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Old 10-10-2006, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Central Bucks
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We are being relocated due to a job, and are in the midst of trying to sell our 1,100 sq. ft. manufactured home here in Central Bucks. We have dropped our price now to below market value, yet still have no offers to date. We already have a realtor, the feedback has been great, and we have done all we can think of to make our home appealing to potential buyers. Any suggestions are welcomed.... Truly....Help....
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:54 PM
 
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We are being relocated due to a job, and are in the midst of trying to sell our 1,100 sq. ft. manufactured home here in Central Bucks. We have dropped our price now to below market value, yet still have no offers to date. We already have a realtor, the feedback has been great, and we have done all we can think of to make our home appealing to potential buyers. Any suggestions are welcomed.... Truly....Help....
1. Have an open house with a decent mortgage broker present, one that has a lot of experience with new or bad credit. Don't be shy, call a few other real estate brokers in the area and let them know about the open house. The more people that show up the better.

2. Raise the price a little, then offer a 3% credit to help with closing costs. You end up with the same money, but the buyers out of pocket is lower.

3. If you're really desperate, buy a lower priced flat panel and sell it with the place. You'd be surprised what people will do for silly stuff like that, especially the demographic you are after. Buy it at WalMart or something. If you don't get any bites within a few weeks, you can always take it down and bring it back to the store.

4. Aside from the feedback, which IS good, go visit a few models. THP has a model park somewhere in Lehigh. These houses are staged by professionals. Look at the smallest models they have, and focus on what appeals to you. Lighting, furniture arrangement, etc. Look up "design psychology" on google. You'd be surprised at how much thought goes into this stuff, and why.
People don't always come out and SAY what they want. Women for instance? lol.

5. Smell. Make sure your house smells NOTHING like food, a damp basement, or pets. Above all, eliminate traces of pets if you have any. Don't load up on the cheapo air fresheners. Try using a scent of Febreze that compliments the smell of flowers and trees they have in their nose OUTSIDE the house. Making a house smell tropical in NE PA makes no sense. Make sure you do not spray any air fresheners at least 12 hours before the open house. Keep ALL of your windows open for at least 2 or 3 hours PRIOR to the open house, then close them before it starts.

6. REMOVE CLUTTER. We all know about depersonalizing the house, but remove the extra stuff. Take at LEAST half the food out of your cupboards. Remove any plungers from under sink cabinets. Toilet brushes go bye-bye. Mops, brooms, vacuum cleaners, out of the house. The illusion is that the house never has problems, and cleans itself, lol. Anything else that looks old, heavily used, or cheap, take it out of the buyers view.

7. Dirt and grease. Clean or remove anything you can that looks dirty. The bathroom(s) should look like a place you would want to eat. Remove any medications, toothbrushes, hair brushes, etc. Do put a plant/basket/pile of "show soaps", whatever fits the space. If you have a shower curtain and not doors, buy a new one for the open house.

The best time to jump into this is with fresh eyes. Go look at a few models one Saturday. As soon as you are done, go STRAIGHT home and whip out the legal pad. Thats when the problems will be the most apparent to you.

All of that probably sounds like overkill, but I'll leave that up to you.

Best of luck!
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Old 10-10-2006, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Newtown Square, PA
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great suggestions from time2moov!!!
I'd only add maybe a home warranty, the idea of increasing the price and offering a sellers assist is a very good idea also.
Make up some flyers or get them from your realtor and hit the local supermarkets and post offices and put the flyers on the bulletin board you can also distribute them at apt complexes.
Just be patient also the market is slow around 60 days is normal to sell a house.
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Central Bucks
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Thank you for all the creative suggestions; I have found that even alot of realtors are not aware that any manufactured home built after 1977 can be mortgaged, even if the lot is leased.
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