If you are thinking about listing your home for sale, you should be careful not to make the same mistakes that other sellers have. Once you have decided that you are ready to move, you should be fully committed to making it a successful experience. Well prepared home sellers, sell their homes faster.

In the current hot housing market, media reports are filled with examples of homes selling quickly for the asking price or more. Because of that, sellers these days often expect their home to sell in just a few weeks or even days. When that doesn’t happen, worry and doubt may start to set in. I had a past experience where I sold a home in just a few days. Conversely, I bought one that had been on the market for several months.

The kids are grown and have children of their own. You and your partner have both recently retired and after many years of hard work you are ready to enjoy some of that bucket list you have created over the years. You both agree, intellectually, that your current four bedroom, three bath house is much larger than you need. You no longer want to spend your weekends pruning shrubs, mowing the lawn or washing all of the floors. In fact, you would much rather be enjoying wine tours, travel, community events and day trips BUT what about when the children and grandkids visit? What about all of the memories? Where will the family gather for holiday dinners and events?

Buying or selling a home can be very stressful. After all it is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your life. At Royal LePage Chatham-Kent we understand how complex and time consuming the process can be. Our agents and brokers are here to help you every step of the way.

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A Toronto brokerage known as The RedPin has shared an opinion of the effectiveness of Open Houses.  They state that the ritual of holding an open house attracts many potential buyers, however, Open Houses only account for 5% of sales.  Sales reps hold Open Houses to attract new clients, but many open houses also attract nosy neighbours and “lookie-loos” out for some free weekend entertainment.

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You are about to list your home and you have been debating whether an Open House is something you should do. Every in-law and friend has an opinion. Some will tell you it’s the only way to sell, while others may try to convince you of the the labour and time involved to prepare. If you have conflicting feelings, then it is a discussion you should have with your real estate agent. An experienced listing agent will be able to answer your questions. So have them ready. Once you have the answers, you can balance the pros and cons for yourself, and then determine if an Open House meets your needs as a home seller. This decision is one that only you, and your agent can make.

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