Barbara S. Reeves
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Barbara S. Reeves, Assoc. Broker, Realtor®
RE/MAX by the Bay Realtors®
2810 Highway 98, Suite C
Daphne, Alabama 36526

Phone: 888.489.8001
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Your Mobile AL Home Isn't Sold?

It can be very frustrating to put your Mobile, Al home for sale on the market, expecting a fast sale, only to find that after six months you’re still waiting for an offer. What can you do?

First, determine if it’s a result of timing. You may have started worrying too soon. If it has been only a month and you haven’t gotten a bite, not to worry. The time a home stays on the market is related to the market’s strength, which varies regionally. According to The National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, two-thirds of all homes sold in the United States in sold within two months, with the average sale taking place within five weeks. However, homes in the Northeast and West sold slightly faster (four weeks) than those in the Midwest and South (five weeks). Of course, other factors may be responsible for your home not selling. Fast forward, then foreclosures and short sales are making the process much more difficult. Now we are dealing with low inventory and very stringent lending practices. You absolutely need a real estate professional with at least ten years of experience under their belt.

Inaccurate pricing.
A house priced at market value piques the interest of real estate professionals and buyers while overpricing chases them away. Even if the seller adjusts the price later, it’s difficult to recapture people’s interest. In the current Mobile, Alabama real estate market it is absolutely critical to price your house at market price. Pricing higher in order to negotiate down to market value no longer works.

Because it’s only natural to overestimate the value of one’s home, home sellers should depend on factual reference points, such as an appraisal and comparables (Comparable Market Analysis or CMA) to help estimate market value for your Mobile Al real estate, Daphne real estate, Fairhope Alabama real estate and Spanish Fort real estate. Real estate professionals prepare comparables by examining similar properties that recently sold in a neighborhood. This practice is the best way to arrive at a realistic asking price.

Insufficient exposure. 
If you’re selling your home on your own, you may want to consider using a real estate professional. As reported in the previously mentioned NAR study, buyers were most likely to learn about the home they purchased through a real estate professional. Sales professionals develop comprehensive marketing strategies to sell a home. They generally use open houses, yard signs, MLS, newspaper ads, the Internet and brochures to give a property maximum exposure. Limited interest and thinly attended open houses may indicate a need for more exposure.

Condition and appearance of a home.
Sellers shouldn’t rely on buyers to use their imagination; they need to capture it. This is now a beauty contest to sell your Mobile, Al area home, the prize goes to the most attractively staged and priced.  Remember that buyers may see seven or eight homes in a single day. The most memorable home will be the one that seemed the brightest, the most spacious, the most cheerful. This invariably means rearranging and eliminating furniture, removing excess knickknacks and so on, to create an open, uncluttered look. Outside, do a visual check of the front of the house from across the street. Does it have curb appeal? It should look inviting, with a trimmed lawn and a freshly painted front door. A real estate professional can offer some guidance in this area.

Terms/conditions.
Even if the home is accurately priced, and the buyer is delighted with what he or she sees, if the buyer can’t live with the terms of the sale, he or she may walk away. What sort of terms or conditions have you placed on the sale? Evaluate how this may be affecting a potential sale.

Less-than-desirable neighborhood.
Normally, there’s not much a homeowner can do about the surrounding neighborhood. But if your home is not selling and you’ve examined every other factor, this may be something to consider.

For homeowners who can postpone selling and are aware that certain issues need to be addressed on the neighborhood level, now is the time to join or organize a town beautification group. By the time you’re ready to sell, today’s eyesores will have been eliminated.

For more information about Mobile AL homes for sale, Daphne real estate listings, Fairhope Alabama property for sale, Saraland homes for sale, Semmes Al rel estate listings or Theodore Alabama homes for sale please CALL or TEXT 251-510-0629.