Welcome to Laura Huntley Real Estate. If you are selling a home in the Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, I would love to be your trusted guide. On my site, you can learn about me and my experience as well as search for houses for sale.  I specialize in selling luxury homes.  You have discriminating taste and so do the buyers for your home.  I understand that.

Our area (RDU) is generally in a seller’s market. Selling homes can be rather quick. However, a well thought out strategy is important to ensure you get top value for your home. Here are some things to know when selling homes in RDU.

Homes in RDU Selling Tips from Laura

Timing is Everything

Listing your home around the holidays can work in your favor. Serious buyers are not afraid to brave the weather to see homes. They are in good spirits. They are indoors and online viewing homes. There is also less competition, as many sellers are reluctant to list during the holidays. Spring, often thought of as the best season, is also the time with the most inventory. This means more competition. If you need to sell in spring for an easy transition outside of the school term, make your home stand out from the rest.

By listing your home for sale on a Wednesday, you can make it available immediately for weekend showings. On Saturday – the busiest day for real estate – your home will have been on sale for two days. This is great for attracting full-price offers. In general, the less time your home remains on the market, the higher the offer you’ll receive.

Consult with Me Before Making Updates

You know your home well, and you’ve got a special connection to it. Having a keen eye and expert knowledge of the market, I’ll give you objective, honest feedback to help you find opportunities to add value.

Every buyer wants a move-in ready home. But few homes are really move-in ready. If you’ve lived in your property a short time or 20 years, there’s going to be normal wear. If you’ve made any updates, those might be beneficial. It depends on when and how well they were done.

What Updates are Worth Doing?

So, is it worth it to replace flooring or paint every room? Update light fixtures, or replace countertops? The quick answer is maybe. It’s going to depend on your budget and what the expected return would be on that investment.

Every property is unique. There are many factors that can impact how quickly a property sells. That’s why when you decide to sell, connect with me well in advance. I can help you decide what’s worth doing, and potentially save you money with low cost or DIY renovations.  Armed with a team of dependable and affordable contractors, I will provide resources for any larger projects.

Preparing your Home for Sale

Every home needs to be prepared for sale. This includes de-cluttering, staging, professional photography, and marketing. These are critical steps shown to increase the final price. Even the most beautiful, high-end homes still benefit from staging and professional photos. Staging and photos create an experience for your prospective buyer to see themselves living in the home. They don’t want to see your home; they want to envision their life in the space.  My team will assist in streamlining this process for you, so you don’t need to stress about it.

Don’t Go It Alone

Homes for sale by owner usually are more stressful. Based on recent studies, often result in a price as much as 20% less than homes sold with a real estate agent.  As an experienced Raleigh REALTOR®, I have specialized skills in how to price, market, and expose your home to a larger pool of potential buyers.

Imagine Handling Multiple Showings and Offers?

Let me help negotiate the best deal for you and handle any challenges related to inspections, financing, or closing so you reach the finish line. As a REALTOR, I can list properties via MLS, which isn’t an option to most “for sale by owner” homes.  Your home will be targeted to the right prospective buyers through social media and featured on my website. I will also promote your home through networking, mailings, and by connecting directly with agents who have buyers in your price range and location.

Ready to Make the Next Step in Selling your Home in Raleigh?

Selling your home is a big step. Whether you’re ready to downsize, upsize, or relocate, work with someone you can trust. Connect with me today to learn how I can sell your quickly and for at top value.  Your satisfaction is my top priority.

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