Spring is here, and it’s a fabulous time to list your home! If you’ve been on the fence about selling, we understand. It’s been a tumultuous two years. But the real estate market shows that inventory is starting to rise, and if you’d like to capitalize on this exciting spring market to earn a fabulous price for your home, Karla Murtaugh Homes at Compass would love to help. And if you’re looking to buy, inventory is climbing and you may have more options in the coming weeks, so definitely don’t give up!
“Thankfully, the market isn’t as frenzied now as it has been in past months, and more people are feeling comfortable about selling. Inventory is still relatively low at this point, so it’s a great time to take advantage of a seller’s market,” said Karla Murtaugh.
According to Connecticut Magazine, at the start of 2022, statewide inventory sat at less than a two-month supply, more than four months less than the typical market, so inventory will be the most important thing to watch in 2022. The Multiple Listing Service’s year-end report for 2021 showed the months supply of inventory down nearly 38 percent from 2020, to 1½ months statewide. Months supply describes the amount of time it would take to sell all the homes on the market, given current market conditions. Historically, moderate price appreciation comes with about six months’ supply, according to the National Association of Realtors.
“One thing to keep in mind if you’re thinking of selling is that research shows a staged home generally sells faster and for more money. The real estate market is highly competitive and staging will give you a leg up on the competition”, said Karla.
“When a potential buyer enters your home, you want to provide a backdrop for them to experience the home—a place where they can see how rooms function and how the home ‘feels’. You want them to say WOW!”, she continued.
One of Karla’s favorite things about having joined Compass is the Compass Concierge program, which is designed to prepare your home for the market. From deep cleaning to cosmetic improvements, Compass Concierge assesses opportunities to elevate your home’s value. The program will provide a tailored plan for updating and staging your home, and the means to execute it. Compass fronts the costs associated with home-selling improvements and only collects payment for the services rendered at the time of the property’s closing.
In addition, Karla’s own staging programs are designed to work within your budget and comfort level, and can either use your existing furniture and accessories, or bring in additional items. Most importantly, staging lets you get an objective opinion as seen through a “buyer’s eyes” – it’s not a reflection on your personal style or taste, but about getting you the most bang for your buck and top dollar on your sale.
For everything you need to know about selling your home, check out the Karla Murtaugh Homes Seller’s Guide. Be sure to connect to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org for your complimentary consultation.