or how I sold my house in 4 weeks in a slow market
Friends helped clean and stage home, took good pictures and made a professional website - paid/traded them to do this
*The homework - tracked house sales in neighborhood, looked a similar listings, got all the paperwork in order, paid attention to employment and other trends in the area, didn't ask an unreasonable price (was looking for an expedient, quick sale), poised to show/sell at best time of year
*Posted on Craigslist (chose to list there rather than FSBO sites as they are expensive and not obvious which one is most effective) with link to website
*Was available to show on short notice, on a very flexible schedule
*Responded to emailed questions promptly, returned phone calls same day
*Did minor vetting of callers - "are you looking in this price class, can you afford it, are you familiar with the area?"
*Kept the house and yard looking good
*Made arrangements with a lawyer to read offers and contract
*Had Plan B (contact realtors and list with one of two) that would have been put in place if a solid offer wasn't made that week
Could I have sold for more? Maybe, maybe not. I got close to asking price, closing less than a month after contract signed, no subjects on the offer. Many properties here are on the market for months, even years. I have to ask myself if the owners are even interested in selling and are in touch with current market.
Was I lucky or was the sale the result of hard work? We'll never know.
Would this work in other areas, other markets? Don't know.