Kathy Foran - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West

Posted by Kathy Foran on 11/1/2011

There is a selling myth that the spring real estate market is the best time to sell. Spring is often the busiest but it doesnít always mean it is the best time to sell your home. There are plenty of advantages to selling your home in the fall. Selling your home in the fall can often mean you have less competition than the spring market. You may also encounter more serious buyers. September and October have traditionally been a strong market and buyers can regain momentum looking to settle in before the New Year. Here are some tips on how to get your home sold before the holidays. -Price it right, grabbing the attention of deal-seeking house hunters can be tough. Price your home competitively; setting the right price or even a price slightly lower than your competition can lead to more interest and often a higher sales price. -If your home has been on the market now is time for a new look. New listing photos will give it a fresh feel. -Consider every offer. Buyers are looking for bargains, and may offer a lower price. Just because house hunters start low doesnít mean they wonít negotiate. Make counteroffers and try to negotiate until you and the buyer find a price you can agree on. -Use the fall foliage to boost your curb appeal. Plant fall flowers for lots of color. Clean up falling leaves and patch up any brown spots in the grass. You may also want to leave the lawn furniture out a little longer to help buyers envision what the outdoor space will look like. -Use fall decorations to warm up your home. Add a fall wreath to the front door and display pumpkins to welcome potential buyers. -Donít get left out in the cold. Buyers will associate negative feelings with a cold house make sure to keep the heat on a comfortable temperature. -Let the light in. Open the blinds and turn on the lights during the day. Use accent lights and lamps to create a warm feeling. -Make your fireplace a focal point. An inviting fireplace is a great selling point especially in the cooler weather. Donít forget to accessorize the mantle with mirrors, artwork or small vases. -Falling foliage exposes your home. Check for chipped paint, dirty siding and rotting trim. Make sure to take care to fix small problems before showing the home for sale. These quick and simple tips should have you well on your way to a new home in the New Year.