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The 10 Biggest Mistakes A Home-Seller Can Make

The 10 Biggest Mistakes A Home-Seller Can Make

Top mistakes to avoid to sell your home without hassle

Property sellers are always motivated by different reasons, whether they have moved jobs, need more space for their growing family or just want a change of scene. Nevertheless, selling your home will be a challenging task in terms of choosing a real estate agent, pricing and negotiation.

The property you are selling could be of high value, in good condition, and in a nice neighborhood. Yet, if sellers make some simple mistakes, the property could end up remaining on the market for a couple of months without selling.

To help ensure your sale runs smoothly, global real estate website Lamudi has put together a list of mistakes a home-seller should avoid in order to get a good price.

Not showing your property in its best light

You do not have to renovate your property and invest a large amount of money. But there are a few steps you can take in order to make your property appear more valuable. The first impression, in terms of the exterior, is the most important. Clean the windows, paint the front door and make sure the grass is not a mess.

Rushing into the market

Do not rush into the market as soon as you have decided to sell your home. Price fluctuations and availability can have a huge impact. Try to gather as much information as possible and to forecast trends for your local area.

Hiring the wrong agent

Choosing an agent is one of the most important steps when selling your property. Do not let ties to family or friends get in the way. Where money is involved, you should always keep the relationship professional. Also don’t just hire the first agent who comes in mind. Try to gather information about the agent’s network and expertise before hiring him or her.

Setting the value to high

The emotional value of a property often differs from the actual value. Potential buyers do not know about the

ups and downs you have experienced with your property. Try to be objective when it comes to the pricing. It is good, though, to fill the property with emotions. Try to describe to the agent why this property was special to you and he may be able to use this information during sale.

Withholding information (such as hidden defects)

The house has been sold. The new owner enters and finds the roof leaking because of termites. If the buyer finds out that you knew about it and did not mention any hidden defects during the sale process, he can withdraw from the purchase agreement.

Not staying in contact with your agent

Relying on your agent and not being involved with the selling process can be a mistake. Insist on regular reports about how your property is doing on the market and what your competitors’ prices are like. You are not the agent’s only customer and therefore want to make sure he or she keeps you top of mind.

Being impatient

It takes some time to sell a house. Do not expect to sell your home after a couple of weeks. Importantly, when the property does not sell quickly, remember there is no need to adjust the price too early. Stay in contact with your agent and discuss the next steps. On average, a house sells after three to six months. Exceptions prove the rule.

Not being willing to negotiate

Have in mind that properties normally never sell at the price you have set. Do not take a lower offer to heart and keep insisting on your initial pricing. At some point you will have to negotiate. Be mindful that buyers often try to find defects with your property in order to have an advantage in the negotiation.

Not investigating the potential buyer

You receive a fair offer and the buyer even seems nice, but do not get ahead of yourself. You can get excited once you have letters of pre-qualification or loan approval from the would-be buyer.

These documents should state that the buyer is capable to purchase and that his credit history has been checked. It is not uncommon for buyers to fool property owners because the seller did not do any digging beforehand.

Making last-minute mistakes

Once you have agreed on the price and the general conditions, you have to draw up a contract. This is the most important step of the whole process. Unfortunately, people are likely to make last-minute mistakes during this crucial step. Take your time and carefully proofread the final contract before you sign. This will stop you from having any trouble or facing any extra expenses once the property is sold.

About Lamudi

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 28 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 800,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.

Innov8tiv is a dynamic Web source for technology news, resources and innovation, with a special focus on the entrepreneurial advances of Africans on the continent as well as in the Diaspora. This site seeks to not only inform consumers and companies about the latest in tech trends and ideologies, but to shed light on a phenomenon often ignored: the inventive, life-changing and creative engine that exists in Africa and among leaders of color around the world, including the UK, the Caribbean, Australia, and Asia. Send story ideas to

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