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Preparation is Key to Future Success

If you’re interested in searching for your dream home, or putting your home on the market this spring, the work you do right now can be critical to your success.

For home sellers and buyers, if you haven’t found a real estate agent to work with, you should start your search immediately.  With the internet and websites like, you can search and explore the biographies of hundreds of sales professionals in your area who specialize in various aspects of real estate sales and marketing.  Additionally, ask your neighbors and friends for recommendations. Search to see if they are active in social media and follow them online to get a feel for their personality.  After finding an agent who is right for you, there are a number of important tasks that should be accomplished right away. 

For home sellers, your agent will discuss a marketing and price positioning strategy to meet your sales goals and help you decide exactly when you should place your home on the market. You may find that placing your home on the market in late winter rather than early spring could be more advantageous in your area.  Your agent will use current sales and inventory data to track trends and develop a plan. Look to the right to see the data trends in those areas of most interest to you.

Your agent will also discuss curb appeal and advise you on which home improvement projects will be more lucrative and critical to meet your goals.  If your target is to list in the spring, then starting your interior enhancement projects right now will give you the time to work on the exterior during the warmer months. Of course your agent will be with you throughout the entire process to guide you on what you need to know.

While they may not have home improvement projects to complete, homebuyers still have plenty of homework to do before spring.  After selecting an agent,homebuyers shouldvisit real estate websites to find information on the latest tax credits, mortgage calculators, and the home buying process overall.   

Sellers are more likely to take your offer seriously if you have financing in place so start the qualification process now.  Your real estate agent can refer you to a reputable mortgage professional who can answer your questions and help you get started.

Additionally, use this time to hone in on your housing priorities such as number of bedrooms and proximity to services like schools and hospitals. Make sure to separate your must-haves from your nice to haves, so you know where you can compromise to meet your budget. Of course your real estate agent can help you navigate this entire process.

Spring is just around the corner so call a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage affiliated sales professional today and get ahead of your competition!