Getting Ready to Sell

Thinking of selling in 2017?

Spring is upon us and as many of you know once the days start getting longer and the snow starts melting we Alaskans get motivated! Statistically more homes come on the market in the summer months. Kids are out of school and the daylight and warmer temps have sellers ready to list!

When should I list?

Anchorage inventory rose 53% between March and June in 2016.  Our team recommends listing your home in the months of March and April.  The goal is to stay ahead of the competition and avoid the increase of inventory that summer brings. Less competition means more available buyers to look at your home.  

staged home view from above

Why should I stage?

Sellers often struggle with this concept. During our consult we’ll give you suggestions on furniture placement, organization, suggestions for carpet/paint if necessary. Staging is a great way for buyers to visualize how a home will work for them. We recommend staging when a seller’s home has some unique or empty spaces that might present a challenge for buyers.

Words to the Wise

Beware of Rental Scams

Recently we’ve seen an increase with vacant homes being the victim of rental scams where people look for vacant homes on the market and try to solicit tenants. We have been fortunate to minimize these events as we add “This home is not for lease” in our postings on Craigslist, MLS, and our other marketing.

Bigger Market Picture

As employees at BP, Conoco, Caelus Energy and other oil companies well know, the market is often largely impacted by the Ups and Downs of Oil Industry Jobs. More detail on the current fluctuation in the industry can be found with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

If you are thinking of selling your home call us, 907-242-9282, for a complimentary market analysis. Our team would love the opportunity to help you sell in 2017!
Graph shows Anchorage Residential Listings (not including Condos and Mobiles) with new home listings rising to 500 in March (up from 200 in January) with a sharper spike in 2016 than 2015. For pending listings, the high points in 2015 were April at 350 and  a rounder curve in 2016 with June at the peak at 330. Lowest pending below 200 in December for both years. The sold line, like the pending line is more jagged in 2015 and rounder in 2016 with similar highs and lows.
List your home early and get ahead of the rush!