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Are you planning to sell your waterfront home soon? If you’re a first-time seller, you may want to stock up on home selling tips and tricks that you can use to sell your property.
You may also want to lower your expectations on how soon the home will sell.
Though many people love waterfront homes and the idea of owning a waterfront property is something many have been toying with for years, not all will want to buy nor can afford to buy one.
Waterfront homes are considered “luxury homes” though many are in the affordable to moderate price range. That’s because lakefront homes are usually vacation homes, a place to escape during summer, or when you want to get away and take a break from all that’s going on in life.
To sell your lakefront home successfully, you have to step up your game.
Simply sticking a “For Sale” sign on the yard and advertising on newspaper and magazines are not enough. In today’s very competitive real estate market, you need to have a solid understanding of how to market your beachfront home.
Here are the best tips that will help you sell your lakefront home soon and for the best price.
1. Price it right from the start. Your home’s listing price is vital. It is the determining factor of whether the house will sell or not. If you price it too high, your home will sit on the market until it most likely expires.
Homes that remain unsold for months give the wrong impression to buyers. They might think that something is wrong with the home. This stigma will make it more difficult to sell.
On the other hand, if you price it too low, you are leaving money on the table. As a seller, you would want to see your house value increase instead of decrease, and selling it at a super discounted price is saying you desperately wanted to get rid of the house.
The key to right pricing is finding the sweet spot based on your research of the comparative market analysis and your understanding of the local market. This can be difficult if it is your first time to sell a property, so it would be to your advantage to hire a seasoned local real estate agent.
2. Get help from an experienced local real estate agent. Notice that I said experienced and local.
You need an agent who knows and specializes in selling waterfront homes. Though technically a real estate agent should be able to sell any property, selling is easier if you’re doing it for a specific niche, so there are agents for waterfront homes, luxury properties, single family homes, horse farms, etc.
Find an agent who is seasoned in selling waterfront homes because he or she knows how to market your home best. They know who they’ll sell to, they know the waterfront lifestyle, they know what buyers want.
Also, look for a local real estate agent. He or she is more familiar with the local market as well as the laws and special considerations.
3. Boost the curb appeal! If you’re selling a waterfront home, don’t just think about how the front yard looks. There’s so much more to look at in a waterfront property. You also have to consider the viewing area and the view.
What is the viewing area? Is it a deck or a patio?
Can you see the view directly or is it partially obstructed by heavy foliage?
What kind of view do you have? Are you looking at a beach, a lake, a river, or a pond?
Is the area surrounding the water clean?
These questions are just some of the things that will help you boost the curb appeal of your waterfront home. You have to remember that buyers are expecting a view, and that’s one you have to deliver. Maximizing the view by clearing out some of the overhanging branches and wildly grown shrubs to vastly improve the view.
4. Don’t forget to stage it! When buyers step inside a waterfront home, they expect to see an extension of the waterfront lifestyle in your home.
That means there should be an outdoor living space like a deck or patio where you can enjoy the view.
That means there should ba a nautical theme or decor in the house.
That means there should be plenty of blues, greens and grays in the house decor because these colors reflect their outside setting.
That means doors and windows must be framed to showcase their views.
These are a few of the many things you can do when staging so your home becomes more inviting and relaxing – the two things waterfront homes are known for.
Make your home Instagram worthy! Your Realtor® will hire a professional photographer to take beautiful photos and videos of your home for marketing purposes. Your home should look impeccable and stunning in photos to easily catch a buyer’s attention.
Knowing what to do and preparing a plan makes home selling easier.
When you’re ready to sell your home, call me, Deborah Laemmerhirt, at 203-994-4297. I offer a free home valuation and you are under no obligation to list with me. I’ll be waiting for your call!