Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sell Your Home Or Real Estate The Safe Way

At some point every homeowner will need to sell their real estate property. And, of course, that means that complete strangers will be entering your home.

Think about that. You may be thinking about the features of your home or what to say and what not to say to your prospective buyer, while they may actually have devious intentions.

But let's face it - you have to sell your real estate, don't you? You can prevent becoming a victim with just a little bit of preparation.

When you list your real estate property, you really only start with two options:

  • Show your own real estate

  • Let a real estate agent sell it for you.
Of course, your safest option will be to let a real estate agent sell your home. It means you'll be paying a commission when your home sells, but it almost completely eliminates any risk involved with showing your home to strangers - and that's priceless.

If you're hard set on selling your home yourself, then I probably haven't convinced you to hire a real estate agent. So, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Let neighbors know that you are selling your home yourself and ask them to keep an eye on things for you. Most neighbors won't mind a bit.

  • Always say "by appointment only" in your listing or classified ad for your real estate. Don't allow people to just stop by when they want.

  • Screen your potential buyers over the phone until you feel comfortable with letting them come into your home.

  • If at all possible, try to have someone in the house with you such as a friend, a neighbor, spouse, etc.

  • Always keep a cordless phone in your hand while the potential buyer is in your home.
The bottom line is that you need to use common sense when showing your home to a stranger. Always be cautious and never let your guard down. As I mentioned earlier, you're better off letting a real estate agent sell your home for you.

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