I know it’s only January but in real estate terms . . . spring is right around the corner. For anyone thinking about listing their home, I thought I would solicit some advice from a successful Bucks County Realtor. Pat Olenick is with Prudential Fox and Roach. She has been a real estate professional for 25 years. Pat is the recipient of numerous awards including: Leading Edge and The Gold Medal recipient for Top Producer. She knows the Bucks County Market very well and has been very active selling homes in Doylestown Borough.
Question: Pat, what do you consider a target date for someone to list their home to take full advantage of the spring market?
Answer: I would suggest as soon as possible. Most people wait until March but right now is when inventory is down. Why wait for stiffer competition. I feel that the Buyers are out there now so take advantage of it.
Question: Getting a house ready to sell can be overwhelming. What is the first step?
Answer: Start by packing up as many personal items as possible. Less is Best. People want to envision their items rather than seeing yours. Think of it this way, you are planning to move. You will pack now or you will pack later. Packing up some things now just may help you sell your home faster. Next step is to check and see if the house needs a touch up coat of paint. Clean windows and carpeting are an abolute must.
Question: How long before you list is the right time to start interviewing prospective realtors?
Answer: Depends on how motivated you are in getting the house ready. An agent will come in with suggestions on what the Seller should do to maximize the return. I would give myself a month.
Coming soon an interview with decorators Chris & Melissa on “getting organized in the New Year” and “staging your home for resale”