Handing keys to a homeowner after sale.

For a variety of reasons, there are times when someone may need to sell their home quickly. If that's you, you may feel a little stressed about how you're going to get it done. But getting a fast sale is possible! The trusted real estate experts at Chatham Homes Realty have experience with getting homeowners a quick sale that leaves everyone happy. Here are our top tips to help you go from "listed" to "sold" in record time. 

Price It To Sell

The most important step for a speedy sale is to price your home right. While you obviously don't want to undervalue the property, a modest reduction in the asking price can expand the number of buyers who are interested in your home. Having a firm, slightly lower asking price can save time by increasing buyer interest and eliminating back-and-forth offers.

Make Your Home Picture Perfect 

The goal is to have your home look move-in ready. Research shows that outdoor spaces, such as the yard and deck, go a long way toward making a property seem appealing to buyers. It's worth the time and money to spruce up the exterior. 

Consider painting things that look worn, such as the front door or trim or changing hardware, such as door knobs which can also refresh the look. Another important feature is the path from the curb to your front door - make sure it's tidy and attractive, to literally welcome visitors inside.

Depersonalize, Declutter, and Clean

A lived-in home is usually a little comfortably cluttered. Our belongings are a reflection of who we are, and it's natural to surround ourselves with the things that make us feel at home. 

But when you're showing a house, you want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in the space. To make that possible, you'll want to remove as many items that reflect your personal style as you can. Pack away kids' art projects, a majority of family pictures that are on your shelves, knick-knacks, and the general clutter of life. 

It's a good idea to look at your furniture as well. For example, having a lot of seating available may be important to you, but removing a few chairs could open up the space and make the room feel easier to navigate for potential buyers. 

Naturally, you should make an extra effort to ensure the home is spic-and-span. A thorough cleaning will make people feel more relaxed and at ease in the space. 

Find The Right Real Estate Agent 

It's important to work with a professional who has the experience you need to make the process run smoothly. Find a real estate agent who will listen to you and keep your priorities in mind. The professionals at Chatham Homes Realty can be trusted to do everything possible to see that you get what you need and respect your timeframe.

Sell-Fast Options You Should Avoid 

There are a few options that people recommend when you need to sell a home quickly. Although these approaches may work for some people, we don't recommend them. Let’s explore strategies we advise homeowners to stay away from, and why they might not work for you. 

Short Sale

A short sale means that you have an agreement with your lender to sell your home for less than you owe on it. But even if you are able to quickly find someone to buy your home, these sales usually take more time to finalize, making it take more time to get to the closing.

For Sale By Owner (FSBO)

Selling your home without the help of an agent is generally more hassle than it looks. Of the 10% of sellers that choose this option, about half of them already have a buyer lined up. If that isn't you, it may take much more time than you expect to market your house.


Auctions are a gamble when you're selling a home. This could be a fast way to get a sale, but it isn't guaranteed. You also don't have much say in the final price, and the auction expenses can be higher than typical real estate agent commissions. On top of this, you'll still be responsible for auction fees even if you don't find a buyer.

Contact Chatham Homes Realty to Find Your Dream Home in Lee County!

If you're looking for a home or need to sell yours as soon as possible, we invite you to contact us at Chatham Homes Realty. Our agents are ready to help you with all your real estate needs.


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