It’s an exciting time right now in the Greater Phoenix area as we begin to approach the summer months and all of the outdoor activities that are waiting to be enjoyed.  Living in the Greater Phoenix areas of Sun City, Avondale, Scottsdale, El Mirage, Buckeye and the other surrounding communities means being in the center of it all, which is what draws many to buy a home in these great areas!

This time of year is also a vibrant time for us as Greater Phoenix Real Estate agents as the Greater Phoenix Real Estate market is buzzing with activity.  You’ve probably noticed “for sale” signs in front of homes or have friends and family who have recently bought a home in the area.  While many reports show that the national housing market is still leaning in the buyer’s favor due to low home prices and historically low mortgage rates, selling your Greater Phoenix home is not impossible, as some might think.

If you have been considering putting your home on the market; rest assured that now is a great time to do so.  The market activity means that many potential buyers are currently looking for their new home and your chances of catching a buyer’s eye this spring season are greatly increased.  Maybe you’ve already put your home up for sale and are wondering what you can do to help with the sale of you home. 

Having consistent open houses is a key ingredient for getting your Greater Phoenix area home sold!  Below are 6 great tips for ensuring you have a successful open house, which can easily translate into selling your home!

1. Make it Generic- It’s great to make your home personal; however your pictures, children’s art or your “to do” list on the refrigerator can be a large distraction to potential buyers.  They need to be able to envision themselves in your home, so putting away those personal items will help buyers picture their life in your Greater Phoenix home.

2. Clear Counters- Look at your kitchen or bathroom counters from an outsiders viewpoint.  Do you have too many appliances cluttering your kitchen counter?  Clearing this space will make there appear to be more room for cooking or their own storage.  If your bathroom counters are filled with perfumes, toothbrush holders, etc… take time to put them in cabinets or drawers so buyers can see the actual size of the space.

3. Set the Table- This may not seem necessary, but having your dining room table set with nice place settings add a touch of class and can help the Greater Phoenix buyer envision hosting their own dinner parties.

4. First Impressions- Believe it or not, a nice doormat or attractive porch can really set the tone for the entire open house.  If there’s an old doormat, chipped paint or nothing special about the entrance to your home, buyers may feel that you don’t really care.  A welcoming setting from the start will instantly let buyers know that your home is well-maintained and that each area of your home is cared for.

5. Get to the Heart- The best way to appeal to the buyers’ heart is through offering something special when they walk in the door.  Whether you bake fresh cookies, have coffee or lemonade for them on your counter, these added touches will set your home apart.  Lighting a mildly scented candle and having your home appropriately heated for the day’s weather can make your home instantly feel comfortable to the Greater Phoenix home buyer.

6. Don’t Stick Around- While it may be tempting to want to hear what the potential buyers have to say, it can be awkward when the seller is present.  They will feel that they can’t openly express their thoughts to the agent and will not feel as comfortable when looking through the home.  Even if you take a walk through the neighborhood, being away from the home during an open house can make all the difference.

Our experience with open houses as Greater Phoenix Real Estate agents has given us great insight into what works and what doesn’t.  We hope these tips are helpful as you continue in the process of selling your home!  If you have been considering selling your home, but have questions about the Greater Phoenix Real Estate market or have not yet found a real estate agent in the Greater Phoenix area; please let us know!  We would be happy to meet with you and walk with you through each step of the home selling process

Feel free to contact us today!

The Russo Team
Greater Phoenix Real Estate Experts

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