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Selling for the first time

By Heather Mellican

Selling your home can always be a daunting experience, especially if it is your first time. Whatever the reason for selling, emotions, money and plenty of big decisions will be part of the process. Here are some ways to get through selling your home for the first time.

Be picky: Don’t be afraid to take the time to find the right agent for you. Ensure you are comfortable with them and they understand your need.

Don’t be intimidated: Use real estate professionals to your advantage and use your resources. The Real Estate Institute of Australia provides a free fact sheet for first time sellers and your chosen real estate agent will help you through the process.

Ask for help: Get first hand stories from friends, family and agents on the sale process. This will give you an idea of what to expect.

Open homes: Visit open homes in your area to get an idea of where your house stands. Visit properties that are similar to yours in size and condition to see how your property compares. Take note of how properties are presented to get some inspiration.

Get sale ready: A fresh coat of paint or tidy of the garden can go a long way.

Be realistic: When offers start rolling in, don’t let your emotions cloud your judgement. Don’t feel pressured to jump at the first offer and have realistic expectations of offers you may receive based on your research and real estate agent’s knowledge of the market.

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