5 Ways To Get Noticed In A Seller’s Market

Are you looking for an Orlando home in a neighborhood where there’s little or no inventory? And if you do find one that meets your criteria are you ready to be faced with a bidding war? That’s typically what happens in a seller’s market, especially in the most sought-after neighborhoods in Orlando.

Here are a few tips that will help you to maximize your chances of finding yours and getting it under contract.

  • Make your search a top priority. If you really want it, you have to go for it. Have your Orlando Realtor set up email alerts for you. This way every time a home that meets your criteria hits the market, you’ll be one of the first to know. You should be ready to go see it immediately, don’t wait for the weekend to come around because it will probably be under contract by then. Also, be ready to make a quick decision, not doing so could cost you.
  • Get pre-approved by a lender and bring your pre-approval letter with you whenever you go see a house. A seller will take you more seriously if you show them that you mean business and you’re not there to waste their time. This will give you a huge advantage over a buyer who hasn’t taken this step yet.
  • Consider waiving the contingencies. The typical home buyer will put contingencies in the contract in order make sure they don’t lose their deposit as well as making sure their financing gets approved. For example, if the home doesn’t pass inspections, they can back out. Waiving the contingencies is always attractive to buyers but it’s not recommended for every buyer. Consult with your Orlando Realtor before considering this as an option.
  • In a seller’s market, sellers have the advantage. Don’t send in a low ball offer on a home that you know is worth the asking price, because you’ll likely end up losing it to buyer willing to pay full asking price. Figure out how much you’re willing to go up to within your budget and bid aggressively.
  • Tweak your criteria when searching. Consider going further outside your search area and look at homes that may need some remodeling or updating. By doing this you’ll not only have more options, but you could even end up getting a better deal, especially if the home needs some repairs.

If you’re looking for a house to call home in Orlando, FL, or even an investment property, call or text us at 407-902-7750 for a free consultation. In the meantime feel free to use our Orlando Home Search Tool.

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The 9 Top Reasons Why Some Orlando Homes Sell Faster

1- Curb Appeal

Believe it or not, curb appeal is the #1 factor that affects the time a home is on the market. By making your home look its best from the street, you are off to a good start.

 2- Good School Districts

Studies show that homes in good school districts sell faster and at a premium than homes located in less desirable school districts. When Orlando Realtors were surveyed, they said that 1 in 5 people would pay up to 10% over their budget to be in the right school district.


 3- Move-in ready

Orlando homes that are move-in ready sell 12% faster than homes that need some work or are needing appliances. The less you give a potential buyer to complain about, the better off you are.

 4- Great photography

Orlando homes that are marketed with professional photos sell much faster than pictures taken with your smartphone. Using wide-angle lenses will also make rooms look larger and show better in print as well as online marketing.

 5- Staging makes a huge difference!

Homes that are staged spend an average of 73% less time on the market than homes that aren’t staged.

 6-Video Marketing

Using virtual tours and Youtube videos to market a home will get it sold 20% faster than when no video marketing has been done.


7- Upgrades

Homes with upgrades such as quartz, granite, custom cabinets, stainless appliances, high end light fixtures, tankless water heater, etc. sell anywhere from 34 to 61 days faster than homes with n om upgrades.


8- Pricing it Correctly

Pricing a home correctly from the start will probably sell in less than 2 months. Overpricing can cause your home to sit for 6 months or more.


Choosing The Right Realtor for the job

9- This should probably be #1 on the list. Working with an Orlando Listing Specialist will get your home sold up to 40% faster than with a new agent.

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10 Best Tips To Sell Your Orlando Home

 Sell Your Orlando Home For Top Dollar

If you need to sell your Orlando home for top dollar, then showing your home to buyers is unavoidable. So it’s important to make a good first impression on interested buyers. Here are some tips that I recommend you follow when showing your house to a potential buyer.

 1- Make Them Feel Welcome

As an Orlando real estate agent, I prefer to show houses without the sellers being there, but many times the homeowner insists on being present when other people walk through their home which is completely understandable. If it were me, I’d probably be the same way.

If you want to be there during showings, you should politely greet the potential buyers and invite them to look around. Tell them to take their time and let them know that you’d be happy to answer any questions they may have. Don’t follow them around as they walk through your house! Your presence may make them uncomfortable and restricted. Let the agent give them the 10-cent tour while going read on the patio or walk the dog. This will allow the buyers to communicate freely with their agents and voice any concerns.

 2- Be Flexible With Showings

Bending over backward to make your home available to show at any time will be advantageous to you. Most home buyers are on tight schedules because of work or other commitments. Sometimes I get out-of-state clients that only fly in for a day or two to see houses before flying back so try to be as flexible as possible about scheduling showings. If you still live in the home it’s very important that you be ready for a showing at a few moments’ notice. Some people can only see houses in the evening time and especially on weekends. Being as flexible as possible with showings will give you more opportunities for the right buyer to walk through that door and make an offer.

 3-Room Temperature

Make sure that when a potential buyer walks through that door, they feel comfortable. They don’t want to be cold during winter or hot in the summertime. If they’re not comfortable, they may not spend enough time in your home to decide if it’s an option for them or not. The last thing you want is for a buyer to rush through a showing because they can’t wait to leave.

 4- Keep It Clean

If you’re still living in the home, you should try to keep it showing ready at all times so that you’re never caught off guard. Make sure all clutter is cleaned up, run the vacuum whenever needed, and keep the kitchen and bathrooms spotless at all times. A clean and de-cluttered home appears larger as opposed to a dirty and cluttered home can appear small and uncomfortable. Having scented candles around the house is always a good idea and if you really want to make a good impression, you can bake some cookies and have them on the table. This entices the senses and they will also know that the oven works. lol!

 5-Not Everyone’s An Animal Lover

If you have a pet or pets, the best thing to do is temporarily remove them from your home or at the very least, put them in their crate. Not everyone is an animal lover and you don’t want a nervous animal distracting the buyers or making them uneasy. This will allow buyers to tour the home without any distractions. You should also remove any animal toys, dog bowls, etc.

 6-Let There Be Light

Your home should be well lit regardless of it’s day or night. When we live in a home, we develop habits of only turning on certain lights. The best thing to do is turn on all the lights during a showing. Most potential buyers won’t be drawn to a dimly lit home.

 7-Provide Documents About The Home

If you’ve recently had the AC or the roof replaced, have the warranty paperwork on the table. Did you have it appraised recently? Have that on the table as well. As a matter of fact, you should have any important paperwork regarding your home in plain view. This will make them believe that you have nothing to hide and that you are organized as is your home.

 8- Talk To Your Orlando Realtor

There are always certain things about a home or neighborhood that are not always in plain view. Educate your Orlando listing agent on things that you may want to be pointed out during showings. For example, having great neighbors is always a plus, but a potential buyer won’t know this by just walking through your house. If you have wonderful neighbors and your neighborhood is very family oriented, let them know.
9- Good Curb Appeal

The first thing a buyer will see when the drive up is the outside of your home and it’s your job as the seller to make sure your home looks as good as it can. The goal is for a potential buyer to be eager to see the inside because of how the outside looks. Make sure the lawn and shrubs are always perfectly trimmed and any flower beds are free of weeds. You’d be surprised how a little clean-up and some brightly colored flowers can enhance your curb appeal.

 10-Get Feedback
If you really want to know what they think, then place some comment cards in the home where buyers can openly leave their feedback about your home. The information they provide may help you for the next showing. Either that or it will piss you off [lol!]. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like criticism, you may want to skip this step.

If you need to sell your Orlando home and want more tips on how to get your house “showing ready” contact us at 407-902-7750. We’re here to help!

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