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Should We Have An Open House?

If you are selling your home and your real estate agent recommends an open house to sell your home in Mooresville NC, you may be wondering Should We Have An Open House? The answer to that is, “Yes!” Your real estate agent know best how to sell your home and if he or she suggests an open house, the agent knows that it will most likely benefit you. The goal of selling your home is to get the most money in the fastest time. If your home meets certain requirements, an open house will more than likely benefit you.

Open House Preparation

Whether your home is large or small doesn’t matter. What matters is that the floor plan is well laid out and the home is clean. You may want to move furniture to give rooms a more spacious look. Make sure clutter is gone. If you typically keep items on the kitchen counters, remove them. All tables should be cleared off, except for lamps. Beds should be made and closets should be organized.

Home Curb Appeal

If your home looks great outside, you’re on your way to being a prime candidate for an open house. Many people show interest on first looks, so the outside must look good. The yard should be well kept.  Landscaping should look fresh and the paint on the house should not be peeling, cracking or fading.

Home Buyers

You may have heard that homes sell to someone who attended an open house. This depends on the traffic. If your real estate agent advertises to the correct clientele – those who can afford a home in your neighborhood – you have a good chance at selling your home to someone who attended the open house.

Because of the market in this first quarter of 2017, houses get snapped up quickly. Buyers want to be able to just walk into a home and look around.  Therefore, they may make a fast decision. If the agent does not take offers until the open house concludes, you’ll get several offers at once, and will be able to choose the offer that best benefits you.

Open House Pros in Mooresville NC

Hosting an open house has benefits to the seller and to the agent. Instead of waiting for a couple of weeks for several offers, you’ll get many offers on the day of or within a couple days of the open house. Therefore, your home has the potential to sell quickly!

You’ll also attract a buyer that may be considering a move, but hasn’t been able to find the perfect house yet. If that buyer happens to be driving by and sees the house, he or she will stop in and may find that your home is the dream home he or she wasn’t able to find through online searches or through his or her own agent.

An open house also lets you know if your home is priced right. If it is, you’ll generally have more prospective buyers show up. If the home is priced too high, the traffic will be less.

The Cons of Having an Open House

There are cons to having an open house. The open house will attract “tire kickers.” These are people who are nosy and want to see what the inside of your home looks like and those who really can’t afford the house but would love to be able to afford it. However, tire kickers may also know someone looking for a home just like yours, and they will pass the word on.

Additional cons include having to put up pictures of children, jewelry, putting electronics and other easily-moved expensive items away, and ensuring that there are enough people to watch prospective buyers as they move from room to room if more than a few show up at the same time.

Should We Have An Open House?

If your agent suggests an open house, he or she believes that it may benefit you. Consider the pros and cons of having an open house and don’t be afraid to ask your realtor questions about how he or she will handle the open house, including whether the agent will only take offers after the open house.

If you are looking to sell your house in 2017, please contact us at On Point Carolinas Realty.  We would love the opportunity to work with you and your family!

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Gus Testa

Gus Testa, Top Realtor with On Point Carolinas Realty, LLC, has been in real estate sales and management since 1977. In 1993, after leaving family, friends and his owned real estate franchise firm behind, he and his wife Beth made the decision to “head South” with their 2 sons. Since that time there has been no looking back. Gus immediately began working for a local and well respected new home builder, building beautiful neighborhoods in and around the Charlotte area. In his first year of new home sales he was awarded “Rookie of the Year” for the highest volume of sales for the company. Then in 2002, it was time to move on and Gus joined major developer Crescent Resources as one of their Residential Sales Associates. From 2002 through 2012, Gus along with his business partner Kim McBee, continually sold several million dollars in volume and became very familiar with the movers and shakers in the Real Estate industry in and around the Lake Norman area, the Charlotte area and the Northern most portions of South Carolina. In 2013 Gus and Kim partnered with a local developer to open On Point Carolinas Realty, LLC; a full service real estate company, listing and selling new and re-sale homes and home sites. Gus holds licenses in both North and South Carolina.

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