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2022 Fall Real Estate: South Shore MA real estate

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The South Shore MA real estate market is experiencing similar shifts occurring at the national level. As a result, our fall real estate season will present different conditions than it has in recent months. 

"Our local market activity is changing," say Michelle Larnard, owner/broker Michelle Larnard Real Estate. "As we approach the fall season, sellers are starting to list their homes but days on market have begun to increase and prices are leveling. As a result, realistic pricing is key if sellers are looking for a successful sale before the holidays." 

The typical time table from listing a home to the closing table is 60 days. If you are looking to sell in the fall real estate market, now is the ideal time to list your home. Talk to a local real estate professional for guidance on price, preparing your home, and timing. 

"The best way to achieve a home sale is making sure the home is in market ready condition," says Michelle. "Sellers should work closely with a professional realtor who will guide them through the do’s and don’ts of preparation. A properly prepared home will attract the highest number of buyers and seller will receive the best offers for consideration."

Home selling basics for the fall real estate market

Walk through each room. Prospective buyers see everything. Don't see your house as your home. See your house as a buyer would see it. Instead, think of it as your biggest asset.  

1. INTERIOR

Inspect the walls and trim  

You’ll most likely notice marks, scratches, and imperfections from normal wear and tear. If cleaning doesn’t get rid of these blemishes, then paint. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to making your home look like it’s been updated. Buyers will definitely notice. If you paint, keep colors neutral. 

preparing your home for sale

De-clutter

  • Box up personal belongings.
  • Put over-sized furniture, collectables, and knick-knacks in storage.
  • Remove items from your kitchen and bathroom counters, laundry room shelves and tabletops.
  • Organize your closets.
  • Take down personal pictures and artwork.

Think “blank canvas.” That’s what the buyers want to see when they tour your home. 

Clean

  • Clean, clean, then clean again. Dust. Polish appliances, faucets, and hardware.
  • Pay particular attention to smells. Clean carpets for a fresher smell. 
  • With less light in the autumn months, it's particularly important to make sure your home is as light and bright as possible. 
    • Wash the windows and remove the screens if possible. 
    • If you have heavy drapes, replace them with simple blinds or consider no window treatments. 

 

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2. EXTERIOR

First impressions are often how buyers decide if they want to tour inside. How your house appears from the street is critical.

  • Repair and repaint rotting wood.
  • Inspect the window sills, siding, decks, and porches.
  • Sometimes a good power wash is all you need to get the house back in shape. 

3. HIRE A REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

"Sellers who understand the shifting market and work hand-in-hand with a local realtor are having the most success," reports Michelle. 

A local real estate professional will:

  • Look at your home objectively
  • Understand what is needed to get your home ready for sale
  • Know local market conditions to price it competitively
  • Know how to successfully market your home
  • Negotiate on your behalf
  • Guide you through the entire process 

Are you ready to sell? Click below and answer a few simple questions. We will email you a custom report for your home in this current market.

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