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Do you want to sell your home before Christmas?

September 13th, 2012 at Thu, 13th, 2012 at 4:05 pm by Rick Schutte

Sell Your Home in 2012September is upon us and if you want to sell your home before the year’s end, there are a few things you should know!

Get a Great Agent - Oddly enough, I happen to know one, so can help you with this step. Call me for the inside scoop!  However, if you DO want to shop around, keep in mind that you need a real estate agent who is highly visible if you truly want to sell your home. I would encourage that you ensure that your agent is a Realtor, a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Marketing is not just done with signs, classified advertising and open houses anymore.  Nowadays you need someone well-versed in social media, listing syndication, and internet marketing.  In fact, if you have a Facebook page, you can even post your home for sale to your profile to gain as much exposure as possible. Combine those technical details with THE most informed agent in your town, and you are sure to have a winning combination.

Do your research and ASK why you should choose to be represented by the agent you interview – and make sure you like the answer.

Know Your Pricing & Price to Sell - Your real estate agent should be able to advise you on this, but if you are in a hurry, don’t be afraid to ask a little less. Listing at 10% below your “wish” price could get more offers in record time and actually increase your sale price to what you would have originally hoped to list at. You’ll also waste less time having to negotiate counter offers from buyers who think they can “talk you down.” Also, when considering offers, remember to take the one most likely to lead to a sale (your real estate agent should advise you on this, as well).

Curb Appeal - Make your home beautiful on the outside and on the inside. It is much easier to sell a home quickly if it looks well-maintained and CLEAN. Do not scrimp on gardening or  maintenance at this time. Your home for sale needs to be in tip-top shape!


Rick is the owner/designated broker of Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate and Koetje Property Management. He has been involved with the real estate industry on Whidbey Island for over 32 years. He is a past president of the NWMLS as well as a current board member of the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors. He has been designated by the National Association of Realtors as a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager as well as a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute. Rick can be reached at 360-675-5811 or You can also check out his website at

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