Your neighbors make you look good
When potential buyers view your house, they aren’t just looking at your house. Your neighbors’ homes make a huge impact too. While you can’t groom the whole neighborhood, you can offer to clean up the yards around your home. Another good idea is to schedule home viewings when your neighbors are at work if they have a lot of cars or noisy children.
You have to know today’s market
“Your agent won’t tell you if your house is overpriced,” says real estate investor, Jonathan Tran. “Agents will make suggestions on pricing, but if you insist your house is worth more, don’t expect your agent to try to convince you otherwise because they want to provide great customer service.” Your overpriced listing becomes a problem when your house sits too long on the market and you have to drop your price. “Buyers don’t think they’re getting a deal, they’re thinking something is wrong with the house,” says Tran.
Some agents have access to off-market opportunities
“There are a lot of off-market opportunities to buy and sell if your agent is well-connected and not afraid to work,” says Wethman. “Networking groups and direct mail can open up opportunities for a buyer in a low-inventory market.”