You've likely seen a real estate reality TV show or two by now and started to form some assumptions about the way the buying and selling process goes. However, what you may not know, is that the real estate market differs greatly from what is shown in those thirty minute or one hour time slots. The process of buying or selling your Eastern Panhandle home may not look like what you've seen on TV and as your local real estate experts, Kable Team Realty is here to explain why.
Below are three ways that real estate reality TV shows differ from what goes on in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown and Charles Town:
Buyers Look at More Than Three Houses
One recurring theme throughout these real estate reality shows is that buyers only look at three properties during their home search. The average home buyer in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle looks at ten or more before they make a decision! Do not let yourself get into the mindset that you will find your dream property in the first place you see— it could happen, but more likely than not, you'll look at dozens before you decide on the one.
Home Selling Is Not a Quick Decision
When watching these shows, the sellers typically have a brief discussion about putting their home on the market and then make a quick decision to go ahead and list the property. The next thing you know, there is a For Sale sign in the yard! What Jefferson and Berkeley County home sellers should understand is that selling your home will take much preparation and research in order to set yourself up for success. Failing to do the necessary prep work and you could find your home sitting on the market for longer than you'd like or ending up settling for a price you are not happy with.
Sellers Don't Always Sell at the Open House
For home sellers, real estate reality shows make it seem that you will always sell at the open house. However, in some cases, you could have an open house or two without finding a buyer. The truth is that just as many homes sell in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown and Charles Town at regular listing appointments as they do at open houses.
Give the Kable Team a call today for more information about buying or selling your home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle! We have walked many buyers and sellers through this process and we're here to help you do the same!
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