Selling a Home in Ulster County

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Our comprehensive Seller Advantage Service approach exposes your home to the widest variety of qualified buyers and yields you the best price. As you can see, this website is a popular destination for those that are searching through listings and looking to buy a home. This is just one powerful way we bring exposure to your house and potential buyers. We make the selling process less stressful by giving you expert advice and counsel in marketing and negotiating.

How Can I Determine What I Should Sell My Home For?

The past and present are good indicators of what your home might sell for on the open market. A good market analysis will examine what comparable homes or ‘comps’ have sold for in the last six months. Extra attention should be given to sold homes that are in close proximity, are of a similar style, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, condition, age and acreage. At least three ‘comps’ should be used to arrive at an estimated market value.

Furthermore, it is important to examine what similar homes are being listed for currently. It pays to know what competing homes are being offered for so that you can demonstrate that your house is a better bargain. You can gauge the relative supply of homes by the noting the number of similar properties being offered. Likewise, you can also measure the demand for similar homes by seeing how many days comparable homes have been on the market and how many already have accepted offers on them. In the end, the laws of supply and demand determine what someone will reasonably pay for any given home.

Here are just some factors that often determine what price you actually list the home for:

  • Your motivation in selling the home
  • Your necessary timeframe to vacate the home
  • An over or under supply of similar homes in the area
  • Your desire to have a cushion to leave room for negotiation Local economic booms and downturns
  • Life events that increase financial strain like unemployment, divorce and death
  • The condition of your property
  • The demand for housing in your particular neighborhood
  • Having additional acreage that is sub-dividable
  • The size of the general and school tax bill
  • What you originally bought your home for and what you own on any liens
  • Accessibility to quick commuter routes
  • Proximity to parks, recreation and shopping
  • The presence of environment hazards
  • The susceptibility of your property to flood
  • The ease with which a buyer could obtain a mortgage for the property

5 Things To Do Before You Sell

  1. Get estimates from a reliable repair person on items that need to be replaced soon, a roof or worn carpeting, for example. In this way, buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs.
  2. Have a termite inspection to prove to buyers that the property is not infested.
  3. Get a pre-sale home inspection so you’ll be able to make repairs before buyers become concerned and cancel a contract.
  4. Gather together warranties and guarantees on the furnace, appliances, and other items that will remain with the house.
  5. Fill out a disclosure form provided by your sales associate. Take the time to be sure that you don’t forget problems, however minor, that might create liability for you after the sale.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

10 Ways To Make Your Sell Your Home Quicker

  1. Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small decorative items. Store out-of-season clothing to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage.
  2. Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.
  3. Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates. Mop and wax floors. Clean the stove and refrigerator. A clean house makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has been well cared for.
  4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows.
  5. Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.
  6. Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems, such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet, may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained.
  7. Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.
  8. Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.
  9. Clean your gutters
  10. Polish your front doorknob and door numbers.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

5 Ways To Speed Up Your Sale

  1. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range.
  2. Get your house market ready for at least two weeks before you begin showing it.
  3. Be flexible about showings. It’s often disruptive to have a house ready to show on the spur of the moment, but the more often someone can see your home, the sooner you’ll find a seller.
  4. Be ready for the offers. Decide in advance what price and terms you’ll find acceptable.
  5. Don’t refuse to drop the price. If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, be prepared to lower your asking price.

Source: National Association of REALTORS®

14 Affordable Ways To Make A Home Sparkle

Outside

  • Spread fresh mulch on flowerbeds
  • Paint the front door
  • Buy a new ‘Welcome’ mat

Mudroom

  • Get rid of litter box and pet food bowls
  • Put cleaning supplies out of sight
  • Hang coats in closets, not hooks

Bathroom

  • Hide personal items
  • Put toothbrushes in medicine cabinet
  • Buy a new shower curtain

Closets

  • Thin out clothes and shoes
  • Hang what’s left on matching hangers
  • Replace the light bulbs with 100 watts

Kitchen

  • Get rid of all but the basics in the cupboards
  • Clean off everything on the counters