When you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale—especially if you’ve put a lot of money into improving the house over the years and if the neighborhood is one that has historically attracted a lot of buyers. While you shouldn’t panic if the house doesn’t sell the moment you list it, you should begin to worry if the months start flying by without any real offers. If this is the case, here are 11 reasons why your house may not be selling.
- You overvalued your property. If your house is overpriced, it’s simply not going to sell. Compare your property to similar properties that recently sold within your area to get a better idea of its true value. An experienced real estate agent can give you an accurate value of your home. Additionally, don’t make the mistake of tacking on the cost of any renovations you made. You can’t just assume that the cost of a renovation translates to added value.
- Your listing is poor. If the listing of your home includes a poorly written description without any images, a lot of buyers are going to skip over it. Make sure you and your REALTOR® put an effort into creating a listing that attracts the attention of buyers. Make sure to add high quality photographs of both the interior and exterior of your home. Don’t forget to highlight unique features as well.
- You’re always present at showings. Let your agent handle your showings. Buyers don’t want to have the seller lurking over their shoulder during showings, especially during an open house. This puts unwanted pressure on the buyer, which will make them uncomfortable and likely chase them away.
- You’re too attached. If you refuse to negotiate even a penny off your price, then there’s a good chance that you’ve become too attached to your home. If a part of you doesn’t want to sell it, or you think your house is the best house in the world, odds are you’re going to have a lot of difficulties coming to an agreement with a potential buyer.
- You haven’t had your home professionally cleaned. A dirty house is going to leave a bad impression on buyers. Make sure you have a professional clean your carpeting and windows before you begin showing your house.
- You haven’t staged your home. If you’ve already moved out, then don’t show an empty house. This makes it difficult for buyers to imagine living in it. Stage your house with furniture and decor to give buyers a better idea of how big every room is and how it can be used. You want the buyer to feel at home when they are taking the tour.
- You kept up all of your personal décor. Buyers are going to feel uncomfortable touring your house if you keep all of your family portraits up. Take down your personal décor so that buyers can have an easier time imagining themselves living there.
- Your home improvements are too personalized. You might think that the comic book mural you painted for your child’s room is absolutely incredible, but that doesn’t mean potential buyers will agree. If your home improvements are too personalized, it can scare off buyers who don’t want to pay for features they don’t want.
- Your home is too cluttered. Even if your home is clean, clutter can still be an issue. For example, maybe you simply have too much furniture in one of your rooms. This can make the house feel smaller than it is.
- Your home is in need of too many repairs. The more repairs that are needed, the less likely a buyer will want your house. Many buyers simply don’t want to deal with the cost or effort of doing repair work, even if it’s just a bunch of small repairs, such as tightening a handrail or replacing a broken tile.
- You chose the wrong real agent. In my opinion, choosing the right real estate is simply the most important decision you make in selling your home. A good REALTOR® makes all the difference in selling your home within a reasonable time.
All these things can be fixed once you realize your mistake; however, the longer your property stays on the market, the less likely it will sell at listing price. One of the best ways to avoid making these common mistakes is by working with a professional real estate agent. By C Muotoch Housecall
If you like most have already had it with this Winter Weather in Georgia and South Carolina, and are looking forward to summer we have a solution. Attending the boat show in Atlanta or Greenville, looking at a water craft and wondering where you will put it come summer? Call us we can help you find your Dream Property on Lake Hartwell or Lake Keowee. We are licensed in Georgia and South Carolina and have an extensive knowledge of the lakes and the rules and regulations, call us for all your Real Estate needs.
Lake Hartwell, South Carolina
“It’s not just a Lake… it’s a Lifestyle”
Lake Hartwell is, without a doubt, the most beautiful lake in the Southeastern United States. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences – making Hartwell one of the most visited Corps lakes in the nation.
Being fed by two rivers that come right out of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the water in Lake Hartwell is reported to be more pure than in many municipal water systems.
Standing on a boat dock you can look down through 10-12 feet of crystal clear water at small pebbles on the bottom of the lake.
Lake Hartwell covers a land area of 56,000 acres and has a shoreline of 962 miles. Unlike some of the smaller lakes nearer Atlanta, Lake Hartwell is neither crowded nor contaminated.
Having a depth of up to 202 feet, the 21 species of edible fish in Lake Hartwell have plenty of room to navigate – and yet they seem readily available to latch onto minnows, artificial lures and other fish bait.
With a width of approximately six miles at its widest point, the views at Lake Hartwell are both picturesque and panoramic. And yet, there are innumerable deep protected coves – primarily South of I-85 – that provide peaceful tranquility as in days of old.
Out on the main body of the Lake at sunset, one is afforded a truly panoramic view of a glittering stream of red across several miles of sky blue water – as the sun disappears beyond the horizon.
Shortly thereafter, the lights on the dam come on – creating the illusion of a small but well lighted city in the background. When the moon appears – in its various stages – on both sides of full – a glittering band of yellowish gold light reaches out endlessly towards your boat – progressively diminishing in length, as the moon gets higher. On occasion, when there are scattered clouds below the moon – their reflection in the clear waters of Lake Hartwell give the appearance of a giant mirror.
It is only fitting that a Lake as beautiful as Lake Hartwell be located in the quiet serene atmosphere of a rural type setting – and yet be located only 1.5 hours from Atlanta – only 1.5 hours from Highlands, North Carolina – only 45 minutes from Athens, Georgia and the University of Georgia – only 25 minutes from Anderson, South Carolina – and only one hour from Greenville, South Carolina.
On the Georgia side of the lake – the main body of Lake Hartwell borders Hart County. On a clear day – from many parts of Hart County, you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.
Lake Hartwell is a terrific place for a summer home. Some as far away as Miami, Florida maintain summer homes on the lake. Most summer homes on the lake are well insulated and have fireplaces – primarily because their owners use them as vacation homes year-round. Considering the close proximity of Atlanta, Georgia; Athens, Georgia; and Greenville, South Carolina – Lake Hartwell property is considered to be an excellent investment, and why wouldn’t it be; let us assist you in finding your dream lake property today!
We have homes in virtually every price range, every style available, as well as lake front property if you care to design and build your own dream home.
As a native of Atlanta until 2005, my husband Keith and I were finding it more and more difficult to leave the serenity of our Lake House and head back to our Atlanta home. Working in fast paced, high stress corporate jobs, we decided to retire early and chase our dream of living full time on Lake Hartwell.
With sales and marketing backgrounds, we knew Real Estate would allow us to marry our business knowledge with our love of Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and the upstate providing potential clients the best Real Estate experience in our market. Licensed in the summer of 2006, our journey began. Top Producers in our market since 2007, we are proud to say, our move to SC was the best decision we’ve made. The relationship(s) we form with our clients does not end at the closing table. We take pride is being a resource to meet the needs of clients before, during and after they purchase a property. We are licensed in South Carolina and Georgia.
If you are looking for lake property we hope you will give us a call and let us earn your business. Our hope is that you too will share in our love of the lakes in Upstate South Carolina and Georgia.
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