St Petersburg Short Sale | Do I have to be moved out of the home before listing it?

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St Petersburg Short Sale | Do I have to be moved out of the home before listing it?

In a St Petersburg Short Sale, buyers want to know, if they have to be moved out, before we can list their home? No No No, please don’t.

As Short Sale Realtors here in St Petersburg,  Florida and we see it all the time. Homeowners call us for a Short Sale consultation AFTER they have moved out of their St Petersburg home.

There are many reasons people move out before they start a St Petersburg Short Sale, one of them is that they do not want to deal with the neighbors or do not want friends and family to know.

Of course it is up to you but trust us, more people than you think are doing or considering a Short Sale in St Petersburg  and there is no reason to feel ashamed or guilty about it. Everybody is in the same boat and people have a much better understanding of Short Sales than they did years ago.

As St Petersburg Short Sale Agents, we recommend that you stay in the house while doing the Short Sale. This way the house is taken care of, the yard looks good, the pool is clean and the grass is cut. Buyers will make higher offers if the house is in good condition.

Our second reason is,  that while you live there the utilities stay on and we all know how important that is in a hot St Petersburg  summer. You also save money by not having to rent a condo or home.

The two things you have to do when you live in your St Petersburg property while doing a Short Sale is DECLUTTER. Start packing up stuff and put some boxes in the garage. The less clutter the higher the sales price and buyers that see that you have already started to pack are more likely to make an offer,  since they know you are ready to move and will not necessarily prolong a Short Sale closing.

Second important thing is AVAILABILITY. Your house needs to be ready for showings on a short notice. Keep it clean and neat and accommodate showing request at all times.  Leave the house for every single showing and use a computer lockbox system.

This way you detach yourself from the buyer and detach the buyer from yourself. The big plus is that you are not put in a position where the buyer asks a lot of questions that you can’t or don’t want  to answer and the buyer can feel free to really look at the home and take all the time they need to make a decision.

The easier a showing is the faster you will get an offer the faster you can move on and put your St Petersburg Short Sale behind you.

Call us at 727-410-7777 with any of your St Petersburg Short Sale needs.

St Petersburg Short Sale | Do I have to be moved out of the home before listing it?

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