If you are ready to sell your Overland Park home or condo, you have to decide on the value of your home and what the right listing price should be. This can be a daunting task for most people unless they sold Ajax real estate in a past life. You can do things on your own, of course, but that's a lot of work and your personal feelings make you run the risk of over pricing your home and sabotaging the sale. An Overland Park real estate agent can help you with friendly advice and a practiced eye for home valuations. However, if you're determined, here are some ways to get an idea what your home's value might be.
Look at Similar Listings
One of the most common ways to price your home without resorting to professional assistance is to compare your home with other homes that are for sale. The key is to look as close to home as possible. Brampton houses are no good to you, because Ontario's market is vastly different from Kansas. You'll want homes in your neighborhood, or even your own street that are the same approximate square-footage as yours. Features such as yard size, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, pools, decks, garages or fireplaces should also be taken into consideration.
Look at Real Estate Statistics
Looking at the listings in your area will give you an idea of what others in your area are asking for their homes, but how to you know they're any better at pricing than you are? You don't, which is why you should also look at the real estate statistics for your area. The MLS network used by realtors is an excellent place to start because it has real estate statistics for towns and cities in the USA and Canada, from what the final selling price of that condo down the street from you was to the number of people last month who put up a house for sale. Oshawa to Overland, the MLS has it all.
If you're going to guess at a price, the general wisdom is that it's better to under price your home than over price it. Though you can lower the price later if you're not getting any interest, the damage will have been done. Buyers will look at your listing once and eliminate it in their minds, perhaps moving on to looking at Mississauga condos in Toronto because Overland Park is too expensive. If you under price your home you will appear on more people's radar screens, which may lead to more offers which can drive up the price in your favor. Even if it doesn't, you can always reject offers that you deem too low.
Get an Appraisal
If you're not having any luck with the above methods or you're one of those people that like to do things right the first time, you can have your home professionally appraised. Appraisers are general experts, usually as good at pricing Mississauga homes for sale as homes in their own town. They take into account your home's condition and the current market conditions and arrive at a figure that is both reasonable to a buyer and beneficial to yourself.