Greater Atlanta Seller Resources

7 Common Seller Mistakes in Greater Atlanta

Mistake #1 -- Pricing Your Atlanta Area Home Too High
Every home seller obviously wants to earn the most money for his or her house. Ironically, the best way to do this is NOT to list at an excessively high price!

A high listing price will cause some prospective home buyers to lose interest before even seeing your home. Also, it may lead other buyers to expect more than what your home has to offer. As a result, overpriced properties tend to take an unusually long time to sell, and ultimately, the home ends up being sold for a lower price.

Mistake #2 -- Mistaking Re-finance Appraisals for the Market Value
Unfortunately, a re-finance appraisal may have been stated at an untruthfully high price. Often, lenders estimate the value of your home to be higher than it actually is in order to encourage re-financing. The market value of your home could actually be lower.
Your best bet is to contact The Safford Group for the most recent real estate trending information regarding property sales in your community. This will give you a better estimate of your home’s value.

Mistake #3 -- Forgetting to "Showcase Your Home"
When attempting to sell your home to prospective home buyers, do not forget to make your home look as livable to other homeowners as possible.

If you can only do three things, make sure you do not miss these steps:

  1. Fix items that are visibly broken - A poorly kept home in need of repairs will surely lower the selling price of your property and will surely turn away buyers.
  2. Clean, clean again, and then clean some more.
  3. Remove all visible photographs of the family- Its important that home buyers are able to image themselves living in your home.

Mistake #4 -- Trying to "Hard Sell" While Showing Your Home
Buying a house is always an emotional and difficult decision. As a result, you should try to allow prospective buyers to comfortably examine your property. It is best if you simply leave your home while it is in the process of being shown to potential buyers

Mistake #5 -- Showing Your Home to Home Buyers Who Have Yet to be Pre-Qualified
The Safford Group understands that showing your home is an inconvenience for you. That’s why when a home buyers agent requests a showing, they will ask if the home buyer has been pre-qualified for a home loan. That way, you are not preparing your home for showings to buyers who are not qualified to obtain a home loan for the listing price.

Mistake #6 -- Not Knowing The Details of Real Estate Contracts
It is extremely important that you are confident of the details in your real estate contract. Real estate contracts are legally binding documents, and they can often be complex and confusing.

Not being aware of the terms in your contract could cost you thousands. The Safford Group has closed over 800 real estate transactions and have a superior commitment to their clients. If you have any questions about the sale of your greater Atlanta area home, be sure to ask.

Mistake #7 – Not Telling People you Know About the Sale of Your Home
The Safford Group has many proven methods to selling your home. However, it is important that you share the pending sale of your home with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Sometimes, a word-of-mouth recommendation is very helpful to the sale of your home.

Questions? Just Ask!