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Posted by Cathy Stewart on 5/22/2018

If youíre selling your home it can be frustrating when you arenít receiving any offers. Perhaps youíve heard that itís a sellerís market and that the offers on your house would be flying in. However, itís more complicated than that.

Whether or not your house receives offers is determined by a number of reasons--some that in your control, others that arenít. But, that doesnít mean you have to give up and sell your house at a low price.

In this article, weíll discuss what to do if your house just isnít selling. Weíll talk about some reasons why people may be hesitant to bid, to inquire about a showing, and to seal the deal and purchase your home.

Revisit the comparable properties

If your home has been on the market for a while, itís a good idea to check out the other recent homes in your neighborhood to see how their prices compare to the listing price of your home. Since the market fluctuates, other sellers could be adjusting the cost to reflect the current rates, leaving yours higher than it should be.

When pricing your home, make sure you are comparing your house to those that have actually sold. Using houses that have been on the market for a while as a baseline might mean youíve priced your home too high to sell just like theirs.

Also, make sure you are using houses that share many of the common features that yours does. This can include:

  • Square footage

  • The year the house was built

  • Number of bedrooms and baths

  • The lot size

  • The condition of the home

Remember, it isnít all just about location.

Getting more leads

If people arenít making inquiries about your home, there are a few things you should check up on. First, make sure your listings are updated and accurate. The contact info should be easy to find, and you or your real estate agent should provide multiple means of contact (email, cell phone, text, etc.).

Next, ensure that youíve given enough details about the house. If people are searching for a specific number of rooms but your listing doesnít mention the number of rooms you have, you might be missing out on several inquiries.

Finally, make sure your photos are high resolution and well-lit. You want to make sure visitors to your listing can get a clear idea of what your home looks like. If your photos are small, dark, blurry, or if they make the house look cramped and cluttered, you should retake your photos or consider hiring a photographer.

Getting more offers

If youíve had plenty of inquiries and showings but you arenít getting any offers there may be a deeper, underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Usually, this means your home needs important repairs and upgrades that buyers simply donít want to make.

If your house is priced to be move-in ready but itís not, youíll have to make some upgrades or lower the price.

Not working with an agent

Sellers can also have a difficult time getting offers if they attempt to sell the home themselves without using a real estate agent. If your home is FSBO (For Sale by Owner), youíre missing out on a number of listing services and connections that an agent can provide.





Posted by Cathy Stewart on 5/18/2018

This Single-Family in Westford, MA recently sold for $525,000. This Colonial,Garrison style home was sold by Cathy Stewart - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley.


90 Main St, Westford, MA 01886

Single-Family

$525,000
Price
$525,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming Westford center colonial walking distance to town common, farmers market, library, restaurants and more! Second driveway accesses wonderful Sunny Meadow Rd cul-de-sac neighborhood. This well maintained home with freshly painted dining and bathroom, boasts a beautiful recently updated kitchen with stone counter-tops, gleaming stainless steel appliances, and gas stove. Recent improvements include Anderson replacement windows, smooth hardboard siding, roof, hardwood floors, water heater, shed and new updates to septic system being installed. This huge 1.25 acre lot set back from the street with 4 good size bedrooms, walk-up attic and backyard patio has endless possibilities and with Top Rated Westford schools and an easy commuter location to rte 3 and 495 this is surely not to be missed!

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Posted by Cathy Stewart on 5/18/2018

This Single-Family in Chelmsford, MA recently sold for $520,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Cathy Stewart - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley.


66 Amble Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824

Single-Family

$519,900
Price
$520,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Updated and well-maintained 3-bedroom colonial in popular Hitchin' Post neighborhood in Chelmsford! Granite & ss appliances in kitchen; living room features fireplace and extensive built-ins; family room has access to large deck for entertaining. 3 large bedrooms, updated baths, additional finished bonus room & laundry room in basement. Minutes to Rt 3 for shopping and commute. Don't wait on this one!

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Posted by Cathy Stewart on 5/15/2018

Looking to sell a home for the first time? Ultimately, a first-time home seller must be able to identify a strong offer for his or her residence. With extensive real estate insights, a first-time home seller may be better equipped than others to accept a strong offer and accelerate the home selling cycle.

Identifying a strong offer for a home can be quick and easy Ė even for a first-time home seller.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a first-time home seller differentiate between a strong offer and a poor one.

1. Analyze the Housing Market

The housing market can be complex, particularly for a first-time home seller. Fortunately, many free, easy-to-access resources are available to help a home seller learn about the ins and outs of the housing sector so he or she can plan accordingly.

For example, a home seller can check the prices of homes available in his or her area via a simple online search. This home seller can even find out how long a particular house has been available, whether the price of a home has been reduced over time and much more.

With in-depth knowledge of the real estate market, a home seller can study how his or her residence stacks up against the competition. Then, this home seller can establish a competitive price for his or her home, increasing the likelihood that he or she will receive a number of strong offers.

2. Understand Your Home Both Inside and Out

A home appraisal is a must for a first-time or experienced home seller, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

During a home appraisal, a property inspector will take a close look at a house's interior and exterior. This inspector will provide a report at the appraisal's completion that highlights a house's strengths and weaknesses too.

For a home seller, an appraisal offers a valuable learning opportunity. It enables a home seller to gain deep insights into a home's condition that he or she may struggle to obtain elsewhere. That way, a home seller can complete assorted home repairs before listing a residence and boost his or her chances of receiving multiple offers that exceed a house's initial asking price.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A first-time home seller should meet with a real estate agent and discuss the differences between a strong offer and a poor one.

Thanks to a real estate agent, a home seller can seamlessly navigate the entire property selling journey as well.

Typically, a real estate agent will help a home seller establish a fair price for a residence from the get-go. This housing market professional also can offer helpful tips throughout the home selling journey to ensure a home seller can get the best possible results.

Don't leave anything to chance as you prepare to list a residence for the first time. Instead, take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and a first-time home seller should have no trouble distinguishing between a strong offer and a subpar proposal.




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Posted by Cathy Stewart on 5/10/2018


85 Providence Rd, Westford, MA 01886

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
4
Baths
Fantastic 4-5 bedroom, (4-full baths!) colonial in Westford Center neighborhood. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout the entire house, updated kitchen with enormous center island and sitting area with gas fireplace, 2 new bathroom vanities, front-to-back living room with 2nd fireplace, spacious dining room and lower level family room with extensive built-ins in walk-out finished basement. Master addition over garage features double closets, huge master bath and 2nd stairway. 5th bedroom or office on 2nd level with the 4 other bedrooms. Enjoy the deck and good sized backyard surrounded by trees to add privacy. Walk to the Peace Trail, Westford Center (library, arts center, muffin shop, town hall, community center), just a couple minutes to Rt 495 for commuting. This one will go fast!
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