Selling your home is one of the most important financial decisions. This decision should be made with complete peace of mind. Therefore, when you choose to sell your home with YVR RESALE GROUP, you get something that is unique in the market.
Our Seller’s Guarantee includes:
- Marketing Guarantee - Marketing Your Property to the widest range of qualified buyers is our mandate. Our unique marketing package will put your home in the most desirable light for buyers.
- Communication Guarantee - We will keep you up to date at all stages of the process. We promise to follow-up with all buyers at open houses and private showings within 24 hours and provide you with all feedback.
- Professional Services Guarantee - To assure your best interests, YVR Resale Group stands by our unique 50 Point Selling Services Guarantee. If we do not keep to all points of the guarantee, we sell your home for free.
10 Steps to Selling Your Home
- Thinking of Selling
- Preparing Your Home
- Choosing a Realtor
- Determining the Value
- Preparing Your Finances
- Deciding When to List
- Marketing and Showings
- Offers and Negotiation
- Due Diligence
- Closing the Sale
5 Senses-ible Selling Tips
Your five senses can take you back in time to a wonderful memory. Sights, sounds, and scents can remind you of long walks on the beach with your sweetheart, holidays with your family, or the best weekend you ever spent camping as a kid. Buyers have memories they love, too! When they buy a home, they are looking forward to creating new memories.
When you’re ready to show your home to a prospective buyer, try these few ideas to help stimulate your buyer’s senses:
- Sights - Welcome your buyer with a freshly swept sidewalk, flowers in the garden and freshly trimmed bushes and trees. Keep your entry spotless and inviting; either by a new welcome mat, new fixtures on the door or shiny new hardware on the porch lights. Once your buyer is inside, let them see the bones of the home by keeping clutter, furniture and accessories to a minimum.
- Sounds - Turn the television off and put on soft, relaxing, or romantic music. Oil creaky doors so they don't ruin the mood. In doing so, you are saying to your buyer "Slow down. Take your time. Look."
- Smells - Cooking aromas are intoxicating. Fresh-baked cookies may be trite, but they work. You can also put a slow cooker on the day your home is being shown, such as a stew with onions. Fresh flowers can be lovely especially if you add in eucalyptus stems or thin pine branches. Ensure that the cat box and dog bed are clean. Nothing smells better than clean, so put away the air freshener and scented candles. Make sure any added fragrances are pleasant and organic.
- Touch - Make certain your house is so clean, that it invites buyers to touch. Put a sumptuous throw on the sofa. Pristine counter tops, sinks and other surfaces invite people to put their hands down. What we touch, we tend to want - if the touch is pleasant.
- Taste - Whether it’s hot or cold outside, refreshments will make your buyer feel welcome. Put out a tray, small ice bucket, and with a little pitcher of ice water, juice or whatever is appropriate for the season and the weather. A plate of cookies or covered crackers with a block of cheese and cheese slicer will help buyers keep up their energy. Best of all, it will help them linger in the kitchen – the most important room in the house to most buyers.
These suggestions will help put your buyer at ease and make them feel at home. More importantly, these steps will put your buyer in the mood to buy!
Communication Turns the Key!
If the goal of communication is to understand and to be understood, then sharing information can only help your real estate professional do the best job possible for you. Your real estate professional should listen to your dreams, goals, and hurdles that must be overcome.
By the same token, you should be ready to hear and act upon the expertise and information they bring to you. With this knowledge, your real estate professional has a better grasp of who you are and what you want to achieve. Without it, they may be working at cross purposes to your needs.
The key word is sharing. Share information about yourself and ask your real estate agent to share information as well. Consider how they received their training, their specialties, and how knowledgeable they are about the marketplace where you are buying or selling your home.
- Goals - Consider your long term goals. What is your objective in buying or selling your home, is it an investment or a long-term occupancy? Where are you planning to move? How soon?
- Interests - Take into account personal interests and its locations. Do you want to be near work, near a a specific school, or near certain amenities? What are the interests of the other members of your household? Which are the priorities when it comes time to select a home?
- Challenges - Given the current lending environment, even those with good credit face challenges when buying or selling a home. Do you have a home to sell before you purchase? Have you checked your credit scores? Do you have a down payment? Have you been prequalified by a lender?
- Lifestyle and Preferences - The type of home you purchase can make a difference to your personal comfort. Is there a type of architecture you prefer? How many bedrooms and baths do you think you’ll need? Do you prefer one or two story homes? Or three? Do you prefer a walkable community? There are pros and cons to every choice you make.
Exploring both sides of any question or consideration can help you to truly understand that you’re buying more than a condo or a single-family home - you’re buying an environment for the next few years at least. Good communication can help you meet your goals and avoid disappointment. If you can't find the level of trust and communication between you and your real estate professional, perhaps it's time to move on! Your real estate professional wants you to be as happy and satisfied with your choices as possible. Ask your real estate professional as many questions as you want. Ample communication will increase your likelihood of making the best choice possible for your household.
Dont Wait to List!
There are a few reasons you might consider holding off on listing your home for sale. In a seller's market, you can afford to wait. In a buyer's market it's better to list now and gain access to buyers who are ready, willing, and able to buy now!
- Waiting to fix things up? Often times sellers think they need to finish projects in their home before putting it on the market. While it is a good idea to get your house up to par, completing projects will have very little effect on securing an actual buyer. It's better to list now, get some brokers inside to see your place and offer feedback on what should and should not get fixed. This can be a money and time-saving decision. Think about it, why finish that kitchen remodel if your new buyer is going to pay for upgrades of his/her own anyway. Doesn't that give you peace of mind knowing that you don't have to put a ton of work into a home that you'll be leaving and someone else is going to remodel anyway?
- Concerned about upcoming holidays? That's okay! A lot of sellers see the end of the calendar year as a time when they'd like to just hunker down and get through the holiday before listing their home. Here's why this isn't such a great idea ... January 1st home inventory usually increases quite substantially making the market more competitive and that puts you at a disadvantage. Better to start reaching ready, willing, and able to buy buyers sooner rather than later. When working with a real estate professional like myself, I like to find out exactly which dates you wish to keep to yourself and I can guarantee those days will remain uninterrupted. So you can enjoy the holidays and sell your home at the same time! The holidays present a unique opportunity for home sellers. Home inventory is usually low so you have the negotiating advantage over buyers. It's better to get a jump start on the competition and complete paperwork now so I can begin to premarket your home and line up some buyers. When you're ready, we'll then be ahead of other sellers that are just getting started.