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What Season is the Best Time to Sell My House?

So you are ready to sell your house, but you look out the window and see several feet of snow on the ground. Should you bother putting your house on the market in the winter, or should you wait until spring? Is there a better season in which to sell your home? The answers to these questions depend on a few basic factors.

Where You Live

In a place where the climate is very cold in the winter, it can be wise to wait until spring to sell, because fewer buyers will be venturing out to look at homes. In an area where the sun shines year round, weather is not a concern, and people will have no trouble coming out to see your house. This doesn’t mean, however, that season doesn’t matter in a warm climate! It can still affect how many potential buyers will come out and the odds of selling.

Watch Out For The Holiday Slump

People are usually too busy from Thanksgiving through Christmas to spend much time house hunting, and in January they are often recovering financially from holiday over-spending. Most experts will recommend that you avoid listing your home until after the worst of the holiday slump in the market is over and people are looking to buy again. This is true no matter what the climate!

Particulars Of Your Home

If your home is near a high school, you might want to consider selling in the summer when things nearby are a bit quieter. The noise and traffic of the school year might put some buyers off. If your home is near a lot of fun winter activities, this might actually be a selling point that will be highlighted better in the winter months. Looking for these details of your area and capitalizing on them will help you to get your home sold.

The season does matter when it comes to home buying, and spring is usually a good time to list. As your real estate agent, I can help you to determine what season makes the most sense for listing in your particular case, providing you with market information in your area and helping you pinpoint the particulars of your home that make it appealing in a specific season.


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Protecting Your Privacy While Your Home Is On The Market

Selling your home can cause potential anxiety about your personal privacy. With your doors open to a nearly constant stream of strangers through your home, you may worry that your personal information is at risk. Protecting your personal information is a top priority. Here are a few tips for protecting your privacy while your home is on the market.

Ask Your Agent To Accompany Potential Buyers And Other People Entering Your Home

Some REALTORS® allow buyers to walk through the property on their own. If you are concerned with allowing strangers to tour your home unaccompanied, let your agent know ahead of time.

Remove Your Mail And Financial Information

Don’t leave mail sitting out. You don’t want your personal information made public, and you would be surprised what thieves can use to steal your identity. Also remove all checkbooks and banks statements and place them in a secure filing cabinet or lockbox.

Remove Personal Effects

From diplomas to wedding photos, don’t provide potential buyers with any personal information about yourself or your family. Depersonalizing is also an important part of successfully staging your home for sale, so removing these things will allow you to accomplish two things at once.

Don’t Leave Your Computer On During Showings

A professional identity thief can access personal information from your computer in only a few moments, so shut your computer off before buyers arrive.

These simple tips can keep your privacy secure while selling your home.


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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4 Tips to A Quick Home Sale

The hopes of many homeowners is to sell their property quickly, for the most amount of money. The home selling process can be stressful and overwhelming, however, my team and I are here to make that process as simple as possible for you. Here’s a few tips to getting your home sold quickly and at a reasonable price!

Hire A Real Estate Professional While this may seunnamedem like a simple concept, there are many people out there that try to sell their home without professional consultation. Using a professional to handle the transaction of your most valuable asset is extremely important – we have the experience and expertise to make sure that that transaction is handled with care.

The Price Is Right Many people are disappointed when they hear where their home stands in the current market. Trust your real estate agent and their research – we know the local market and can properly align your home with other similar properties that have sold recently.

Marketing Strategy Every home is different, which is why our team put together different marketing strategies for different types of properties. 90% of homebuyers search homes online, so that is where we focus a lot of our marketing attention. We have a multiple point marketing strategy in order to give your home that utmost exposure to reach potential qualified buyers.

Clean and Tidy When a buyer is looking at a home, they are trying to picture themselves living there. When a house is cluttered and full of “stuff”, its hard for buyers to get that image in their head. Clear out some clutter, and make sure most household items are tidied away so it makes for a clean environment for the buyers to explore.

These are just a few steps you can take to get your home sold fast. As your real estate agent, it is our job to make sure your home gets the most exposure possible. If you’d like to find out more about how we market our homes, feel free to contact us for more information.


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Selling Your Home When Facing Foreclosure

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Looming foreclosures can leave you feeling helpless. However, it is still possible to sell your home and avoid the foreclosure, if you can move quickly enough. Of course, trying to sell a home while racing against the clock is never easy. But don’t worry: there are ways to get aggressive in selling your home quickly and for a reasonable price.

Of course, the first order of business is to price your home correctly. This means not trying to eek out every extra dollar of your home. When you’re looking to move a home on the market quickly, you’re going to need to under-price the competition considerably. At the point of facing foreclosure, you just need to take what you can get, especially if the home is perfectly fine and is comparable to other homes on the market.

However, you want to make sure that you get a real idea of what your home is worth, so that you’re not selling yourself short. Your real estate professional can help you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), which will outline recently sold properties that are similar to yours, while also comparing your property to those that are still in pending sales, and others still currently on the market. Some experts will suggest pricing your home 10% below the price of the most recently sold home in your neighborhood.

The next thing to do is communicate with your lender. During a foreclosure, you will need to get the go-ahead from your lender in deciding how low you realistically you can sell the home. Ask your lender to give you some indication of how low of a sale price they will accept. If you are owing more than your home is worth, it may be best to complete a short sale application with your lender.

Even in the face of foreclosure, you can still sell your home quickly and avoid the black mark of foreclosure on your credit report. While it may be hard to accept many thousands of dollars less than what you paid for your home, your credit report will thank you, and you will be better off in the long run.