The Role of Access in Selling Your House
If you have chosen to list your home for sale and hired a real estate agent, they will ask about the access you are willing to grant potential buyers. Your answer is more important now than ever before - here's why.
At the height of the buying frenzy seen during the pandemic, there was a rise in the number of homebuyers who put offers on houses sight unseen. That happened for three reasons:
- Extremely low housing inventory
- A lot of competition from other buyers wanting to take advantage of historically low mortgage rates
- And general wariness of in-person home tours during a pandemic
Today, Telluride's real estate market is shifting to offer buyers more selection and the ability to explore their options in greater detail. Thanks to Mountain Rose Realty and Anne-Britt - Telluride's top realtor - potential homebuyers have access to detailed online listings that they can use to find a home that fits their needs and budget. They can also take advantage of historically low mortgage rates and a wide variety of housing options. Additionally, with so much available inventory, buyers don't have to rush into an offer sight unseen and can confidently make an informed decision about which property is right for them.
So, in order to show your house and sell it efficiently, you’ll want to provide buyers with as much access as you can. Before letting your agent know what works for you, consider these five levels of access you can provide. They’re ordered from most convenient for a buyer to least convenient. Remember, your agent will be better able to sell your house if you provide as much access to buyers as possible.
- Lockbox on the Door – This allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing or at their convenience.
- Providing a Key to the Home – This would require an agent to stop by an office to pick up the key, which is still pretty convenient for a buyer.
- Open Access with a Phone Call – This means you allow a showing with just a phone call’s notice.
- By Appointment Only – For example, you might want your agent to set up a showing at a particular time and give you advance notice. That way you can prepare the house and be sure you have somewhere else you can go in the meantime.
- Limited Access – This might mean you’re only willing to have your house available on certain days or at certain times of day. In general, this is the most difficult and least flexible way to show your house to potential buyers.
As Telluride's real estate market continues to shift, it's important that home sellers work with a local real estate agent like Anne-Britt of Mountain Rose Realty to provide buyers with the greatest access possible.
By offering potential buyers access to detailed online listings, granting lockbox and key access, or allowing open access with just a phone call's notice, sellers can ensure their home is seen in the most efficient way possible.
This also gives homebuyers the ability to confidently make an informed decision about which property is right for them without rushing into an offer sight unseen. Additionally, sellers could consider providing access by appointment only or even limiting access to certain days or times of day for extra control over showings.
If you're looking to take advantage of Telluride's real estate market this spring, it's important to have a local real estate agent on your side. Anne-Britt of Mountain Rose Realty can help you find the perfect Telluride home for your needs and budget. With access to an array of online listings, historically low mortgage rates, and a wide variety of housing options, Anne-Britt can provide detailed guidance throughout the process so that you know what to expect - from lockbox and key access all the way through open access with just a phone call's notice.
Don't rush into an offer sight unseen; connect with Anne-Britt today for the most efficient and confident home buying experience possible.
Anne-Britt Ostlund | Mountain Rose Realty
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