It's no secret it's a sizzling seller's market right now. If you are a Veteran or an Active Duty Service Member, and are thinking of selling your home, here are some tips that will help ensure a successful sale.
Find a Top Real Estate Broker
Even though it's a seller's market and it's easier to sell a home nowadays, you'll want to find an experienced, local real estate broker to help you. You will net more money if you use a broker to help you sell your home. They know the tricks of getting you the most for your home right now. If you will also be purchasing a home, ask your broker to recommend the best VA home loan lenders.
It's important to know that commission is negotiable. Whether you have minimal United States military service or you have the highest military rank in the world, ask for a discounted commission. Your broker should honor you for your service with a discount. Don't be unreasonable, however. Be sure it's a win-win for you and your real estate broker.
Prepare Your Home
Your real estate broker will give you ideas on how you can prepare your home for sale. Declutter and remove personal items from your home such as family photos and knickknacks. A good top-to-bottom cleaning is definitely in order before you list your home for sale. You may have to paint and replace some carpet. There may be some repairs that need to be made. Your broker can give you staging ideas as well.
Curb appeal is the first impression buyers have of your home. You want buyers to be awed when they are walking up to the front door. Be sure you have a well-manicured lawn that is free of weeds. Spruce up your landscaping beds with a fresh topping of mulch. Trim bushes and trees. Power wash the exterior of your home. Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door if it needs it.
Since inventory is low and buyer demand is high, you will want to be prepared for quite a few showings the first few days it's on the market. It's best not to be at home during the showings. Perhaps plan an outing for a couple of days. Be sure to be available for your broker if offers come in.
Negotiate a Contract
You may find yourself receiving more than one offer. Your real estate broker will help you navigate through the multiple offer process.
Once you have a signed offer and move through the various contingencies, you'll be ready to close. Before you know it you'll be celebrating the sale of your home.