Sell Your Home Quickly? Here’s How

Is there really a way to sell your home quickly in this market? You’ve been transferred, or worse, you’ve lost your job. You simply can’t afford your increasing mortgage payment anymore – you need to sell your home fast, as in yesterday fast, right? There is a process to sell your house quickly.

According to the National Association of Realtors home prices in the U.S. continue to fall, albeit at a slower decrease than in previous years. So, the first step of our 5 steps to a quick home sale is:

1. Be Realistic with your Price in a Down Market. This means everyone including you. Call a realtor active in your market right now. Tell him/her you need to sell your home quick and ask for a competitive market analysis (CMA) with this in mind – you need to sell your home within 60 days. Let them do their thing and get back to you. Also ask your realtor – what is a typical days on market (DOM) right now? In my market, it’s a stout 189 days (6 months) – so you must price your home accordingly for the house to sell fast!

2. Have a realtor friend or a knowldgable person go through your home with you and point out the Five Most Important Things you must do for this home to be more attractive. Don’t go crazy, but get yourself in gear and do the five things needed. Clean up your landscaping beds, paint that ugly bedroom a neutral color, get rid of that old couch, change out a broken light fixture. Again, be reasonable, but do it!

3. De-Clutter. This goes hand in hand with No. 2, but rent a mini-storage unit in your area, and clean your closets and junk out – right now! Get rid of seasonal clothes you don’t use. Get closets looking roomy, and get the garage straightened out.

4. Make sure your home information is correct. I provide a service teaching people how to measure their home for accurate square footage. Make sure your real estate taxes are current and there are no liens on the home. Find your old survey, or at least get a plat at your tax office. You don’t want slowdowns in critical areas like this.

5. Create a basic flyer for your home. List the square footage accurately, the bedroom and bath count. List everything you have done to the home in the past five years. Don’t wait for a realtor to do this for you – they may be too busy, or you may want to sell it yourself. Make it sell!

Now, don’t get overwhelmed – you can’t do all five things today to make your home sell quickly in this market. But, you can start and get moving toward your goal. Be realistic, but be aggressive – and you will be on your way to a fast home sell.

Putting Your Home up for Sale with Children

Hey all – I am including a very solid article from Joel McDonald, a real estate broker from Colorado, and owner of a large Boulder, Colorado, real estate firm. I found the article to be very insightful for those looking to put their home on the market.  Enjoy!  Kent

“Kids, keep quiet! Go to your room! No, go outside! Somebody’s coming. Pick up those toys! The agent is coming over with a prospect.” Sounds like the opening of a comedy show, or more like a tragedy if the Realtor is coming over with someone to evaluate your home. When you have children in the home it can be hard to keep the house in condition to show. Here are some things to take into consideration, to address this problem and still be in a position to show the home with a good outcome.

Many children tend to stockpile toys of all different types. They like variety. As a parent you might have gotten accustomed to the sight of toys tossed around in a mess, but a person who is not used to small children can not only observe it but have an unfavorable reaction. The first step, then, in getting your home ready to go on the market is to organize your children’s belongings so they can easily be put away and mostly out of sight. This may involve things such as toy chests, bookshelves, or big storage boxes. Find storage that can be used in the room without becoming too obvious. You don’t need to hide everything.

Organizing the outside of your home is what provides the initial impression and so it is very important. Find ways to store or arrange the children’s outdoor toys in a neat and tidy way to present the outside of your house well.

Giving It Up
The periodic practice of freeing oneself from possessions that are in excess of your needs on a regular basis such as donating to Goodwill, or having a garage sale, is just as pertinent to the children’s things as it is to your rest of the old treasures. This is a good skill whether you are moving. Decisions have to be made. Handling how to let things go is a necessary part of living. This process can be a learning opportunity for the children, though it will be important to get their participation and not force their decisions. That would only get in the way of the lesson to be gained.

Even if you cannot get rid of a thing, you can accomplish quite a lot if you do a good job of using smart storage. Besides, keep in mind that anyone looking at a home where a family is raising young children will generally be interested in a family home in the first place and will be alert to aspects of the home that are good for children. Demonstrating that the children’s rooms can store all of the toys and games can be a good means of showing off that feature of your home.

A little discipline will be necessary to maintain things in order after you get it all set. The task of keeping your home reasonably tidy after it is all fixed up can be difficult but not out of the question. Once you have appropriate storage, keeping everything straight will be much more manageable. Try to limit the number of different things your children are playing with while you are in the process of selling your home. One idea is to make the goal of keeping the house clean a game, or adventure for your kids. They may even help motivate you to keep your own things in their places as well.

There is no need to turn your home into a lifeless clean home where no children can play. Many people in the market for a family home are happy to see that a house is lived in, and some toys being in use is a comforting touch. Just be aware that it should be kept on the high side of normal. Perfection in the placement of all the toys is not expected.

If you have children who are spectacularly messy it might be a step-saver to buy a rug for them that can be picked up and put away when potential buyers come by. Keeping the little artists’ paints put away and out of sight while you’re trying to sell your home might be a good plan, at least until you move into your new home.

In summary, it’s not too difficult, is it, to allow the children to continue with their normal and healthy play while offering your home for sale in the attractive condition that a home sale requires. There is some gain to be experienced, in learning cooperation. A little patience and careful attention, along with regular attention to clutter, will make the sale of your home with little children in the picture much easier to manage.

This article was provided by Automated Homefinder, Colorado’s top Boulder real estate professionals.

Home Curb Appeal

I received a sales letter from Improvements Catalogue, and did a double take as to how much I liked their home curb appeal sales pages.  A home for sale needs a spruce up on curb appeal, especially this time of year when things are beginning to turn green and home buyers are coming out of hibernation in full scale house-hunting mode.

Consider these “quick fixes” for your all-important front porch curb appeal:

How about some elevated plant stands to set off the front entry way?

Plant Stand

Plant Stand


If you have steps leading up to the home, rubber door mats add a touch of elegance and safety for you potential home-buyers.

Rubber door mats

Rubber door mats








A solar address panel would look great – imagine a possible buyer arriving at dusk just as it lights up.

Solar address sign

Solar address sign









These relatively low cost ideas will do wonders for getting a home buyer’s mind in the right “buying” frame of mind as they enter your home.