When is the Best Time to Sell Your Home?
If you're not buying and selling strategically or for investment, the best time to sell is really when you feel your existing home will not meet your future needs. The best reason to purchase a new home is to take advantage of your family and lifestyle changes. Do you wish to be closer to a school? Are you switching jobs? Do you have an aging parent to care for?
In Canada, weather and holidays do play a factor. Almost no one goes house hunting around Christmas, and few give up their summer vacations. Of course, those with school-aged children are less likely to move during the school year and summer is an ideal time. In some areas, there is a definite "spring cycle" -- perhaps it's a bit of spring fever and a wish to break out of the bonds of winter.
Some gamblers look for winter bargains and then try to sell their homes during the spring cycle. But overall, that could be more tension and aggravation than you wish. And the monetary results may be disappointing.
Another key factor to consider is the economy. Are interest rates higher or lower in comparison to your current mortgage? If they are higher, you may want to stick with your current home, as your new mortgage payments could be uncomfortable. If rates are lower, you might be able to trade up to a more expensive home without a significant increase in your monthly mortgage obligation.
What's more, if it's a buyers' market, you may be in a strong position to purchase a new home, especially if you have accumulated some equity in your current property.
Are There Costs Involved in Selling?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Even if you think your home is perfect, you may have to do some minor repairs or upgrades to make your home more attractive to potential purchasers.
Determine Your Asking Price
Before you put your home up for sale, you must set the price. And before you can do that, you must know what the house is worth.
RE/MAX agents have access to all of this information. Plus, they can objectively see the big picture and tell you what makes your home unique.
Once you've determined you home's worth, you and your agent will determine the asking price. Most often, the price of a home is set slightly higher than its worth, to give a little "bargaining space." Of course, if it is set too high, it may deter prospective buyers.
If you're in a rush to sell your home, setting the asking price a little lower than what your home is worth will attract a lot of attention. But beware, if the price sounds too good to be true, buyers may be skeptical. They may even offer less than the asking price anticipating problems with the home down the road.
You will have a legal relationship with your agent. When you complete the listing agreement, you are giving your RE/MAX agent the authority to put your house on the market for a specified period. If your house is sold during that time, you will pay the agreed to commission. What's more, if the house sells shortly after the specified period because of your agent's efforts, you are still obligated to pay the commission.
Evaluating the Offer
Before the first offer even comes in, you should have in mind, how low you'll go on price, what conditions you'll accept and what terms would be agreeable. Then, when an offer comes in, you have a set of criteria by which to evaluate it.
Scrutinize all of the details, chattels, closing date, conditions, address and description of your property, provisions and deposit.
You and your agent will thoroughly go over every detail. If there's anything you don't understand, ask!
Accepting the Offer
Once you're satisfied that offer has met your criteria, you'll want to accept it. To ensure that your purchaser won't get cold feet, you'll want a deposit. The deposit will be held by your RE/MAX agent and when the deal is closed it will be applied to the commission owed.
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