Chuck’s Blog July 2015
Sales of single family homes were up 11% month over month bringing the year to date sales numbers to 635 a 6% increase. Listings of single family homes were down again for the second month in a row bringing the year to date total to -2% year over year. Still not enough of a swing in listings to start calling it a seller's market but an interesting statistic none the less. Also interesting is a slight dip in "New Home Sales" over the last 3 months. The Lethbridge and District Association of Realtors reported just 27 sales for April to June of 2015 compared to 42 over the same period last year. This may be partly due to an 11% decrease in the number of new construction single family homes being listed on MLS so far this year. All in all though, homes sales are up 6% over last year and that's always a good thing!
The “3 Up” Strategy for Selling Your Home Quickly
There are many reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly: a sudden job relocation; a change in family situation; or perhaps an opportunity to purchase a new home that you just can’t pass up.
Whatever the reason, this strategy will help when you need to sell fast. It’s called the “3 Up” strategy.
- Fix it up, Clean it up, Spruce it up!
First, you need to fix it up. That simply means getting things repaired around your property, such as a broken floor tile in the kitchen or a sticking patio door that’s difficult to open and close. Maintenance issues like these distract buyers from the appealing qualities of your home. Fortunately, repairs can usually be done quickly.
Second, clean it up. Obviously, when your home is clean and tidy it’s going to look its best. You also want to eliminate as much clutter as possible. You don’t need to make every room look like a magazine cover — but that’s a good attitude to have when prepping your home for a quick sale!
Finally, spruce it up. That means making any quick improvements that are going to make your home even more appealing. It might mean replacing the kitchen counters or giving the main rooms a fresh coat of paint.
Of course, the number one strategy for getting that SOLD sign on your front yard is to select a great REALTOR®. Call Chuck Gulyas today!
"If you undervalue yourself, no one is going to come along and raise your price."
- David Williams