As an accredited home staging professional and RESA PRO®, I consider the various HGTV shows about selling your home -- "professional development."
My favorite - The Stagers featuring Matthew Finlason, is STILL the best of them. In 30 minutes, the viewer quickly sees how real estate staging can create the impact necessary to truly transform a property, portraying a lifestyle that home buyers aspire to. Staging, in this still very uncertain market, will be your most effective marketing tool in selling your home faster and for more money.
Let's face it -- it continues to be a "buyer's market" with lots of inventory EVERYWHERE! If planned right, however, it can also be a seller's market with a little research, foresight and the help of a knowledgeable real estate agent who will recommend you to a real estate staging expert BEFORE you put your home on the market.
If you can't wait for the market to improve before selling
your home, you need to follow a few basic rules:
If you are brave enough to be a seller in this buyer's market, besides staging your home, careful research and knowing your market, inside and out is most important. These will be the best tools you have to set yourself apart from your competition and look forward to a successful sale. Check with the Office of Federal Housing Finance Agency to learn more about house price appreciation trends in 275 markets http://www.fhfa.gov.