Bay Area Houses Taking Longer to Sell
Has your Bay Area house been sitting on the market longer than expected? Are you starting to get worried because you need to sell? You are not alone. Over the past few months the Bay Area housing market has softened some. In most counties, houses are taking longer to sell and going for slightly less. There are many contributing factors, everything from rising interest rates to kids going back to school. For you, the specific reasons aren’t important, all you want to do is sell your house ASAP. Here are a few things to consider in order get your house sold quickly.
You can either hire a professional staging company or use your current furniture. While this may seem like a small thing, it actually makes a big difference on how your house will impact potential buyers as they walk through it. A well-done staging job takes all the guess work away from buyers, they don’t need to try to imagine what the house will look like once they move in since they can actually see it. The old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. If you want to make the best first impression possible then you should consider staging.
Similar to the tip on staging, cleaning up the front of your house is huge. As buyers are driving up to your house for the first time, you want them to be impressed by the outside and eager to see what’s waiting inside. Simple things like washing down the driveway, trimming the bushes and cutting the grass can dramatically change the look of your house. If you want to go a little further consider painting the front of the house or at least the trim and upgrade your landscaping.
Vacate the House
While it is not uncommon for a seller to still live in their house while trying to sell it or even request time after close of escrow to vacate the house, it does add another factor to consider for potential buyers. If you have already moved out buyers don’t have to worry about when they will actually be able to take possession of their new house. Additionally, I vacate house is a lot easier for agents to show since they do not have to set up an appointment. The more available the house is, the more showings it will get which in turn means offers.
Consider an Alternative Sales Strategy
Listing your house for sale with a real estate agent is the most common way to sell a house, but it may not be the best option for you. If you’re looking to get your Bay Area house sold fast and avoid the stress of waiting for an offer you might want to consider working directly with a buying company. Proud Start, LLC is and experienced and trusted Bay Area Home Buyer. Give us a call to learn about all the benefits of working directly with your buyer. We will make you a fast cash offer and can close in a week.