Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland

Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland

LOVELAND – This recent election has created a national divide. It has fueled emotions, started protests, and even ruined friendships. On both sides of the aisle, people have very strong thoughts and opinions, to the extent that it can impact home sale transactions. That may be surprising, but so is what’s going on in the country right now. If you are looking to sell a home, here are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Eliminate politics from décor
Remove any signs of political support or interests from your property before showings. You want home buyers to notice your home and everything it has to offer, instead of being distracted by your belongings and political interests. The more buyers you have interested in your property, the more it will sell for. It’s therefore in your best interest to eliminate anything non-house related that may sway a
buyer’s opinion.

Avoid political discussions
It’s possible that you may interact with potential home buyers either at the open house, during an inspection, or incidentally at other times during the home buying process.

As you exchange pleasantries, avoid political discussions. Whether it’s because you feel strongly about politics or they do, it’s never a good idea to be influenced by it when it comes to negotiating an offer. It’s best to stay focused on topics relevant to the home.

Remember the end goal
Selling your home is about finding a willing and able buyer and negotiating acceptable terms. Although emotions naturally come into play because of your pride and attachment to your home, it is important to maintain perspective. You and the home buyer do not need to become friends or continue a relationship after the closing. You really only need to agree upon the terms of the sale. Anything beyond that can be a distraction that can hurt you financially in the end. By focusing on the property and leaving politics out of the equation, you will give yourself the best chance of selling your home with the best terms and price possible.

Realtor assistance
Your real estate agent plays an important role as an intermediary in your home sale transaction. They can help you make educated decisions when it comes to negotiating with buyers and will keep you focused on the end goal.

Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail suzanneplewes@remax.net.