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Old 04-12-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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We're moving to another state and want to list our current home to sell. We are leaving this state on July 1. We don't need to sell this house before we move, and actually prefer to move out before it is listed; we may move in to a hotel for a few weeks. But we do want it to sell this summer. When should we start interviewing agents?
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Location?

What is your ZIP code?
What is the real-estate market like where you live?
Have you ever sold a house before?
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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With the changing market, I'd need to talk to a realtor to know what it is like here. I assume. I'm in the San Antonio area, in a desirable area with good schools.

I have sold a house before, it was during the bubble and we had an offer over asking price with 0 contingencies within 24 hours of listing. We sold it for more than 100% of what we paid for it 4 years before. I can only assume that our experience will be different this time.

We also own another home that lost 150k in value in the market drop. Instead of selling it, we have been renting it out for the last 3 years, successfully. In fact, it has been going so well that we aren't planning on selling it for quite a while. Might as well let someone else pay the mortgage, interest and all maintenance, right? I don't believe this house is a good candidate for a rental, though.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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With the changing market, I'd need to talk to a realtor to know what it is like here. I assume. I'm in the San Antonio area
S.A. houses selling briskly - San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio average and median listing prices - Trulia.com

San Antonio?s housing market is still steady as she goes - San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA Market Data Sources-- Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University Home
There is more data here than you can absorb in a month
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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Thanks. So when do I start looking for a realtor?
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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About 4-6 weeks before you want to list. the agent can give you ideas about how to prepare the house for sale. Give yourself some time, in case the upgrading projects need some time to complete.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Thanks. So when do I start looking for a realtor?
I'd start now.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I would start now too.

It will take time to arrange appointments with agents and evaluate their work, check references with current and former sellers. Good agents will share with you what they would like you to do before the home is listed, what they will do to market your home. What looks good to you may not be good enough to garner a quick sale. Allow yourself time to prepare your home for sale.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Funkotron, MA
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Get it up for sale ASAP. In most places inventory is low and people are waiting to jump on a good house. Beat the spring/summertime rush and try to get it on the market before that.
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