3 Must-Do’s When Selling Your House in 2024

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The beginning of the journey of selling your house can be a mix of excitement for the future and a touch of sentimentality about your current home. To ensure a confident and successful selling experience, take a look at these three best practices made for homesellers.

1. Price Your Home Right

Understanding the Market Dynamics: The real estate landscape experienced shifts in 2023, marked by rising mortgage rates and a normalization of home price appreciation. In the current market, It is crucial to price your house appropriately.

Hannah Jones, Economic Research Analyst for Realtor.com, highlight the importance of sellers familiarizing themselves with the local market:

“Sellers need to become familiar with their local market and work closely with a local agent to make sure their listing is attractive to buyers. Buyers feeling the pressure of affordability are likely to be pickier, so a well-priced, well-maintained home is the ticket to drumming up big demand.”


Avoiding Pitfalls:
Pricing your house too high may discourage potential buyers, while pricing it too low can leave money on the table. Make sure to communicate with an expert real estate agent who can help determine the ideal asking price, ensuring your house moves quickly and commands top dollar.

2. Keep Your Emotions in Check

Longer Homeownership Durations: The trend of homeowners staying in their houses for an extended period has become more prevalent. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), since 1985, the average homeownership duration has increased from 6 to 10 years (refer to the graph below):

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Managing Emotional Attachments: The prolonged stay in one place often results in a deeper emotional connection to the home. Emotional ties can make it challenging to detach sentimental value from fair market price. When the house holds special memories, navigating this emotional journey can be tough. Rely on a real estate professional to guide you through negotiations and establish the best pricing strategy.

3. Stage Your Home Properly

Creating Broad Buyer Appeal:  While your home reflects your personal style and memories, not all buyers may share the same sentiment.  Focus on the first impression to ensure it appeals to a wide range of potential buyers. 

Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research at NAR says the importance of home staging:

 “Buyers want to easily envision themselves within a new home and home staging is a way to showcase the property in its best light.”


Professional Guidance:  Your emotional attachment to your house decorations may differ from the buyer's perspective. A real estate professional can provide better ideas for staging your home effectively, enhancing its visual appeal.

In Conclusion

Balancing the practical considerations of pricing, managing emotions, and staging your home appropriately will contribute to a successful and fulfilling selling experience. Whether you're in Naperville or the Chicago suburbs, having the right guidance ensures you make the most of this significant transition.

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