Short sales in Contra Costa; Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord
If you are looking for information about short selling your home in Contra Costa including Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Martinez or the surrounding areas, one question I’m asked frequently is whether or not you need to have a sign in your yard when selling your home? What about a rider on the sign that says short sale? (cringe)
I say NO to both. No you don’t need a sign in your yard when your home is for sale. Sure, its great for those lookie-loos who drive around in their favored neighborhoods and certainly it provides a visual queue for anyone (including real estate agents) coming to view your home, but do you NEED a sign in your yard when selling your home? No, the answer is no.
In almost every homebuyer profile I read, it rates yard signs down among the lower ranked sources a buyer used to find a home. For homebuyers over 40 years old, more than 90% started their search on the internet and deemed online home searches as #1 on their list of what to do when searching for a home. The under 40 crowd, the online searching SOARS to 96%! So, having your home on the internet, with quality descriptive text, quality professional photos, and virtual tours is of utmost importance. Most buyers will find your home online. Or, through their agent. Or as a combination, and online search tied to daily emails.
The list of top sources for homebuyers are as follows:
- Internet: 88%
- Real estate agent: 87%
- Yard sign: 55%
- Open house: 45%
Prudential California Realty
2012 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers