If there is one thing I have learned in the past decade, it’s that some houses that I think should sell quickly, end up sitting and others homes that should take a while to sell, are quickly sold.
The good news is, that you have options if you are looking to sell your Sacramento house fast. But keep in mind that no one can guarantee how quickly you can sell your house in Sacramento unless they are a cash home buyer. We can purchase your house in its current “As-Is Condition”, with no inspections or contingencies, no financing and we are ready to close immediately.
That aside, if you choose to sell the house yourself (as a for sale by owner) or list the house with a real estate agent it may take a little more effort than placing a for sale sign in the front yard and calling it day.
If you hire a real estate agent ask them directly:
“How EXACTLY will you market my home to potential buyers?”
Ask that one question to most realtors, and they’ll fumble for an answer. Then they’ll spend a few minutes promoting how you’ll be featured on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). That’s a given. All realtors promote their listings through the MLS.
Then, they’ll talk about their own brokerage website. Keep in mind, most brokerage sites get very little traffic, leading to very few (if any) showings. Maybe they run Craigslist ads, or say how you’ll appear in the local newspaper, or talk about your home flyers.
ALL of these so-called “marketing tactics” are very basic and should be a small part of a much bigger, much broader marketing plan.
Most real estate agents have a limited playbook and operate in a one size fits all world. It doesn’t surprise me that they have limited vision as the training most agents receive is so miopic in scope that they cannot understand the nuances of the market, neighborhood by neighborhood and house by house. One size does not fit all and sometimes you’d wish they owned a crystal Ball to guide them through the process.
We all know Real estate markets fluctuate — sometimes there are more buyers than sellers and when sellers list a house they are snapped up the same day. Sometimes markets are slow, when there are more houses on the market than buyers which means a house might stay on a listing for weeks or even months without getting any offers!
Also keep in mind that in real estate it always boils down to at least four items;
- Competition (other houses for sale)
In my experience, buyers shop neighborhood by neighborhood, determine what they want in a house, compare yours to the others and finally make an evaluation based on price or what they can afford.
Homeowners who are selling their homes have one thing in common; they want a lot of traffic and a fast sale. Many quickly become frustrated at just how long it can take.
That duration can be disruptive to your life, especially if you have to wait on the sale of your own home in order to buy another home or move to a different city.
Whether you’re choosing to sell your house yourself, or you’re using the services of a real estate agent, here are some tips to help you sell your house as quickly as possible.
Here’s how to sell your home fast in Sacramento CA!
Create Interest & Capture attention
Selling your home is a competitive. And in every sale, you need to start by creating an interest, and attracting the attention of potential buyers. This means making your home stand out, or doing something that makes someone stop and look. Sometimes it’s as painting the front door in a neighborhood of bland doors. Maybe it’s a unique price that makes people look twice. Maybe it’s new flowers and trimmed shrubs in the front yard.
Differentiate from the Competition
To draw in a potential customer, you should try to make your home memorable. Consider fresh paint inside and out. Add new base board and drown molding in the main living areas or installing new high grade windows, landscaping and even a new roof. These things all cost money but will improve the look of your house and raise it’s value.
A word of caution… don’t over improve or you may never see a return on your investment.
Remove the clutter
It is crucial to eliminate all the clutter from the house before showing it off. This is because people need to picture themselves in that space. Therefore, you might want to get rid of some furniture to create a larger space, and also removing all your family photos and other personal belongings.
You can hire an expert to clean the clutter on your behalf. More money.
Incentivise the deal
You want to sell your home faster in Sacramento CA? Then learn how to add incentives to the sale. You can offer unique terms that will sweeten the pot. For instance, paying the closing costs for your customer. This will attract more attention from those who are hunting for the best house deals in Sacramento.
Market your house everywhere
As you promote your house, be sure to market it everywhere you can. Use social media, websites, blogs, video, and anything else you can think of to get the word out about your house. Even if your real estate agent is marketing the property, you should do your own marketing to promote the property too.
Finally there is another way to sell your house fast that you might not know about…
Did you know that there are real estate investment companies out there that buy houses for cash?
At Westbrook REI, that’s what we do! We find properties and buy them for cash… we’ll even buy them in their current as-is condition and we close very, very quickly (often in as little as a week). If you want to market your house yourself hoping to get the highest offer possible, go ahead — we’ve given you some great ideas in this blog post. But if you want to act really fast and sell your home now… call me at (209) 481-7780 and schedule an appointment.
At “Westbrook REI”, We buy houses in Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto CA. , we are the best at what we do because we work at it every day. We understand that a commitment to customer and a commitment to our business only happens with hard work. We have years of experience and a plan that we follow. We are a real company with real people that are committed to helping you achieve your goals.