Barriers to Selling a Santa Cruz Home

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 6:00pm.

The biggest barriers to selling your home are often those you create yourself by wanting a quick sale or not learning all there is to know about presenting your house to its best advantage.

When you first begin to think about selling your Santa Cruz home it seems easy. Put a sign on the lawn and list it. Once the shine wears off of the desire to do it all yourself, you might need some tips to help sell your home:

Clean It Up

That's the first and foremost advice. Nothing deters a real estate sale faster than a messy house. Living in your home while trying to sell it makes it difficult to keep it clean, but if you're serious about wanting to sell your home, it's worth the extra effort.  You may want to learn how to clean your home fast for those times when a buyer calls and wants to see your home in 15 minutes or less.

Take Good Pictures

Where do you think people search first for homes for sale?  Online.  Newspapers used to be the first place people looked for homes.  But now, approximately 80% of all home buyers look online before searching anywhere else. 

Due to cost and space limitations, newspapers usually display only one photo of the front view of the home.  On the internet, where space is abundant, buyers expect to see lots of exterior and interior pictures, in fact, the more the better. If you aren't experienced at getting good room photos that show off your Santa Cruz home to its best advantage, hire a photographer or a real estate agent who can do it for you.

Hold an Open House

Or several. Selling your home takes time. If you are busy and can't fit opening your home up to viewers into your schedule, you may want to list your home with a real estate agent who can do it for you. It's better to leave your home in the hands of a professional real estate agent so you aren't tempted to hover over buyers as they walk through. Hanging around discourages buyers from talking to each other about the qualities of your home and from taking the time to view and consider the true potential of your home.

There are pitfalls you can get tripped up on when selling your Santa Cruz home.  If you'd like to work with a real estate agent who can help you maneuver around those pitfalls, give me a call today at 831.662.6522 or email me at



Tips to help sell your home

How to clean your home fast

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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