If you’ve spent any time in Anchorage, Alaska, you know that it is a thriving city that boasts great attractions, amenities, employment opportunities, and reasonably good weather. Often, though, Anchorage homeowners find themselves ready to sell, whether it’s for a new job opportunity in Seattle or to be closer to family in the midwest. Selling your house can be a daunting task, so we’ve put together a few tips to help the process go smoothly and find you a buyer quickly!
The Price is Right
A recent poll found that 75 percent of sellers think that their agent’s listing price is too low. Homeowners generally think that listing their house at a higher price will result in more money, but typically it just results in frustration and impatience. Remember that your realtor is an expert; he or she has experience pricing homes to sell quickly while still earning you a fair return.
Weave a Pretty Web
With an Internet-savvy generation of house hunters, almost 90 percent of buyers start their search on the web, so the more curb appeal you can show in pictures online, the better. Even in the wintertime, you can do some simple landscaping, like cutting down low-hanging branches. Be sure to plow the driveway regularly to show potential buyers that the property is well-visited, and think about painting the front door for a pop of color against the white snow.
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Views
Speaking of curb appeal, it’s no use going to all that work if you post low quality pictures online! While high quality photos taken by a professional can be pricier, they will help immensely in making a good first impression. Make the photographer’s job easier by wiping down surfaces and clearing your space of clutter.
Early Bird Gets the Home
In a sleepier wintertime real estate market, new listings are gold. Many eager buyers become tired of looking at the same old listings, so when a fresh face joins the crowd, they are geared up to make an offer. Early offers are worth considering, even if they’re a little below asking price, though it’s important to always seek your realtor’s opinion on any offer before moving forward. He or she will be able to offer you his or her expert opinion on the price and terms of the offer, leaving you to say yes or no.
Even with these tips, it is difficult to sell your Anchorage home with a realtor who doesn’t have much experience in the Anchorage area. Dan Wolf at Wolf Real Estate Professionals is a lifelong Alaskan with almost 30 years of experience in the Anchorage, Mat-Su, and Girdwood real estate markets!
For selling, buying, or any other real estate needs, contact Wolf Real Estate Professionals at (907) 248-9653, or visit us online at www.anchoragehomesearch.com.