Wednesday, 9 December 2015

How DO You Sell a House?

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with RateMyAgent.

You all know we're planning on selling our home as I've been banging on about it here for some time now. A little longer than expected too. We're still getting there, bit by painfully-slow-bit. If my kids were a little tidier and more helpful, then perhaps we would be much closer to the next big step; the official enlisting of an agent to manage the sale.

Buying a home seemed way easier in hindsight, than the selling of one. We are rather shocked to have discovered this too. I guess we'd never thought about this next step, believing that this major purchase would be our dwelling for decades initially. It was not to be, however. It's just not for us this location.

Selling up is much trickier, as everything has to be just perfect in order to reach your golden asking price. This would be a fairly easy task if it weren't for our children undermining every single effort we put in, to making our home look great!

We do the gardening; the kids destroy it.
We clean a room; the kids mess it up.
Geez, we've even filled small holes in the wall with putty, only to have the kids poke it all out again!

It's a never-ending cycle of try, fail and start all over again.

We are no experts at selling either, other than knowing that the house needs to look very presentable. This means we've been watching an endless stream of television shows on the how-to's of the subject. My husband even borrowed a series of books from the library on the topic. Needless to say, we have a good idea now of what we're in for. We've developed a kind of 'tentative confidence.'

We have in the interim, unofficially listed our home on the market for sale. There's no signage out the front or internet mentions at this stage. No photographer has yet set foot inside to snap the chaos we're hoping will magically remedy itself. We are at this point in time simply known to our chosen agent as up-and-comings.

We've not been terribly adventurous when it came to choosing our agent after all those long months of studying our options. We've chosen to run with the agent who sold us our home initially. We know that he has handled all consultations on our property since it was just a block of land in the early 1980's. His agency has handled every sale, every time and we feel well-represented by his knowledge and expertise about our particular property and the price we want for it.

All good, we think.

Thankfully we've just been introduced to a fantastic website where you can check the credibility and performance of your chosen estate agent. It's called RateMyAgent. You can use this free tool to research local agents and qualify who is best placed to represent you and your property. They receive over 2000 reviews each week from vendors who rate their experience with agents and all reviews are tied to properties sold, so you can see agents selling homes similar to your own.

I've just checked out our agent on RateMyAgent and discovered that they have the highest market share and seller rating in our area. I had the option to rank local agents by most recommended, sales and number of active listings and our agent came out on top. Feeling super-confident now! Which is good, because like I said, we're fledglings at this selling homes business.

Come these Christmas holidays, we're hoping to make some major in-roads into having our photographer booked, a 'for sale' sign hammered-in out front and some more regular potential buyers walking through our door. Needless to say, we're very excited about the next steps in our journey now. If we can just get up to it...

Have you sold a house before?
Did you find getting it 'market-ready' a huge challenge too?
Did you research your agent and how did you do it?



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