The house was listed on a Wednesday afternoon. The showing requests started coming in almost immediately. Most showings took place on Thursday, and a contract was signed on Friday.
So what makes some houses sell so fast whereas other languish?
The house is located in a desirable, close-knit community where neighbors know each other. It borders a large lake with a boat launch, plus a community park where fireworks are held each July. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, bike trails, and many streets do not have sidewalks to shovel in winter months.
The landscaping is exquisite. The owners had a professional landscaping plan done that enhances both the front and rear yards. The curb appeal couldn’t get any better. The garage is actually a 2-car tandem, with an access door to the rear yard for the lawn mower and yard tools.
The kitchen was newly-renovated in the current year. A professional designer maximized the efficiency within the allotted space. The microwave is recessed into the cabinetry (left photo). A breakfast bar is located near the coffee bar. The cooktop is radiant heating, with the convection oven underneath.
The family room is in the lower level with a walk-out to the backyard. There is an exercise area, laundry, a full bathroom, and storage. The ceilings are higher than what you might expect in the lower level. The gas fireplace warms the entire space.
The sunroom is nestled between the main house and the garage in a former “breezeway.” You can read the morning paper while watching the birds at the backyard bird feeder and also take note if someone is coming up the front walk.
The master bedroom is not an ensuite, but the full bath is right next door. The third bedroom is currently used as an office.
So why did this house sell within 2 days?
- Pristine condition
- Newer mechanicals and appliances
- Beautiful landscaping
- Nice floor plan
- Updated kitchen and bathrooms
- Priced Right
All these factors played a part in getting over-asking for this house.
Advice? Do yourself a favor by decluttering, updating, and maintaining your biggest asset six months before you decide to list. Plus, choose a list price that reflects your neighborhood, the condition of your house, and comparables. Pricing too high is not a good strategy if you want to sell within a reasonable time. If you price it too high, it may become a stale listing and people start to wonder if something is amiss. The lender will want the list price to be in line with the appraisal, otherwise the buyer may request a deduction anyway.
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