The 9 Emotions of Selling a Home: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Selling a home can be an extremely emotional process, and because it isn’t something most people do very often in their lifetime, it’s sometimes confusing to know what feelings are normal.

Well, if you’ve found yourself riding an emotional rollercoaster during your selling experience, you’re not alone. There are nine emotional stages most sellers go tend to go through over the course of their transaction.

1. Excitement. Once sellers have finally signed the listing documents, they tend to feel energized by the prospect of the sale.

2. Anxiety.
After the home is live on the market, a number of “what-if” scenarios can start popping into a seller’s mind. They wonder whether anyone will like their home, whether they’re going to get a fair deal, and whether they’re making the right choice in the first place.

3. Delight. Shortly into the listing process, nervous energy starts to wear off and sellers bounce back to the positive end of the emotional spectrum. Everything appears to be going well, and all signs point to a successful closing being well in sight.

4. Disappointment. Whether it comes from an unpleasant surprise on the inspection report, a difficult negotiation period, or something else entirely, most sellers will have the wind knocked from their sails at some point during the deal.

5. Elation. As the end of the transaction draws near and problems are resolved, the joy of seeing everything come together begins to set in.

If you’ve found yourself riding an emotional rollercoaster during your selling experience, you’re not alone.

6. Worry. Until the sellers have reached the closing table, there’s always the chance for more problems to arise. Last-minute details, like the appraisal, can easily take a seller from thrilled to troubled once more.

7. Relief. At last, when they’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s, sellers can finally relax knowing that all their hard work has paid off.

8. Sadness. Even after everything is settled, the reality of knowing their home now belongs to someone else can be somewhat hard to swallow.

9. Joy. After the melancholy dissipates, sellers will find that everything they went through up until this point was worth it.

When you go through the process of selling a home, these ups and downs are normal. As a real estate professional who handles these transactions every day, I still go through this rollercoaster when I sell my own homes. I completely understand what this process and the feelings it brings are like, and would be more than happy to guide you through both.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

6 Important Points to Remember When Staging Your Home

There are six important points to remember when staging your home for sale.

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When staging your home for sale, there are six important points to remember to ensure that your home sells quickly and for top dollar:

1. Provide a great first impression. It’s very important that you clean the exterior of your house and its entryway, because these are the first two areas buyers see when they walk up to it. For the exterior, simple tasks like cleaning up the yard and planting some flowers can go a long way. In the entryway, you need to declutter. Remember—buyers might have to walk through that entryway while other people are walking through it as well, so if that space is cluttered, they might have a tough time getting a feel for your home.

2. Always be show-ready.
You never know when a homebuyer will drive by your home and decide they want to see the inside, so your house always needs to be show-ready. I know this can be inconvenient, but it is only for a small amount of time.

3. Kitchens and bathrooms will sell your home. You don’t have to totally renovate either of these spaces. Small things like changing the knobs on your cabinet doors or adding some knickknacks on the counters can make a big difference. 

You never know when a homebuyer will drive by your home and decide they want to see the inside.

4. Take down the personal photos. This is a tough topic for some people to understand, and I always get asked why it’s a necessary part of the home staging process. First of all, you are already moving, so this will have to happen anyway. Secondly, when a buyer walks into your home, they’re trying to envision themselves living there. When they see you and your family’s pictures everywhere, it is tougher for them to imagine raising their own family there.

5. Put away the pets and litter boxes. If everybody liked pets, I wouldn’t be mentioning this point, but that is not the case. You’re trying to market your home to the masses so you can sell as quickly as possible and maximize your sale price, so hide any pet boxes, dog toys, or any other pet items that might turn a buyer off.

6. Hire an informed agent who understands the market and can price your property well.
You’re doing a lot of work to sell for the price you deserve and sell in a timely manner, so hire someone who understands the marketplace and how to achieve your goals.

If you have any more questions about home staging or are getting ready to sell, give me a call. I would be happy to do a walk-through of your home and help you stage it myself.

If you have any other real estate needs, feel free to reach out to me regardless. I look forward to speaking with you.

Don’t Be Fooled By These Real Estate Scams

Real estate transactions are the targets of scammers all the time. Here are a couple big ones that you need to watch out for.

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I spoke with a friend recently who told me about a real estate scam involving one of his clients.

They sold their house and were ready to move. The moving truck arrived, they loaded their belongings into it, and they drove off to the new home they had purchased.

The truck never showed up at the next house.

The client had been scammed by a fly-by-night moving company, and they never recovered their possessions. This is why today I would like to talk to you about real estate scams you need to avoid so that you don’t end up like my friend’s clients.

1. Moving companies. I had not heard of this before, but new scams pop up all the time. When we move, we use trusted movers that we have used over and over again and who provided consistently excellent service to our clients. When it comes to that point in the transaction, ask us about movers you are considering, and we can advise you about the reputability of that company.

2. Wiring instructions. After we close on your new home, you will receive a check either in the paper mail or you can have it wired to your bank account. A recent scam will email the buyers of pending listings and give out false email instructions for wiring money. In reality, that is not how we would do things. If you see emails like this, give us a call; let us be there for you as you walk through the process.

New scams pop up all the time.

If you are going through the process of buying a home or moving, use our experience to your advantage. We want to sell your home for the most money in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of stress, which is where avoiding scams comes in. If you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling a home, please feel free to reach out to us.