Selling a House is Very Stressful!
My husband and I decided to go into the next phase of our life in beautiful Upstate NY-move to a lake-specifically Goodyear Lake. After months of rennovating the home we bought, it was time to put our home on the market.
I’m telling you … Every Realtor should list their own home For Sale! I wanted our home to be in perfect condition. Afterall, people would be coming through!
There was so much to do. After living in your home for over 30 years, you do accumulate a lot of "stuff". Every closet was full. I donated over 40 pair of shoes to Goodwill! And the clothes!... I had saved everything in 4 different sizes because I knew I would fit in them again someday! Kitchen needed to be spotless...countertops all clear. The whole house had to be clutter free. Windows had to be sparkling. Carpets cleaned. Garage was full. Did we really need 6 rakes? Landscaping needed to be spruced up. Flowers needed to be planted. My poor husband never thought he was a landscaper, but he did a great job!
Selling a house is stressful! Determining why a house doesn't sell usually is a fairly easy exercise.
Cynical readers will think, “she’s going to say it’s always the price.” It isn’t always the price – only about 90 percent of the time. So we started at $339,00 after looking at similar sold properties plus looking at what the competition was at the time. Time has gone on and more competition has come on the market. We made the tough decision and lowered to $300,000. The market has softened now and here we sit. Thank God we are not desperate to sell but it sure would be nice to see a nice family in there.
Here's my point...I've been there and done it! I certainly have a greater understanding now of what a homeowner goes through to get ready to sell their home. I also have a better understanding about communication. Sellers want to hear back asap about the feedback from a showing. I can tell you this doesn't happen soon enough in our industry! I've always been a good listing agent, but I can say after listing my own home, I have a clear understanding about the emotions, the stress and the anticipation of waiting for a contract.
Here's a link to our home...what do you think? http://www.chesser21.com/real-estate/Otsego-Delaware-MLS/Residential/property/83022-3-Suncrest-Ter-Oneonta-NY-13820