Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck
There are a myriad of things to do before you are ready to sell your home. Some are less obvious than others and can easily slip through the cracks, like “googling” your address to see what information is out there about your home. Why you ask? According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly all buyers – an estimated 90% – search online during their hunt for a home. Knowing what prospective buyers are seeing helps you and your realtor understand the kinds of concerns prospective buyers may have, and proactively address them to position your home in the best way possible.
If you’ve never googled your address, it could be a little shocking… Expect to see pages and pages of indexed “facts” about your address, from estimated value by the wide array of real estate listing directories, to real estate records, people who are listed as residing there, voter records, and a whole lot more.
Once you’re past the shock of the monumental amount and quality of info, sort through the melee and figure out what’s helpful and what’s not. First, note the estimated value of your home on the various listings, especially if it’s very different from your listing price. Figuring out the cause of the difference allows you to address it in your actual listing. It could be you’ve made improvements not shown, or incorrect tax assessment records, etc. Don’t worry, much of it is fixable.
Second, look closely at the photos available online as they may be the first view potential buyers get. If you’ve made improvements since the streetview photos were taken you can address it in your listing and the photos you provide.
For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.
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