Buying a home is often something that active service members try to avoid. With a potential PCS looming over their heads every two to four years, the idea of purchasing a home, and subsequently, selling a home can seem daunting.
However, there are many things that military sellers can do to make selling a home after a PCS easier and worry-free. The Colorado Springs real estate market is especially lucrative for sellers since the market is in desperate need of some new inventory.
Here are a few other tips for making a seamless PCS transition and selling your home:
Talk to Your VA Home Loan Center
Your local VA Home Loan Center can help if you are looking to make a quick sell of your home. Offerings such as the HAP Military Short Sale Avoidance Program is designed to help homeowners sell homes with less property value than the remaining mortgage balance. This program is offered at no extra cost and can help sellers by aggressively marketing the property and offering benefits and incentives for closing cost credits and more.
Understand How to Sell Your Home Quickly
The reality is that selling your home quickly may be different depending on the location you are located. In some cases, selling quickly may mean adding upgrades, while in other areas fixer-uppers do just fine. Talk to a real estate agent that knows the area well to find out what they suggest, to help you move your home quickly. Selling fast may also mean looking more closely at what offers you DO get. An offer from a buyer who is prequalified, or even better a cash buyer, may be more appealing than a higher-priced offer from a non-qualified buyer.
Seek The Assistance Of A Military Relocation Professional (MRP®)
Find an agent that specializes in selling homes for military personnel. They will understand what you need and be able to offer service that works with your unique situation. A real estate agent will also have a better understanding of the local market and be able to offer valuable advice.
Military personnel will want to work with an agent who knows their needs better than anyone. Agents with the Military Relocation Professional (MRP®) designation are qualified to help military home buyers, but sellers, too! They understand the processes and procedures pertaining to your situation and can connect you with any relavent resource you need.
It's All in the Marketing
Effectively marketing your home is the number one way to ensure a quick and easy sale. If all you do is put a sign on the lawn, you won't reach as many potential buyers. Writing high-quality copy for the advertisement, taking beautiful pictures, and promoting the property on numerous channels are just a few things you can do to effectively market the home. Using the Internet, newspapers, magazines, and the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) are some of the best ways to get your home seen by the right type of buyers.
When you list with the MilitaryHomeSearch.com team, your agent will take care of everything on your behalf. They'll competitively price the home, get professional photos taken to make the home stand out, and accurately list it on the MLS®. Our listings are expertly marketed online through paid and organic methods to ensure your home gets the exposure it needs to sell for top-dollar.
Every homeowner wants to make sure they get as much as possible for their homes when they sell. Choosing the right price is important in enticing buyers and getting the most profit. If you overprice the home, you may scare away potential buyers while an underpriced home may sell quickly without much profit for the seller. Fair market value is always the best option when it comes to pricing your home.
Fix It Up
Before selling, consider getting the home inspected and making any small value-adding renovations. Buyers will appreciate knowing what they are getting into before making the purchase.
Additionally, we recommend making your home look beautiful. This means cutting the grass, cleaning the windows, getting rid of any garbage on your property, as well as keeping the interior fresh and clean. Maintaining high curb appeal will give buyers a great impression of the home and help sell it more quickly.
Looking for help buying or selling a home after a PCS? Contact the Military Home Search in Colorado Springs today at 719-373-1906.
Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.