At some point every homeowner will need to sell their real estate property. And, of course, that means that complete strangers will be entering your home.
Think about that. You may be thinking about the features of your home or what to say and what not to say to your prospective buyer, while they may actually have devious intentions.
But let's face it - you have to sell your real estate, don't you? You can prevent becoming a victim with just a little bit of preparation.
When you list your real estate property, you really only start with two options:
- Show your own real estate
- Let a real estate agent sell it for you.
If you're hard set on selling your home yourself, then I probably haven't convinced you to hire a real estate agent. So, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Let neighbors know that you are selling your home yourself and ask them to keep an eye on things for you. Most neighbors won't mind a bit.
- Always say "by appointment only" in your listing or classified ad for your real estate. Don't allow people to just stop by when they want.
- Screen your potential buyers over the phone until you feel comfortable with letting them come into your home.
- If at all possible, try to have someone in the house with you such as a friend, a neighbor, spouse, etc.
- Always keep a cordless phone in your hand while the potential buyer is in your home.