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Thinking of Selling Your Home?  

When you're looking for a partner to help you negotiate the complexities of selling a home, you've come to the right place. The experience, dedication and strong communication you'll receive here will help ensure the successful sale of your home:

1. The Local Advantage - Take advantage of a broad spectrum of technologies and tools to support the sale of your home from start to close.

2. Internet Advertising - Since the lion's share of home buyers starts their search on the internet, top placement on search engines is essential. You'll gain access to placement on more than 725 websites with the Coldwell Banker brand behind you! Your home will certainly appear on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Google, and MSNBC, etc., but also hundreds of those you don't even think about! This will maximize your exposure and bring a large number of potential buyers to view information about your home. 

3. Email Campaigns - It's important to "work the network." We can work together to identify the right people to target your home-and get in touch with them by email to drive excitement and interest.

4. Personal Touch - Of course, technology alone won't sell your home. Face-to-face interaction provides the advantage to sell your home-and you won't have to worry about a thing. The details will be handled with care and constant communication, to ensure the marketing and sale of your home go smoothly.

Bottom line - if and when you're ready to make a move, call me at 843-810-8824 so I can provide you with answers to your questions and advice from a professional. Visit CharlestonHomesByKris.com.

To find out more about selling your home, contact me today! I've provided some tidbits from our Selling Guide below for your convenience.  

Coldwell Banker Selling Guide

Coldwell Banker Realty offers you an extraordinary combination of local knowledge and experience, plus national and international resources, all working together to help maximize exposure of your property and your proceeds from the sales. 

Getting the highest possible price is the goal we set for ourselves with every listing we take.

Coldwell Banker Realty prides itself on having the highest comparable sales in a large number of neighborhoods.  This is usually the result of terrific teamwork between the agent and the seller.  We have to expose your property to the largest possible market (getting the buyer into the home), and you have to show the property at its best (making him want to buy it).  Remember, in our area many sales are new homes.  This means that you are competing against model homes which have been professionally decorated, so the more you can make yours look this way the faster it will sell.

First impressions are critical.  We can spend thousands of dollars in advertising, but if the buyer's initial reaction to the home is negative we're back to square one.  Our associates will personally go through your home with you to determine the most effective ways of presenting it, but in the meantime these are some tips that can yield big results.

To start, pretend you are the buyer.  Go outside and sit in your car.  Then get out and come up the front walk slowly.  Really look at your home.  Have a paper and pen handy.  Make a list of all the things you would want fixed if you were buying the home right now.  Chances are these are the same items your buyer will want you to fix.

Curb Appeal

This is the buyer’s first glimpse of your home and it had better be a good one!  Keep lawn and bushes mowed and well-manicured.  Plant flowers in the front yard to add color and warmth.  Touch up any peeling paint and wash down front doors or varnish if necessary.  Check stucco around home for repairs needed, replace missing roof shingles or tiles.  Wash all windows and keep walkways and driveways swept at all times.  All garden tools, hoses, toys and clutter should be cleared away and yard furniture neatly arranged.  Check to make sure the doorbell and outside lights are working properly.  Park vehicles either inside the garage or across the street so they are not obstructing the front of the house.

Create Space

This applies to both closets and furniture placement.  Furniture should never impede traffic flow from one area to the next.  Rearranging and removing excess furniture can create a whole new mood.  Closets should be cleaned out so that clothes hang freely.  Piles of anything are bad, so box it up and store it while your home is being shown.

Floors

Carpets should be freshly cleaned and tile or wood floors polished before showing.  If carpets are badly worn in traffic areas or are heavily stained or if there is a strong pet or smoke odor it may be advisable to consider replacing them prior to showing.  Sometimes a "carpet allowance" in the listing will compensate in this area, but most buyers see only what is there rather than what can be done. 

Painting

One of the least expensive and most effective forms of upgrading your home is a fresh coat of paint.  Sometimes just a touch-up will do.  I will be glad to go through your home room by room with helpful suggestions.

Lighting

Nothing makes more of a good impression than a light cheery home.  Always make sure all the lights are turned on and the blinds and curtains are open.  Model homes use high wattage light bulbs - if you have any "dark" rooms, try using a high wattage bulbs.  Avoid leaving bedroom or bathroom doors closed.  This tends to make the house feel boxy and unwelcoming.  

Pets

As much as we love animals we suggest you try to keep them out of the way of prospective buyers.  Some people are quite allergic to different types of animals and others are genuinely frightened of even the most friendly small dog.

Be Invisible

When the buyer comes to your door be friendly and welcoming and then disappear!  No matter how well you know your home a good real estate agent can usually show it effectively.  But your presence may keep a buyer from feeling comfortable enough to really check it out as much as they would if you weren't there.  And statistics show that the longer a buyer stays in a home the more likely he is to buy it!  So a showing is a great time to take the dog for a walk or run that small errand to the grocery store.  If for some reason you must remain home try and go out in the backyard so that the buyer can have some privacy indoors.

Comparative Market Analysis

A CMA is a record of what the buying public has been willing to pay in the past few months for a similar home in your neighborhood.  A CMA differs from a formal appraisal.  An appraisal is a report which is based only on past sales in the last six months.  It is usually prepared on behalf of a mortgage lender who is loaning money on the property to a buyer.  A CMA is a more comprehensive report which includes additional data on homes which are currently on the market, those that are pending sale (under contract), and those which failed to sell within the last six months.  Unless you have a truly unique property or there is a difference of opinion on value among co-owners, a market analysis is usually enough to set a proper listing price.