: A New Perspective on Selling Your Jersey Shore Home

A New Perspective on Selling Your Jersey Shore Home

house (sxc)Getting your home ready for sale today takes a little more work than it did just a year ago, or even a few months ago!  You've got to look at things from the home buyer’s perspective and stay up to date on pricing in your local housing market.

Home buyers can pick and choose from a wide variety of homes on the market.  They are a lot more thorough with their searches, so as a home seller be prepared for that.homes (sxc)

Home buyers can get a great house at a great price right now, so the home seller must differentiate themselves from the competition.

Here are some techniques you, as a homeowner, can use to change the way a buyer views your home.

Set a realistic price.
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Keep in mind, the value of your home is what the buyer will pay.  Some of the factors which affect their perspective are local characteristics like commuting time, job opportunities, housing supply, school systems and more.

Sellers should stay realistic and set the price with a REALTOR® who can help determine which factors are at work in a given marketplace.

Remember, if you're on a short time line to sell, or if your home needs numerous repairs, this will affect your pricing strategy.
All Out Marketing.newspapers(sxc)
A successful marketing plan is no longer just a newspaper ad and a listing on REALTOR.com.  

Explore innovative and creative marketing techniques that make home buyers aware of your home.  Photos, virtual tours and web presence are essential.

By using virtual home tours and concentrating on well-lit, high quality digital photos for website listings you can give your home a chance to be noticed by the increasing majority of home buyers who turn to Internet listings, with photos, first.
Looking Good.
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Home buyers will look for the least expensive home in the best neighborhood they can afford. The goal is to make your home the best value in the area.

Stage your home to maximize space and give home buyers a chance to see themselves in your home. Cosmetic improvements like paint, wallpaper, and yard clean up, are good low cost investments to make a home generally more appealing.

If you have the money, mechanical repairs should be completed to ensure that all systems and appliances are in good working condition.  Well functioning heating and cooling systems are required to get a top price.
Entice Home Buyers with Curb Appeal.
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As beautiful as the inside of your home is, it's no use if prospective buyers don't want to enter.

Curb appeal sells 49 percent of all houses, whether you have a townhouse, condo or detached home, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

Replacing light fixtures, removing dead leaves and removing snow and ice from walkways and drive are easy and inexpensive ways to entice buyers during the winter months.

If you're unsure of what a home buyer is looking for, ask friends and neighbors for a fresh perspective, or take a picture from across the street and look at it carefully.

If you’re planning to buy or sell a home in Waretown, Barnegat, Manahawkin, Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton, Eagleswood or anywhere on Long Beach Island, let’s talk!  Put my experience in southern Ocean County, NJ to work for you!

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Keller Williams
Atlantic Shore
Laura Giannotta

Comment balloon 8 commentsLaura Giannotta • January 17 2009 08:59AM


Laura, thank you for your non-humor post. This is indeed a very good list for many realtors who understand real estate.

Posted by real estate real estate about 10 years ago


This is great information that all home sellers should follow! Sometimes it can be difficult to get the seller to do the things that will help their house sell faster and at a higher price. A seller that follows this list will definitely get their home sold faster than without doing those things.

Thanks for sharing this information with all the home sellers out there. Have a great weekend!

--Anne Rains


Posted by The Rains Team, A higher standard in real estate (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) about 10 years ago

Hi Laura:

You are SO right...great S-A-L-E information.

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Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) about 10 years ago

Laura...Curb appeal is so important.  It sets the mode for the rest of the showing!   I have had clients say...never mind...don't like it and we didn't even get in the drive way!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 10 years ago

Hi Laura,

Thanks for this post. Obviously the considerations aren't limited to the Jersey marketplace.

Happy weekend!

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi Laura

Your information is right on target and will help anyone who reads your blog. Also if a home is not ready for sale it won't sell.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 10 years ago

Laura, thank for providing some helpful tips here. Homeowners take as much as you can from this post. These will all help to sell your home that much faster.

Posted by David Width Jr. about 10 years ago

hey  thanks.  I enjoyed reading your post


Posted by D B, e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578 about 10 years ago