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SOURCE Doug Elliman Real Estate
NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Selling your NYC home can go either way: it can be a stressful experience with many showings and no offers or it can sell within hours of being listed. How it plays out can depend on how much work you do prior to listing. Here are three things you can do to simplify and fast track the process.
- Get the right broker. Picking the right broker is the single best gift you can give yourself once you've decided to put your home on the market. You may want to help your cousin's co-worker's fiance's daughter out with her fledgling real estate career but when it comes to what will probably be the biggest financial transaction of your life, stick with the experts. Especially in NYC where the nuances in different neighborhoods and even buildings are so vast that comparables sometimes won't make sense to an untrained eye.
Two of the best ways to pick a broker are word of mouth and longevity. Ask around. If people have had a good (or bad!) experience with a broker they'll want to tell you about it. Then visit their websites and check out their sales history. Good brokers will survive the ups and downs of the market.
- Get your ducks in a row. Once you've chosen a broker, he or she will make recommendations on how to get the highest sales price for your home. Listen to the suggestions! Your broker not only wants to see you net the highest figure possible but, working on commission, they'll win as well. Rarely is a home "market ready." They will know what sells and the least expensive, most effective way to get you there. "I've had sellers who only needed minor adjustments and I've had sellers where I've had to stage every room in the apartment," says Jessica Cohen, of Doug Elliman Real Estate and a National Top Producer since 2007. "It's worth the effort and expense. There are some properties that just need that extra attention to get them to the listing price where they deserve to be. We don't want the home to sit so we give it that extra boost to make it more appealing to the market."
- Last but not least, be realistic. If you and your experienced broker set certain goals and decided on a suitable price range of offers that you'll accept, accept them when you get them! Sometimes when you get your asking price right out of the gates, it might make you think that you listed too low. Au contraire. If you chose a trusted and experienced broker, it most likely means that you listed the home correctly.
For more information, contact:
Dian Griesel, Dian Griesel Int'l., 212.825.3210
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