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It’s that time of year when most of us start to count our blessings, look back at what we’ve accomplished in 2013 and think about what we’ll get done in 2014. If selling your home is part of your resolution list for next year, there’s plenty of prep work you can do to set yourself up for home selling success.
Here are 5 things you can and should start working on without further ado, if you want to get your home sold - smoothly and for top dollar - in 2014.
1. Put your intentions in writing. The first step to any real estate transaction - actually, to anything important in life! - is to get clear on your goals. Unexpected challenges and situations might very well come up in the course of selling your home, so having a clear idea of your ultimate goals at the outset is a must to help you make the right decisions along the way and to remind you when you might need to course correct.
When you’re setting your objective and writing it down, it’s critical to be specific and holistic, drilling down to the details of what result it is you want your home sale to achieve in your life.
Also, establish where your priorities lie: with speed or with dollars? For example, your goal might be to sell your house as quickly as possible so you can relocate your family by spring. Or, your goal may be to sell your house at the best possible price no matter how long it takes.
Getting as clear as possible from the very beginning on your priorities and ultimate life objectives for the sale will allow you to communicate these crucial things clearly to your agent, and will power your decisions on issues like:
Can I list on MLS without a REALTOR®? We hear this question asked often, and the simple answer is NO. Only licensed real estate agents (also referred to as REALTOR®?) have access to the MLS.