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Reasons why a house won't sell

Even in a seller's market, it can be difficult for some homes in Wisconsin or other states to sell quickly or for top dollar. One reason may be that the home is not listed correctly. Buyers tend to look for homes that meet specific criteria such as having three bedrooms or a finished basement. If a home is incorrectly listed, a buyer may never find it during his or her search.

Homes that are listed for above-market value may also attract less interest from a buyer. Those who are looking to buy a house are looking for the best value for their money as opposed to satisfying a seller's ego. It's also important to keep in mind that a home will sell for what it is worth as opposed to what the seller owes on the mortgage.

The home should be clean and not have a variety of projects left unfinished. A messy home that looks like a construction zone may scare buyers into looking at other properties on the market. In addition to dusting and removing fingerprints from the refrigerator, owners should take some time to get rid of unnecessary clutter. Ideally, a room will look like a blank slate as this helps to appeal to as many buyers as possible.

When conducting real estate transactions, it is important for a seller to provide as much information to a buyer as possible. Buyers may want to consult with an attorney prior to putting an offer in on a property. Sellers may also want to consult with their attorney prior to accepting an offer. Doing so may help to find issues with the title or other problems with a home prior to close. If problems are discovered, the buyer and seller may work together to resolve them.

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