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    Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold!

    So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers.

    There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is access, followed by conditionfinancing, and price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

    Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

    1. 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.
    2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
    3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
    4. By Appointment Only (example: 48-Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
    5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2 pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.

    With more competition coming to the market this spring, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.

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    Alan Harling

    I relocated to Colorado from Illinois where I built a successful career in real estate representing both buyers and sellers. My success was based on building a relationship of trust and understanding with my clients, utilizing data to support actions, and implementing problem solving skills throughout the contract-to-closing process – all of which you can expect me to continue as I launch my business in Colorado. Experience as a certified Project Management Professional laid the foundation for my organization and management skills which carry over into my real estate business. Personal experience as a collegiate athlete and coach contribute to my competitive spirit. In my free time, I enjoy exploring hiking trails, spending time with my husband and three sons, and spoiling our dog Lilly.

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