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Deciding If and When to List Your Home

Putting a home on the market is one of the most significant life decisions many of us will ever make. It has all kinds of implications—financial, social, geographic, and more—and it can often require months (sometimes years) of planning, prep, and consideration. It’s no wonder, so many homeowners hesitate to list their property.

There is a multitude of reasons why you might want to sell—upsizing, downsizing, relocating, liquidating a vacation or investment property asset, avoiding future financial or foreclosure issues. The more pressing the reason, the more motivated you’ll be. But the majority of us teeter between the desire to sell, and the uncertainty of what’s in store when we do.

What if your home sells quickly, and you don’t have a plan for your next purchase or rental? Will you be able to afford the repairs required to get your current house in selling shape? What about the closing costs—are you prepared to handle any unforeseen, additional costs that may come your way?

There is plenty of good news that can assuage some of those concerns. Here are several, straight from the experts at Jeff Cook:

  • We’re currently cruising through the best home-selling season. Hello, spring!
  • Based on data analysis, Zillow concluded that early- to mid-May is the absolute best period to sell.
  • Why?... Because those who sell during the first half of May can statistically expect a higher price ($2,400 on average) and a quicker sale than they would have gotten listing at another time of year.
  • With so many people moving to the Lowcountry and buying property, housing inventory is low. There aren’t enough homes on the market. Yep, that’s right—Charleston-area community members NEED you to sell (and they’re likely to sweeten the deal when you do as a result).

So if your anxiety reaches all-time high thinking about whether or not to sell (and when), consider these helpful facts. They could be the motivators you need to fix your place up, then list, show, and sell it quickly for the top asking price... And our agents make up the perfect team of experts to guide you along that journey. Call us today to see how we can help.

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