Expert advice on pricing and property appeal – from a RE/MAX agent

Cheryl Southgate RE/MAX Dolphin Realtors agent of the month for August has been in the game for 16 years, with her best move yet being the jump from her own small town agency in Mtunzini to RE/MAX Dolphin Realtors in the ever-growing Ballito and surrounds.

“I saw the growth begin in Ballito with the new airport as well as the major development in retail, commercial and residential property nodes.

“I opted to approach RE/MAX for a position as a Sales Associate, as there is nothing better than being your own “Boss” under the RE/MAX umbrella,” said Southgate.

She was welcomed into the company in 2011 and joined a successful team of Associates.

Southgate thrives on placing her clients in suitable properties, and after-sales service is a top priority.

“My greatest achievement is being referred clients from existing and past clients.

“I will always go Above and Beyond to be a part of this top Brand and Team on the North Coast of Ballito and I look forward to many more happy and successful years with RE/MAX Dolphin Realtors.

Cheryl Southgate.

Southgate’s tips on ideal pricing and aesthetic appeal

Homeowners who wish to obtain the highest possible price for their property, within the shortest time frame, will need to ensure that their home makes a good first impression and stands out from the crowd.

“Homeowners will be required to do their part if they want to maximise their chances of obtaining the selling price that they want.

“Perhaps the most common mistake among sellers is over-pricing their property to provide themselves with some room for negotiation,” said Southgate.

Very often sellers are driven by their emotions when they decide what price they want for their home, possibly overlooking certain faults or current market values.

Sellers need to try to put themselves in the shoes of potential buyers.

Homes that are considered to be overpriced continue to sit on the market for months – even years.

Sellers wanting to make the best possible first impression and increase the aesthetic appeal of their home should also consider the following:

  • Paint or clean the exterior and interior walls
  • Wash the windows
  • Clean light switches
  • Get rid of clutter as it will distract buyers from the home’s features and make the spaces appear smaller.
  • Clear items from the top of kitchen counters
  • Clean built-in kitchen appliances such as hobs and ovens
  • Ensure the shower is free of algae and that the shower door is clean
  • Organise and clean out the garage
  • Pack away any un-ironed laundry
  • Clear away any children’s toys that may be lying around the garden

A well-maintained home that is perceived to be fairly priced will appeal to a wide variety of buyers and will have more chance of selling within a reasonable time frame.  A good first impression is a lasting impression.

If you’re ready to take the next step towards selling your property, contact Cheryl Southgate on 082 770 7423 or email [email protected]

The North Coast Courier

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