Kathy Wilfert - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


What happens if you receive an offer on your home that fails to meet your expectations? Ultimately, you may want to decline the offer. But before you do, there are several questions you'll want to consider, including:

1. Is the offer "fair"?

Let's face it – one home seller's definition of a "fair" offer may differ from another's. However, an informed home seller will be able to differentiate a "lowball" offer from a strong proposal.

A lowball offer typically fails to account for a home's condition and the current state of the housing market. As such, this proposal may fall far below a home seller's initial asking price.

On the other hand, a strong proposal may meet or surpass a home seller's initial asking price. This offer likely accounts for a home's strengths and weaknesses, along with the needs of a both the homebuyer and home seller.

2. Are there any other offers on the table?

If you receive an offer on your home, you'll probably have one to two days to decide how to proceed. And if you have multiple offers in hand, you likely have a lot to think about in a short period of time.

In some cases, the best offer is not necessarily the highest offer, and for good reason.

For instance, a homebuyer may submit an offer on a home that exceeds a home seller's initial asking price. But if this homebuyer has not been pre-approved for a mortgage, he or she likely will need to obtain financing to proceed with a home purchase.

Conversely, a homebuyer who has been pre-approved for a mortgage knows exactly how much money is at his or her disposal. When this homebuyer submits an offer, he or she may be better equipped than other homebuyers to acquire a residence.

3. Can I afford to be patient?

Consider your timeline as you debate whether to decline an offer.

If you're in no rush to sell your home, you can afford to be patient with offers on your house. Or, if you want to relocate to a new address as soon as possible, you should price your home aggressively from the get-go.

4. If I decline an offer, what will happen next?

After you decline an offer on your home, the homebuyer has the option to submit a new proposal or move on to other houses.

As a home seller, it is important to take an informed approach to home offers. With a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble making the best decisions on any proposals.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market and can help you evaluate all offers on your residence. He or she can provide you with honest, unbiased real estate recommendations and ensure you can get the best results during the home selling journey.

Collaborate with a real estate agent – you'll be glad you did. A real estate agent will enable you to evaluate home proposals and maximize the value of your house.


As a home seller, you'll want to do whatever you can to prepare your residence for an open house. By doing so, you can transform your ordinary home into an exceptional one, thereby increasing the likelihood of making an unforgettable first impression on large groups of open house guests.

What does it take to get a residence ready for an open house? Here are three tips to help you update your home, and ultimately, host a memorable open house.

1. Declutter Your Home as Much as Possible

If your hallways, bedrooms and other home areas are loaded with clutter, now is the perfect time to get rid of various unnecessary items. That way, you can show off the true size and beauty of your living space.

For those who have antiques, photographs and other items they want to keep, it may be worthwhile to rent a storage unit. Or, friends and family members may be able to hold on to some of your belongings until you sell your house.

On the other hand, if there are items you need to eliminate immediately, you can always host a yard sale or list items online. You may be able to donate items that are in good condition to local charities as well.

2. Perform Home Exterior Maintenance

Let's face it – no one wants to buy a home with a messy front lawn or cracked siding. However, a home seller who allocates the necessary time and resources to identify home exterior issues can resolve such problems without delay.

Spend some time evaluating your house's exterior – you'll be glad you did. With a close look at your home's exterior, you can establish home maintenance priorities.

Then, get to work. Perform all necessary home exterior repairs, and you can boost your home's chances of making a positive first impression on homebuyers who visit during an open house.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to preparing for an open house, there's a lot to consider. Fortunately, a real estate agent can help you keep things in perspective and ensure your open house is an instant success.

A real estate agent will teach you everything you need to know about an open house. He or she will offer expert tips to help you get your residence ready for an open house, along with provide insights into what you should expect following the event's completion.

Of course, a real estate agent is happy to help you at each stage of the home selling journey too. This housing market professional will do whatever it takes to help you list a home, price it accordingly and promote it to the right groups of homebuyers consistently.

Make your open house a joyous occasion for both you and potential homebuyers. Use the aforementioned tips, and a home seller can revamp a house's interior and exterior and ensure a residence makes a long-lasting impression on homebuyers.


Ultimately, the amount of money an individual requires during the home selling journey varies. If you intend to sell a house, it often is a good idea to plan ahead for any expenses you may encounter along the way. Because if you fail to account for potential house selling costs, you may struggle to seamlessly navigate the property selling journey.

Now, let's take a look at three of the most common home selling expenses.

1. Home Cleaning

Regardless of whether you decide to clean your house on your own or hire a professional, house cleaning costs can add up quickly. If you prepare for home cleaning expenses, however, you can keep your residence neat and tidy without breaking your budget.

Oftentimes, it helps to make a list of the areas of your home that require extensive cleaning. You then can establish home cleaning priorities, make a list of the cleaning supplies you will need and clean your residence accordingly.

If you decide to hire a professional cleaning company, be sure to shop around. Professional cleaning companies are available in cities and towns nationwide, and if you conduct an in-depth search, you can find a cleaning provider that offers a great blend of convenience and affordability.

2. Home Repairs

Cracked or damaged home siding, a faulty water heater or other house problems are unlikely to do you any favors during the property selling journey. If you put aside funds to address such issues, you can upgrade your residence before you list it.

It may be beneficial to conduct a home inspection prior to adding your house to the real estate market. During an inspection, a home expert will analyze your residence and identify any underlying property issues. You next can use a home inspection report to determine which house repairs need to be completed right away.

Keep in mind that some home repairs are simple, and as such, you may be able to complete them on your own. Conversely, for complex home repairs, you should enlist professional support. Although you will need to pay to hire a home improvement professional, this individual can help you quickly and safely upgrade your residence.

3. Lawn Care

How your lawn looks to potential buyers is crucial, particularly for those who want to enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience. If your lawn is freshly cut and weed-free, you could help your house stand out to dozens of prospective buyers.

In many instances, home sellers can mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other lawn care tasks on their own. This enables sellers to avoid the costs associated with hiring lawn care professionals.

If you prefer to hire lawn care professionals, be thorough. Request client referrals, and you can find out what it is like to work with a particular lawn care professional before you make your hiring decision.

Lastly, as you prepare for the home selling journey, you may want to hire a real estate agent. If you have a real estate agent at your side, you can plan ahead for all aspects of the house selling journey.


When it comes to selling a house, there is no reason to operate as a "basic" home seller. Instead, you can become a "responsive" home seller, i.e. someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to get the best price for his or house.

Ultimately, becoming a responsive home seller may be easier than you think – here are three tips to ensure you can enter the real estate market as a responsive home seller.

1. Track Housing Market Patterns and Trends

As a responsive home seller, you'll want to monitor the real estate market closely. By doing so, you'll be better equipped than other property sellers to identify housing market trends and respond accordingly.

For example, if you notice a large collection of available houses and a shortage of property buyers, this likely indicates a buyer's market reigns supreme. In this market, you may face steep competition as you try to sell your house.

On the other hand, if you find that many high-quality residences are selling quickly, a seller's market may be in place. And in a seller's market, you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a fast, seamless home selling process.

A responsive home seller will be able to differentiate between a buyer's and seller's market. Then, this home seller can map out his or her home selling journey accordingly.

2. Remain Open to New Ideas

Selling a home often requires plenty of persistence and hard work. For responsive home sellers, it also requires flexibility and patience.

Typically, a responsive home seller will be happy to listen and respond to past home sellers' advice. This home seller will be open to learning from past home sellers' successes and failures and using their insights to make informed home selling decisions.

For those who want to become responsive home sellers, feel free to reach out to family members and friends who have sold houses in the past. This will enable you to gain deep insights into the home selling process that you might struggle to obtain elsewhere.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

With a real estate agent at his or her side, an ordinary home seller can become a responsive property seller in no time at all.

A real estate agent will communicate with a home seller throughout each stage of the home selling cycle. Meanwhile, a responsive home seller will listen to this housing market professional and work with him or her to achieve the optimal results.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will be available to respond to a home seller's concerns and queries. At the same time, a responsive home seller will be ready to collaborate with a real estate agent via phone calls, emails and texts.

Use the aforementioned tips to become a responsive home seller – you'll be happy you did. Responsive home sellers may be more likely than other property sellers to seamlessly navigate the home selling cycle and maximize the value of their residences.


A successful home seller knows exactly what it takes to list a residence and maximize its value, regardless of the current real estate market's conditions. In fact, a successful home seller displays many attributes, such as:

1. Empathy

If a home seller can step into a homebuyer's shoes, he or she may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a successful home selling experience. Thus, empathy may play a key role in your ability to quickly sell your house and receive the best price for it.

When it comes to analyzing the buyer's perspective, it generally helps to conduct a home inspection. That way, you can receive insights into any underlying home issues and address these problems accordingly.

Furthermore, an empathetic home seller may be more likely than others to conduct a home appraisal. With a home appraisal report in hand, a home seller can use a data-based property valuation to establish a competitive home price.

2. Diligence

A successful home seller will do everything possible to achieve the optimal results throughout the home selling journey. As such, this individual is diligent and allocates the necessary time and resources to learn what it takes to sell a house.

Typically, a successful home seller will work with a real estate agent, and for good reason. A real estate agent can provide expert insights into the housing market and help a seller get his or her residence ready to sell. Then, a real estate agent can offer comprehensive recommendations and tips to ensure a home seller can succeed.

3. Patience

Patience is a virtue that no successful home seller can live without. If a home seller displays patience, he or she may be able to address various home selling challenges with ease.

For example, a patient home seller understands that the housing market frequently fluctuates, and a seller's market today may transform into a buyer's market tomorrow. This seller also may realize that there is no guarantee that his or her house will sell as soon as it becomes available. Yet a patient home seller is prepared to deal with the uncertainty surrounding the real estate market and will remain calm, cool and collected, even in tough times.

Selling a home may prove to be a long, arduous process, particularly for those who are unprepared to deal with potential challenges throughout the home selling journey. Luckily, real estate agents are available who can assist you as the home selling journey moves forward.

A real estate agent can help a home seller list a residence and showcase it to the right groups of buyers. Plus, a real estate agent is happy to help a home seller alleviate stress during the home selling journey and ensure this individual can succeed in any housing market, at any time.

Want to succeed as a home seller? Reach out to a local real estate agent, and you can get the support you need to thrive throughout the home selling journey.




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