A Day in the Life of a Main Line Realtor® – Part 6
We are fast approaching the busiest time of year for Main Line Realtors® and Main Line real estate in general. We have 2 closings this month, have interviewed 4 new clients, have been on a listing presentation and unfortunately lost out on a house that had 4 other offers. The house was for our buyers who really need to find a home quickly (due to the imminent birth of their 4th child). Do you believe it? Five offers on this house located in a top neighborhood, priced exactly right and in pristine condition. That is the way to do it when you sell.
This issue is a challenge with buyers these days if you are truly focusing on the good homes for them. Our Main Line market is still tight. We have heard that sellers are not listing because they are not confident they will be successful in finding something else!! Clearly, those who want to sell need to move quickly to get their houses on the market this month if possible. Studies show that average priced homes can earn up to $2,000 more if sold in May in our area.
We met with some sellers here on the Main Line who are rushing to get their home ready for market and finding the task very stressful. As is often the case, they have lived in the home for many years, raised a family, and in this case are retiring to their vacation house. But the accumulation of “things” in the home has them daunted. This challenge is the reason this Main Line Realtor® hears most about why folks cannot downsize—their “stuff.” Hearing it over and over again as an obstacle to a better financial and emotional life makes me sad. There are people whose business it is to help others organize and downsize, but many people cannot afford them or cannot part with things even if the experts give them viable alternatives (donations, consignment, dumpsters). For many individuals, things equal people, and they feel a loss at parting with them.
Even if the stuff is not really wanted or needed anymore, parting with it is still not something most people do every day and the endeavor can seem insurmountable. I think if the process was approached as if trying to learn a new skill, it would help. Do some research, talk to some experts, contact friends who have downsized, and ask your Realtor®. All this can make the process seem less daunting and get sellers to the finish line of listing and selling their homes.
So with May upon us, this Main Line Realtor® is gearing up to find our new buyers the perfect house for them and getting sellers to make their homes ready for the market. Never a dull moment and no two transactions are ever the same! That is a good thing, in my opinion.
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