Nestled in the charming suburb of Boston, Dedham, Massachusetts
, is a picturesque haven teeming with lush forests, rivers and serene meadows. Surprisingly urban, Dedham boasts abundant nature trails waiting to be explored.
The bustling outdoor shopping hub, Legacy Place, attracts visitors from near and far. Dedham Square comes alive with seasonal farmers' markets and live music events while being home to an enticing array of shops and eateries all year round.
Strolling through the town's delightful neighborhoods reveals a blend of architectural masterpieces, including some historic Colonials. Dedham's rich heritage is proudly showcased in the Fairbanks House - the oldest surviving timber-frame building in the country.
Tips for preparing your home to sell
Are you looking to sell your Dedham home and get the highest return on your investment? Let us help you achieve that goal by getting your home sale-ready. Elena Price's team of seasoned real estate agents knows the ins and outs of the local market, offering invaluable insights and expertise to draw in those eager buyers. With our guidance, you can stage your home like a pro, perform any necessary repairs or upgrades, and nail down the perfect price to maximize your earnings.
Qualities to look for in your real estate agent
You'll find a whopping 8,000 licensed real estate agents in the Boston area! Feeling overwhelmed? Don't worry; it's like unraveling a ball of yarn. Let your neighborhood be your guide. Keep an eye out for any for sale signs nearby, or do an online search for homes for sale in your neighborhood. Agents promoting those homes know the benefits of your community and will passionately promote it for you.
When you've shortlisted a few agents, interview at least three of them. Engage in a conversation about their experience, particularly regarding similar properties. Learn how many homes they've successfully sold in the past year and get a feel for their typical workload. Ask about their approach to pricing your home and handling negotiations when offers come through. They should also be able to paint a realistic picture of the sales timeline and understand your local market's current conditions.
Demystifying your home's value
The value of your home is affected by its location, size, condition, and current economy. A roomy neighborhood boasting an excellent school district may yield higher property values compared to packed urban areas. Your home's age takes a backseat to its condition — a beautifully updated historic Colonial residence may fetch a heftier sum than a newer counterpart needing repairs. The state of the real estate market — whether it favors buyers or sellers — also influences the final price and how long your home stays on the market. To price your home correctly, you will need the data and expertise of an experienced agent.
If your home buyer uses a loan, the lender will require an appraisal. Feeling uneasy about the appraisal falling short of your home's selling price? You can get it appraised beforehand to secure the value. This step becomes especially crucial when your property is unique, making it difficult to find similar sales data nearby. Take a historic house, for instance – you can't compare it to other historic homes with matching features, leaving you with insufficient data to determine the fair market price.
Boosting your property's value
Feeling disappointed by your home's current value? Worry not, as there are plenty of upgrades to boost its worth! Start by adding a pop of freshness with a coat of paint – it makes all the difference in the world. Don't forget about chic modernizations, like updated lighting, sleek hardware, and state-of-the-art appliances. And what about those tired floors? Refinishing the wood or swapping out the old carpet can be an instant game-changer. If you're craving a dramatic increase in value, consider a minor kitchen or bathroom renovation. Let your home's potential shine!
Timing is everything
House hunting takes place all year round
, but did you know there are specific times that could score you a better deal? Try listing your home on a Thursday or Friday - this way, you'll be front and center in buyers' search results, just in time for weekend home tours. Keep in mind that during spring and summer, the real estate market really heats up! Be ready to seize the opportunity of multiple offers and a quicker sale during these bustling months.
From cluttered to captivating
Speaking of those buyers' search results, you need eye-catching, professional photographs showcasing a well-maintained home to make your home stand out in a sea of search results. In today's real estate landscape, top-notch photos are indispensable as buyers rely on digital listings to narrow their choices. With so many properties vying for attention, good visuals can set your home apart from the rest. Remember, a single image can speak volumes – and in the realm of real estate, it could translate to financial gain.
A smooth selling experience
Selling real estate can be both time-consuming and rewarding, paving the way for thrilling new ventures in your life. So, let the eagerness to enter a fresh chapter fuel your determination, but make sure you complete all crucial steps. Promoting your home to a large audience, attracting qualified buyers for showings, and negotiating for your best terms will yield better results and more money in your pocket than rushing the process.
The art of marketing your property
Your agent will employ a variety of strategies to promote your home to prospective buyers. Still, the key is getting it listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) - the ultimate platform for available properties that connect agents nationwide. Imagine your home catching the eye of someone relocating from the East Coast or the Southwest!
How to attract more buyers
While it is more common now for someone to purchase a home without ever seeing it in person, it's still rare, so you will need to be ready for showings and possibly an open house. These in-person experiences are crucial for buyers to get a true feel for the property and determine if it meets their needs and preferences. Additionally, attending these showings allows buyers to ask questions, explore the neighborhood, and size up the home's overall state. That being said, having a virtual tour ready is also a wise move, particularly for those relocating from afar or unable to visit homes promptly in-person.
From prep to sold
Meet Elena Price
, an award-winning real estate agent featured on HGTV and other national media channels. Catering to buyers and sellers both locally in Boston and internationally, Elena is here to turn your Dedham real estate dreams into reality. Book an interview with Elena today
and find out how she can guide you through selling your Dedham home.