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Avoid these common pitfalls when selling your home

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2023 | Blog, Real Estate Transactions

Selling your home can be a complex and daunting process, especially if you are not well-versed in the intricacies of the real estate market. Many home sellers stumble into common pitfalls that can lead to financial losses and unnecessary stress.

Learning about the mistakes to avoid when selling your home can ensure a smoother and more profitable experience.

Selling without an agent

While the idea of a For Sale by Owner or FSBO transaction might seem appealing for its cost-saving potential, it often leads to complications and missed opportunities. A recent study revealed that homes sold with the assistance of professional agents typically sold for $330,000 while FSBO homes sold for $225,000 on average. Also, navigating the intricate process of selling a home independently can be overwhelming and result in mistakes. Collaborating with an experienced real estate agent can streamline the process, save time and potentially increase your profits.

Underestimating costs

Selling a house involves more expenses than the price of your next home. It is also essential to anticipate various home-selling costs to avoid financial surprises. Potential costs you might encounter when selling property may include:

  • Agent commissions
  • Closing expenses
  • Staging fees
  • Home inspection charges
  • Concessions to buyers

Understanding these financial aspects from the outset can help you budget effectively and make informed decisions.

Choosing the wrong price

Determining the right asking price for your home is a delicate balancing act. Overpricing can deter potential buyers while underpricing can leave money on the table. Your real estate agent can provide analysis and insights into the prices of similar homes in your area, enabling you to set a competitive and accurate asking price. Getting the price right from the start can impact your home’s sale duration and final sale price.

With the right approach and guidance, you can achieve a smoother and more profitable home-selling experience.