Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sell Your Deep Creek Lake Home This Fall!

The last few weeks, we’ve talked about what it takes to buy a Deep Creek Lake home this fall.  But, what if you’re thinking of selling?  Today we wanted to take a few minutes to give you some tips about getting your Deep Creek Lake home sold in the coming months.
Here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we know that the thought of selling your home can be overwhelming.  But, the great news is that the fall is an ideal time to sell!  As buyers consider buying a vacation home or permanent residence on Deep Creek Lake, they will want to be settled into their new home before the holiday season.  Get a jump start on the competition by getting your home on the Deep Creek Lake market soon!  Here are ten key tips to get you started!
1. Update your listing photos- If your Deep Creek Lake home was listed last winter or spring, talk with your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent about updating your home’s marketing with brand new fall shots. Pictures from the previous season make your listing seem dated.

2. Focus on curb appeal- Selling your Deep Creek Lake home during the fall certainly comes with one advantage: the season's beautiful foliage which can automatically make your home more attractive for showings. However, you still need to do your part to keep your home looking its best. Start by sprucing up your lawn, keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking and patch up any brown spots in the grass.

3. Appeal to the senses- As the weather cools down in Deep Creek Lake, make your home a warm, welcoming space where buyers will want to stick around. If you encourage them to stay awhile during showings, you give them more time to admire your home's best features.

4. Flaunt your fireplace- A warm, inviting fireplace is a great selling point as the weather gets cooler. Highlight this fall-friendly feature by arranging your furniture to make your fireplace a focal point. Place a mirror, artwork, vases or other tasteful decor on top of the mantel to make it even more prominent.

5. Think like a buyer- Fall house hunters are looking for great deals on Deep Creek Lake homes, so be prepared for lowball offers and possible non-serious buyers. Manage your expectations and negotiate accordingly, depending on your motivation.

6. Hire a reliable real estate professional- As the market picks up this fall, you definitely want a great Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent to take some of the pressure of selling your home off your shoulders. If you are still searching for an agent; our experienced Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Real Estate agents would love to help you sell your Deep Creek Lake home

7. Price it right- If you want to grab the attention of Deep Creek Lake buyers in this competitive market, you need to price your home correctly from the start - possibly slightly lower than comparable homes in your neighborhood. Setting your listing price just right could lead to a bidding war, resulting in a higher sales price for you. Work with your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent to price your home correctly.

8. Watch your timing- Put your Deep Creek Lake home on the market well in advance of looking for a new home. And don't place an offer on your next home until you have solid offers on the one you have to sell now. The last thing you want to do is juggle two mortgage payments.

9. Beware of TMI (too much information)- Buyers think most sellers these days are in dire straits, so don't do anything to add to that perceived advantage and lower your potential selling price. For instance, if you are moving from Deep Creek Lake due to a job transfer, it's best not to offer up that information or at the very least, downplay the urgency. While you are obligated to disclose everything about the property's condition, you aren't obligated to disclose your personal situation.

10. Be flexible- We are currently in a buyers market in Deep Creek Lake so be willing to work with buyers to help your chances of making a quick sale. Offer to pay for closing costs or repairs, and be adaptable when it comes to showing your home and holding open houses. If you really need to sell your Deep Creek Lake home, you need to accommodate buyers' busy schedules as well. This might mean opening your home on weeknights and weekends. Be flexible!

If you have questions about selling your Deep Creek Lake home or would like to learn more about our selling strategy; please feel free to contact us today!

We would love to help you sell your Deep Creek Lake home in a timely and efficient manner!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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