If you’re like many people thinking about selling a home in Sierra Vista, you know that if you play your cards right, you can make a nice profit. But how do you get the most for your home? This guide explains.
Selling Your Home in Sierra Vista? Here’s How to Maximize Your Profit
This guide explains the following:
- Understanding the Sierra Vista real estate market
- The importance of staging your home for sale
- Why your agent should invest in quality photography
- Leveraging the power of social media and online marketing
- The benefits of hiring a local real estate agent
Here’s a closer look at each.
Understanding the Sierra Vista Real Estate Market
The Sierra Vista real estate market is a bit different than other markets in the area. Because of nearby Fort Huachuca, there are many military families who live in the area. There are also many local businesses that cater to military and government employees. As a matter of fact, there are a number of people living in Sierra Vista who work for the federal government and the state government. Some also work for national contractors. There are a number of rental properties in the city, as well, due to the transient nature of a significant portion of the population.
That means selling your home here is different than it would be selling it somewhere else. You need to work with a local professional who understands the market and how it works to sell your home quickly and at the best possible profit.
The Importance of Staging Your Home for Sale
Like any other area, it’s very important to stage your home if you intend to sell. Staging is the art of making your home as appealing as possible to the widest possible range of buyers. As your agent, I may recommend that you hire a professional stager, but if that’s not in the cards for you, don’t worry. You can successfully stage your home for sale on your own. Staging requires a little bit of know how and the right touches, and it all starts with a spotlessly clean home. After you clean and declutter your space, staging is all about highlighting your home’s best features. If you have questions about staging, don’t hesitate to ask. My team and I will tell you everything you need to know.
Why Your Agent Should Invest in Quality Photography
Most people begin their home searches online, which is why it’s so important to have a real estate agent who invests in high quality photography. That’s because people will develop a first impression of your home as they’re clicking through the listing photos. You want that impression to be a good one period in fact, you want it to be so good that people can’t resist scheduling an appointment to come see your home. The more traffic you get through the door, the more likely you are to sell your home at the right price.
Leveraging the Power of Social Media and Online Marketing
You need a real estate agent who understands the power of social media and online marketing. Because most prospective buyers are online, your agent needs to understand how to navigate social communities and online advertising. That’s the best way to get your home in front of qualified prospective buyers.
Hiring a Local Real Estate Agent
The best way to get the most from your home when you sell is to hire a local agent. You need someone who knows the area and how to market to qualified buyers. Although there’s nothing wrong with hiring someone who doesn’t live and work in Sierra Vista, it’s typically better to work with someone who’s intimately familiar with the community, knows what local buyers and out of town buyers are looking for, and understands the INS and outs of home pricing in each neighborhood in the city.
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FAQ About Selling Your Home in Sierra Vista
Check out these commonly asked questions about selling your home in Sierra Vista. If you don’t see the answers here, please call our office and we’ll get you the information you need.
How long does it take to sell a home in Sierra Vista?
It varies depending on market conditions, the home’s location and condition, and the price. Typically, it takes between 65 to 90 days from listing to closing. Factors like how competitively the home is priced and how effectively it is marketed can also affect the timeline.
How much does it cost to sell my house?
There are several costs associated with selling a house. The biggest is usually the real estate agent commission, typically about 6% of the home’s sale price, split between the buyer’s and seller’s agents. Other costs include closing costs, which can be 1-3% of the sale price. You might also need to account for costs for home staging, repairs or improvements, professional photography, and possibly a home warranty for the buyer. Overall, expect to spend around 10% of the home’s selling price on these combined costs.
When is the best time to sell?
The ideal time to sell can depend on many factors. In Sierra Vista, spring and summer are often when the real estate market is most active. That said, the best time for you might depend on your personal circumstances, and a good real estate agent can help you determine the optimal time to list your property.
What should I do to prepare my home for sale?
Preparation can involve several steps. First, consider making any necessary repairs—fixing leaky faucets, replacing faulty light fixtures, etc. Home staging, which might involve decluttering, rearranging furniture, or even bringing in new furnishings, can make the home more appealing to buyers. Investing in professional photography can also make a big difference. A picture is often the first impression potential buyers have of your home, so high-quality photos are key.
Do I need to disclose any information about the house?
Yes, sellers are required to fill out a property disclosure statement that details the condition of the property, including any known defects or problems. It’s important to be truthful and complete in this document. Not only is it a legal requirement, but honesty at this stage can also help prevent disputes or legal issues later on.
Can I sell my house as-is?
Yes, you can sell a house “as is,” meaning without making any repairs or improvements. However, keep in mind that homes in better condition generally sell for more money. If the house has major problems that you don’t plan to fix, you should disclose these to potential buyers.
Should I get a pre-inspection before listing my house?
It’s not required, but a pre-inspection can provide a heads-up about any potential issues that might turn up in the buyer’s inspection. This allows you to address these problems upfront or adjust the listing price accordingly.
What if my house doesn’t sell right away?
If your house doesn’t sell as quickly as you’d like, don’t panic. There can be many reasons a house doesn’t sell immediately. It could be priced too high, or maybe it just needs more marketing exposure. Your agent can provide advice on the best steps to take, whether it’s adjusting the price, improving the home’s curb appeal, or stepping up the marketing strategy.
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