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Seller Beware! Avoid 11 Mistakes That Could Cost You Hundreds...Thousands of Dollars - Part 2

Don't Put Your Home on the Market Until You've Read This Report - Part Two

Selling your home can be an exhausting experience. Last minute walk throughs, inconvenient calls, price adjust­ment and the possibility of being stuck with two mortgages are real concerns. If you are not completely prepared you could end up losing hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in profit.

The difference between a profitable, seamless transaction and a break even, miserable experience is often a fine line. In the majority of cases it comes down to the subtle know-how of your professional. By utilizing the knowl­edge of a qualified real estate professional, you'll insure the quick, profitable sale of your home. This report is designed to arm you with the knowledge to avoid 11common mistakes that cost sellers serious money.

This Article is  Part 2 -  read the first 5 mistakes of Seller Beware! Avoid 11 Mistakes That Could

Cost You Hundreds....Thousands of Dollars  Part 1 here  

house wrapped in a bow -prepared to sell

•6.   Market Timing/Seasonal Selling. Just as a broker who continually follows the trends of a stock, your professional agent continually follows trends of your  home market. They will know if the market cycle is poised to net you the mostmoney. Avoid believing that property sales are seasonal ... property is always selling!

•7.   Refusing to Make Cosmetic Changes the prospective home buyer's firstimpression is the most important. An unbelievable amount of home sales have been lost to unkempt lawns, cluttered rooms, bad stains, unpleasant odors ...all the seemingly little things. Imag­ine you were the home buyer and clean your place from top to bottom -military style.

•8.   Wasting Time With An Unqualified Prospect Your agent's responsibility is to  screen a prospect's qualifications before valuable time is lost. Be sure to align yourself with the right professional and eliminate negotiating with unqualified prospects.

•9.   Don't Test The Market Never put your property on line to sell unless you are serious. The right professional will find you buyers and if you are harboring indecision ... you will blow the sale.

10.   Believing you are Powerless to Make a Difference Be a part of the team! Take an active role with your agent to see what you can do to facilitate your sale.  Network­ing with professional peers and personal friends often results in the sale of a home. It's surprising how many homes are sold this way.

•11.   Believing All Realtors are the Same With all the intricate details and critical decisions to be made concerning your home sale, should you rely on any­one but a top producing professional? Many friends and family members have been estranged  as a result of fail­ing to meet expectations. Your home sale is a time consuming, effort related, difficult task. Maximize your profit by utilizing a professional.


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Comment balloon 2 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • October 26 2009 12:38PM


Thank you for this article; it is so true.

Posted by Cynthia Smitherman, DESIGNATED BROKER, ABR, GRI, REALTOR REALTIST (Emage` Fine Properties, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Emage; Thanks for the comment. We need to educate sellers in this market.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 11 years ago

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