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Slow Markets and Charlotte Homes - Bring the Two Together - Close the Sale

Slow Markets and Charlotte Homes - Bring the Two Together - Close the Sale

Today’s slow real estate market can be a difficult time to sell Charlotte homes.  However, the fact remains that homes are still being bought and sold every day.   Buyers are out there; your mission is to attract them to your home.

Here are a few tips for getting Charlotte homes sold in a slow real estate market: 

Set the stage for selling your Charlotte HomePrepararation - Your home needs to stand out from the rest, including sparkle and shine:

    •    Make minor repairs:  Patch holes, fix faucets and replace cracked tiles.
    •    Clean thoroughly inside and out:  Including cobwebs, dirty carpets, worn rugs and getting rid of any smelly odors.
    •    Check your curb appeal:  Mow the lawn, plant flowers, trim bushes, etc.
    •    Remove clutter and de-personalize:  If it isn’t essential, pack it up or get rid of it, keeping in mind that eventually, when your home sells, you’re going to have to pack it up anyway!
    •    Straighten your cabinets and closets:  Buyers will open them; make sure they’re nice and neat.

Staging -  Hire a professional home stager or if money is tight, read informational home staging articles on doing it yourself. Here are a few quick tips:

Staging is imperative   

    •    Carefully choose your window coverings, or eliminate them.
    •    Tie new bathroom towels with ribbons or cording for a polished bathroom look.
    •    Use colors to bring out the appeal in the room.
    •    Don’t forget the plants.

Get it sold marketingGood Marketing Techniques - A strong marketing campaign is a must.  A few techniques you want to be sure you or your agent includes in your marketing campaign are:

   •    Take photographs with good lighting that show off the positive aspects of your home.  If you or your agent aren’t ‘into’ photography, hire a professional--well worth the money you will spend to showcase your home online.

    •    Create a virtual tour that showcases both the inside and outside of your home.
    •    Display the photos and virtual tour on as many real estate websites as possible. 

Selling Charlotte homes isn’t a quick or easy endeavor, especially now.  Aggressive marketers are the winners.  Taking the time to clean and stage your home, as well as create a far-reaching marketing campaign, can get that for SOLD sign displayed much quicker.

If you’d like to sell your home, let me create a strong, far-reaching marketing campaign to get your home SOLD.   Give me a call email me today.

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Comment balloon 20 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • September 25 2010 10:58PM


A nice post full of great suggestions.  It is so important that sellers prepare their homes for sale so they can sell more quickly.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

Debe - This is a really nice post.  I have to think that anyone reading your post who is thinking of selling their home must be thanking you right now!  Well, actually they are probably calling you right now.  You do a terrific job at helping home owners and homebuyers complete their transactions!

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) over 9 years ago


In any market condition their are sellers who want to sell and buyers who want to buy. Our role is to put them together. It's not the market that creates success it our attitude and our efforts that makes the differences.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 9 years ago

Joan:  Thank you!  You have to have every piece of the puzzle in this market, that's for SURE!

Nevin:  Well, thank you!  I hope my phone doesn't ring right now--it's after midnight here!!  LOL

Lou:  That's SO true!  I think agents go in with the 'Okay, we'll see what we can do' attitude and it doesn't work that way!  (Love the new photo too!)

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 9 years ago

Great suggestions, Debe! Plus, I love the brochure you show in your post of Another Lucky Buyer, Another Happy Seller!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Debe - definitely great tips for anyone who intends to put their house on the market and wants to get it sold quickly - whether in Charlotte or anywhere else.  Your best tip "Clean thoroughly inside and out:  Including cobwebs, dirty carpets, worn rugs and getting rid of any smelly odors"  is one that should be obvious, but sadly often isn't.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 9 years ago

Good tips if we could get all sellers to just do these basic things we'd be selling more property...of that I'm certain.

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) over 9 years ago

Hi Debe... I suspect that these recommendations apply in many markets these days!  Great guidance!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

It is always the basics that get the job done no matter where the market.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 9 years ago

Good morning Debe,

Whether the market is slow or if it is brisk these are tips every seller should adhere to! Your guidance and attention to detail helps your clients through the process and ends with a happy closing!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 9 years ago


In this market we can't take anything for granted. All of those obvious repairs need to be made ahead of time and the place has to sparkle. 


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 9 years ago

In a slow market, preparation and presentation mean more than ever.  One must show the value of their home as compared to the others.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 9 years ago

Debe, so true and if they are thinking of a flooring allowance, just go ahead and replace the carpet... had an underwriter reject a flooring estimate recently.


Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) over 9 years ago

Hi Debe, this is a wonderful post for those thinking of selling a home.Those is Charlotte North Carolina are lucky to have you in their corner! I always remind homeowners they control three very important aspects of getting a SOLD SIGN in the front yard. The homeowner controls, Price, Terms and Condition. The listing agent controls Marketing, Interpretation of Market Conditions and Negotiations. Working together we achieve RESULTS!

Posted by Peggy James, Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates) over 9 years ago

Debe, great tips for getting a home sold in any market. I like your "Another Lucky Buyer. . .  ." flyer.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 9 years ago

Hi Debe, nice angle.

Sellers do need a strong marketing presence, be everywhere, with the right data.

Of course you are the best!!

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Great post, Debe!  I'm amazed at how many sellers don't want to spend the minor amount of money it takes to spruce up a home and stage it to sell.  Simply amazed!  Great ideas for sellers!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) over 9 years ago

A good agent can highlight your home and bring attention to it, even in a slower market.  Debe, you put together awesome photos, videos, and much more for all your clients, very impressive!

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) over 9 years ago

Well said my friend!  And you are so right Debe!  Your tips and advice hold up in any market...  it's no wonder you are top in in your Charlotte market...  You do things right!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 9 years ago



This is a wonderful post.  As always very informative.  I loved you at the ReBarCamp in Raleigh.

Posted by Mark Pelshak (Premiere Triangle Homes Realty) over 9 years ago

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