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Everything seems to slow down during the summer, even the Real Estate Market

It may be quiet now but there is a lot that you can do to start to get ready for the market as it picks up in the Fall as you plan to list your house for sale.

Summer is in full swing, the Olympics have begun, kids are having fun at camp and vacations have been planned and started. Relax and enjoy because like many things it won’t feel like it was long enough. Another thing that seems to slow down right about now is the Real Estate market. Yes, there are closings and people are moving in and out of their homes before school starts but those deals came together a long time ago.  Overall things are quieter in the world of Real Estate. There are still houses being bought and sold but for the most part there isn’t a lot of new inventory or as many active buyers ready to make a decision.

If you are thinking about selling your home, now is the perfect time to start planning. Once school starts and the weather here in Fairfield County is still very pleasant, the focus will get back to buying and selling. So start to think about how you want your house to be presented to the public. Does your house need painting, cleaning, fixing, landscaping, de-cluttering? If so, why not start to address those issues now?

Aside from asking your Realtor for a price opinion, ask her for some feedback about your house. What would she recommend you address to present your house in the best possible light? Remember, once you make the decision to sell your home it is no longer your home, it is a house that needs to be marketed to the public. It is a product that you are trying to sell. You may know that it needs painting but you may not be able to be objective enough to know that your beautiful blue glass collection that is on display in your hallway is not a selling point, but rather a distraction and a space minimizer. Don’t take the feedback personally. Understand that your Realtor is working for you to sell your property and if she asks you to pack up your blue glass collection it is for the purpose of presenting your house in a way that the public can see your house best, not encumbered with your personal belongings. Mr. or Mrs. Buyer needs to be able to picture his mother’s antique clock in his front hall not yours.

Enjoy your Summer but if you are thinking about selling your house in the Fall then take some time now to get ready. There may be more to do then you think and you will feel good about giving yourself the time to do them right.

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Regina van der Heyden August 07, 2012 at 03:07 AM
A wonderful article ... sellers take heed !! &:>
Toni Mickiewicz August 08, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Thank you Regina! I appreciate your comments!
Glen K Dunbar August 08, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Great post. THANKS. I would like to offer a word of advice to all sellers. When you sell your house make sure that you put money aside for Captial Gains. We unfairly had to pay a huge Capital Gains tax....even though we bought a condo. Uncle Sam not allow a person to deduct what they bought. They still (UNFAIRLY) have to pay full fare so to speak. I think it stinks. !!!! I am just lucky I had not already spend all the money. But, now we are all broke and Glen is in a panick I have not told my Family we are broke and when the time comes I will run away for sure. I do not wish Capital gains on anyone which is why I share my woeful tale GLEN

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