You are an owner of a Houlton Maine home, want to sell the house.
So just plant a sign out front. Nailed to a tree or speared in the front lawn and wait right?
NOooo. Don't play possum with the house market.
Getting ready to sell a home in Houlton Maine means you need a realistic price. A marketing strategy. A full throttle outside, not just local real estate exposure.
How do you know what the property, the Houlton Maine home listing is really worth?
Well, the market will tell you in time if over priced by hanging around. Like things in your refrigerator you forgot about.
A few months back. Until, something smells. Whoa. Geese Louise. Shelf life happens with real estate listings too. Property over priced, bloated, overweight in the price tag department is not so tasty. Is not so appetizing, appealing for someone looking for a house. Needing to buy a place to live.
Maine bank appraisers don't have a sense of humor about houses with way too much wiggle room left on the purchase and sale agreement either.
Padded, added on hoping for a sucker with a wheelbarrow of money to come along. Folks flush with cash have brains that helped them put it together. Save it up. Or folks needing a Maine bank to help them get a leg up to buy a Houlton home, are not going to pay just whatever the seller of the home wants. There are other homes in Houlton Maine out there to kick tires on and consider buying. Or building what the buyer wants is an option if the number for your place is just pie in the sky too high. No matter how pretty, drop dead gorgeous or make your heart race the place is.
So a realistic price, a figure hanging off the property that is in line with other sticker tags. On other homes in the Houlton Maine area is a must from the get go. A list price that considers recent property sales. Other competing listings like the subject being openly marketed in the Houlton Maine area. That's what starts the whole marketing dog and pony operation. A fair, realistic price is the ignition, blast off key. Not attitude, entitlement thinking that I would sell if I could get seven times the real market value. Waste of buyer, broker, bank, every one's time. Sellers waste their own time with lookey loos that have no hope of obtaining a mortgage loan. And only hope is hitting the lottery of a very big pot. It is not what the seller wants for the place. It is what the current market value study shows, allows and buyers agree to buy in to before sliding on to the Houlton Maine home teeter totter ride.
It has been suggested that twenty five percent of Maine MLS listings are over priced.
Add to it real estate home buyers that may want champagne on a beer budget listing and everything stalls like rush hour in the city. Property fairly priced, actively marketed locally and not kept a secret nationally will sell.
But think of all those thrown in park, stuck in traffic to maneuver around property listings that are destined to die on the market high speed highway. Expired without any hope of actually selling.
So pricing on the home, house in Houlton Maine. Has to be realistic or fold up the marketing tent. Game over.
End of show before it got underway.
The only, only good thing hopelessly over priced property listings, Houlton Maine homes with nose bleed high shock and awe, too many zero places in them is they make fairly priced houses look like even better deals.
Over priced houses in Houlton Maine cause an avalanche of misinformation chaos in the local market with sellers too.
Because they see 123 Morning Glory Circle hit the paper, live and in full color on the Internet for too high a price. So they do their own deciphering, come up with if that place is valued blank, then mine is worth even more logic. Because of the new addition, extra bay in the garage, fireplace in the living room. Oh oh. Holy flawed valuations Batman. Then word gets around that the local real estate market is hurting, slowed. Blamed on the economy news beamed in on television, over the net, printed in the local newspapers. No, not the real estate market to blame. Over priced properties don't sell in any market. Yes you can list price a property for any figure. Does not mean shooting for the stars, hoping for the moon can hope to happen though.
So, proper pricing on a Houlton Maine home, house, any real estate listing is life and death critical.
Like air, water, food, love important. Then what else is needed to assure a front row seat at the Houlton Maine real estate conference room closing? With a fair, realistic price in place. Well clean the place up, remove clutter, make it smell pretty. Or to have no odor at all. Old ceiling leak stains from before the new roof, get rid of them.
Because buyers won't believe the roof does not leak because the three year old stain says it did. It still does they reason.
Paint, re-paper, fix up the low points around the home.
Not just in one room like kitchen, the bathroom. Instead make the Houlton Maine home, the house overall in balance. With a little love spread around all the rooms evenly. And like kids in a family, playing no favorites room or area wise.
A Houlton Maine home seller does not notice overgrown shrubs, other deficiencies because they happen gradually over time. Sneak up on them when the house owner is not thinking a property sale sure would be nice.
Keep the place exciting, fun, fresh and don't put your real estate buyer to sleep with same old same old from lack of effort, desire to sell. People talk and lack of effort to make the place zing, sing will be circulated around the grapevine. Folks with purple ears don't keep secrets. Repeat what they see, what they hear.
Replace any missing lightbulbs. Let there be light. Especially in the garage, basement, attic, dark places. Real estate is emotional. Everyone is afraid of the dark with real estate unknown homes they are trying to see themselves buying, living in for a very long time.
Buyers purchase based on how the house, the yard, the locaton makes them feel. Like dating, good vibrations mean the place flirts with them. The buyer can see themselves hooking up, being married to the mortgage on the Houlton Maine house. Or not. They think they love the place but are they in love with the sticks, bricks, location, price? Feedback from buyers on what they don't like about the place is very helpful. There is your answer on why the sale is delayed. Everything on hold. And what needs to be addressed, adjusted during the real estate marketing show and tell.
So price the Houlton Maine home, house listing correctly, in line with the market value now.
Not the one rewound six years ago, not fast forwarded a decade out. Today. Now. Clean it up and remove clutter, make it high school skinny. To sparkle, be memorable. Create attractive, beef up the curb appeal again if neglected. Ideally have the property price on the high end of a lower bracket.
For searchers who filter, dial in and drill down through the house in Houlton price range they can afford. Get financing for ideally. And your listing price a tad high, a whisker over the limbo pole they set means missing on radar homes that are barely into the next bracket. For the all important online Houlton Maine home, house search. Delay with a sale on an empty home, being heated, with on going house insurance, property tax drain and strain can quickly eat up the couple thousand dollars the price tag reads.
I've marketed Houlton Maine homes, other types of real estate in the Southern Aroostook area for thirty three years. It would be an honor, privledge to help you price, market, sell your Houlton Maine, or area home, house. Reach out, together we can get the job done professionally. Whether buying or selling real estate in Houlton Maine, see me, call, text, email our office. Come visit soon.