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4 Myths About Selling Your Home, Debunked!

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In my work as a Realtor, the same few falsehoods keep cropping up. I want to dispel some common myths I’ve heard, and hopefully set you up for success when you decide to enter the market as a seller.

MYTH #1

People will NOT use my bathroom.
Believe it or not, this is false. Often, buyers are going to multiple back-to-back showings in one day, and after a few hours of viewing homes, people have to do their business! Now, most people who are coming through your home will be respectful, but from time to time it will happen. So, make sure it’s clean!

MYTH #2

My home’s worth is equal to the city assessment.
It’s simple: a home is worth what someone is willing to pay on an open market. City assessments can be used as a guideline when going to price your home, but don’t go into the process set on that number. As a Realtor, I’ve sold homes as much as hundreds of thousands above the city assessment, and I’ve sold homes hundreds of thousands below the city assessment.

MYTH #3

Staging will not help sell my home.
We see as much as 8-10 more for a house that is presented properly vs one that is vacant or not presented properly. A stager can do a range of things to get your home ready for the market. It’s true that they can completely change out your furniture and décor, working from scratch to create the perfect environment for your target market, but they can also work on a smaller scale, bringing in accessories and artwork to fill out the space or swapping out some items to declutter and depersonalize the home. The same pieces that made your home undeniably yours may limit a potential buyer from being able to picture themselves in the house, which could lose you a valuable offer. We always recommend all of our sellers at least consult with a stager before going to market.

MYTH #4

Everything is selling above asking price.
Now, many homes right now are certainly selling above asking, 58% to be exact. However, it’s not a guarantee by any means. We are seeing most of the activity in the first-time homebuyer’s category, in the 250k–400k price range. This is why it’s still important to rely on strong marketing and the market expertise an experienced Realtor can provide.

If you want any more information about these myths or want to chat about selling your home, reach out to me at 204.891.3083.


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