communicate well with one another.
If you are selling in an area where there are other homes on the market, price your property accordingly. It may be that your home is not worth what it was 5 years ago, and while that may certainly be frustrating, it is important that you agree on a sale price that will give you a better chance of actually selling it. By setting your price too high, it is unlikely you will even get viewers, never mind buyers. Serious sellers know that there are compromises to be made in almost every market.
It's always a good idea to spruce your place up a bit too. Simply de-cluttering, touching up the paintwork and tidying the yard can make a huge difference in how potential buyers will view a property. Most viewers like to imagine themselves and their belongings in a home, so by presenting your property as a sort of blank canvas you will increase the potential for them to picture the house as theirs. Neutral paintwork, minimal furnishings and improved curb appeal are often cited as important elements when it comes to successfully selling a house. Making minor cosmetic repairs, and generally improving the overall look of your home, can do a lot to improve first impressions and put your property high on the list of desirable homes in even the most competitive market.
So, if you are considering buying a Florida property, now is a great time to get out and see the wide range of inventory available. If you're thinking of selling, don't delay in getting your home on the market - things are really going to be hotting up!
By the Karrie Rose Writing Team
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