Habits of Successful Home Sellers

Successful home sellers who manage to sell quickly and at a good price share a number of key habits. Here are some of the most important:

Preparation and Presentation:

  • Meticulous home prep: This goes beyond a basic clean. Deep clean every inch, declutter ruthlessly, stage furniture to maximize space and flow, and address any minor repairs.
  • Curb appeal: Don’t underestimate the power of a first glance. Tidy up the yard, maintain landscaping, keep the entrance area welcoming, and add pops of color with flowers or potted plants.

Marketing and Pricing:

  • Pricing it right: Strike a balance between maximizing your profit and attracting reasonable offers. Overpricing your home might scare away buyers, while underpricing it leaves money on the table.
  • High-quality marketing materials: Make sure your Real Estate Agent is investing in professional photos and virtual tours that showcase your home’s best features.

Additional tips:

  • Flexibility: Be willing to accommodate showings, even on short notice. The more accessible your home is, the more potential buyers you’ll attract.
  • Transparency: Be upfront about any known issues with the property. Hiding problems can backfire and damage trust with potential buyers.
  • Stay positive: A positive attitude can go a long way in the selling process. Be enthusiastic about your home and its potential, and buyers will be more likely to see it in the same light.

Remember, selling a home is a process. By following these habits and working closely with a skilled realtor, you can increase your chances of selling quickly and at a good price.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

8 Highly Effective Habits and Tips for a Home Seller

Are you ready to become a master in the art of home selling? Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time seller, there’s always room to improve your skills and achieve even greater success. Selling your home can be a daunting task, but with the right mindset and a willingness to learn, you can take charge of the process and come out on top. We’ll share with you eight powerful habits of highly effective home sellers that will help you achieve your goals and sell your home with confidence. It’s time to take your home selling game to the next level!


This means creating a plan and timeline for selling your home, keeping all necessary documents and paperwork in one place, and staying on top of important deadlines and appointments. Make a list of all the tasks you need to complete, including repairs, staging, and marketing, and prioritize them to ensure you stay on track.


Buyers have become a lot more leery about homes needing repairs. Jasmyn Jefferson’s advice? “Home sellers should make sure that their home is in tiptop condition, which means taking care of any necessary repairs, touch-ups, or deep cleaning that may be needed,” she says. Determine if a pre-inspection works for you.


8 Habits All Successful Home Sellers Have in Common

What’s the secret of selling your home fast and for top dollar? Keeping your house looking fantastic, of course! To achieve that, most successful home sellers have certain key habits in common, whether it’s clearing out their mail pile every day or doing a monthly deep clean.

So if you’ve resolved to sell your home this year, listen up: Here are the best habits you can adopt to proactively maintain your home all the way to a successful sale.

Daily: Tidy up

When your home is on the market, it’s best to always have it “show-ready,” which means in tip-top shape, since buyers love an impeccably clean house.

“I recommend my clients create a daily checklist of what to quickly tidy up before they leave for the day, so they can be prepared for last-minute showings,” says Jessica Creel, a real estate professional in Phoenix. The checklist will help you get into the habit of making sure beds are made, clutter is put away, countertops are wiped down, blinds are left open, and fliers are left on the table.

Daily: Respond to offers

Successful sellers are in the habit of responding to offers quickly. “It’s very important to strike when the iron is hot,” says Bruce Ailion, a real estate professional at Atlanta’s Re/Max Town and Country. “Buyers get antsy when their offer isn’t responded to and begin to doubt it because so much of real estate is emotional.”

Prepare yourself by figuring out in advance what you will and won’t accept. This includes the lowest offer you will take and what contingencies you’ll allow… READ MORE

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 $535,000 – As you approach this gorgeous home, it radiates pride of ownership. The driveway has been extended with new concrete on both sides of the home. New exterior paint with newer drought-resistant landscaping w/new walkway to front door & drip system w/timer. As you step inside, the home has new interior paint, baseboards & LVP flooring throughout. The kitchen has painted cabinets with quartz counters, a stainless sink & refrigerator. Then step out to the newly landscaped backyard w/new patio, custom pergola, 8 X 12 pool, security fence & all new perimeter fencing, as well as french drains from back to front. The primary bath has painted cabinets, new mirrors & light fixtures. His & Her closets with a barn door that provides bath privacy. The home has all-new light fixtures, hardware, a whole house fan, water filtration & softener, & reverse osmosis, and electric vehicle chargers. Just bring you furniture & enjoy this move-in ready home and bask in the sun with a BBQ. Room for RV parking. A solar lease is only $89 a month, 25 yr lease & transferable. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint little located in the heart of the Delta, close to San Francisco, wine country, and Sacramento. Enjoy water sports, fishing & duck hunting. MORE INFO

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Events in Northern California this Weekend

Evan Thomas Blues
1/7/2024 11:00 am – 1/7/2024 2:00 pm
Monica’s Riverview, 1 I St, Antioch, CA

Evan Thomas has that thang. It’s in his inner soul, and that feeling that captures a down-home essence, the foot stompin’, and head–nodding style, of the old Mississippi delta and Chicago Blues.​

It’s the grit, in his soulful voice and his cryin’ guitar which sets him apart. Evan Thomas’s classic, electric blues guitar style, is influenced by some of the great guitar players of our time. The Evan Thomas Blues Band also features Wally Schnalle on drums, George Franklin on Bass, and Noel Catura on Sax. WEBSITE

Native Plant-A-Thon at Peterson Ranch
Sat, Jan 6, 10 AM – 1 PM
Peterson Ranch, Walters Rd, Suisun City

Join us on January 6th from 10:00AM-1:00PM to plant a variety of native plants on an area of land between Dixon, Suisun City, and Rio Vista known as Peterson Ranch. This is a collaborative project between Putah Creek Council and the Solano County Water Agency.

All necessary equipment, water, and snacks will be provided. This event is open to all community members regardless of skill and previous experience! We will teach you how to use the tools and the best method for planting. All ages are welcome, but a guardian is recommended for children under 13.

Please do not attend any PCC volunteer event if you have had a COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing any COVID or cold/flu symptoms. For any questions about this event please contact Maddie Galal (maddie@putahcreekcouncil.org).


Jessie’s Grove — Karen Marguth
Sat, Jan 6, 3 – 6 PM
1973 W Turner Rd, LodiJessie’s Grove Winery,

Get your winter sweater on, gather your favorite people, and join head to Jessie’s Grove for an afternoon in the lovely grove. Karen will sing with Rock on Tap from 3-6pm.


Family Movie Matinee
Sun, Jan 7, 2 – 4 PM
The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St, Sacramento

Join us for free family movies at the Guild Theater!

Date: First Sunday of each month

Time: 2pm Showtime

Location: Guild Theater (2828 35th Street)

About the Film

The Little Mermaid 

A young mermaid makes a deal with a sea witch to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress a prince.



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