12 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

You may be one of the many homeowners considering a home sale to potentially benefit from the seller’s market that exists throughout much of the U.S., where buyers outnumber available properties, leading to higher prices and plenty of bidding wars.

But selling a house can become more difficult if you ignore the tried-and-true practices that have helped home sellers in the past. “It’s a hot market, but it’s a hot market for things that are priced correctly and prepared to come to the market,” says Molly Gallagher, real estate agent

Here are 12 mistakes to avoid when selling your home:

  • Working alone.
  • Waiting for the home selling season.
  • Pricing too high.
  • Refusing to make changes.
  • Keeping clutter.
  • Opting not to neutralize.
  • Skipping major repairs.
  • Cutting costs on photography.
  • Hiding problems.
  • Being unavailable.
  • Being unwilling to negotiate.
  • Letting your emotions get the best of you.


15 Secrets to Selling Your Home Faster

Ensure a quick sale.

Selling your home quickly not only allows you to move on with your life, it also means fewer days of keeping your home in pristine condition and leaving every time your agent brings prospective buyers for a tour. According to real estate information company Zillow, the best time to list a home for sale is on a Thursday between March 11 and March 18 to sell quickly, and the week of April 22 is best to maximize price. But how fast your home actually sells, and at what price, depends on factors beyond timing. Here are 15 secrets to selling your home faster, no matter when you list it.

Selling a House That Needs Repairs

It doesn’t matter what condition your home is in. If you don’t want to miss out on this marketing, the time to start thinking about selling is now, and that’s true even if you’re thinking of selling a house that needs repairs.

You want to sell, but whenever someone brings it up you simply say “my house needs a lot of repairs” and leave it at that. We’re here to tell you that it’s absolutely possible to sell your home as-is, you just need to go about it the right way.

If you want to know how to sell a house to needs repairs, we’re more than happy to help. We’ll cover who can benefit the most from selling as-is, and what you should do if you want to successfully sell your as-is home ASAP.  READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

FOR SALE – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista

2 bed/2 bath/1,433sqft

New Price $519,500 – Look no further!! This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, gym & more. READ MORE

PENDING – 348 Kestrel Way, Rio Vista

Step into this Savita floor plan & you will know this is your new home. This 2 bedroom 2 bath home offers you the great room concept with tile floors and carpet in the bedrooms. GE profile stainless appliances in the kitchen with granite slab counters & beech sierra natural cabinetry. Pantry closet & counter that accommodates bar stools for extra seating. Dining space has a bay window that provides that extra space for larger table. Primary bedroom has slider to the patio & walk in closet. Bath has double sinks & upgraded walk in shower. The 2nd bath has tub with shower over & linen cabinet. Backyard with patio is private with beautiful roses in bloom now. Low maintenance landscaping with automated sprinkler system. Trilogy, the active adult community offers so many activities that include golf, tennis bocce/pickle ball, billiards, gym & pools/spas. There is even a playground for your visiting grandchildren & dog park for your fur baby. There are over 40 plus clubs, from card groups, dancing & theater. Move in ready, so just bring your furniture. The bonus is prepaid solar lease, this provides a more economical PGE bill. MORE INFO

PENDING – 731 Turnberry Ter Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1410 sqft

$405,000 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker model with private backyard. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home feels like a very relaxing cottage for a retirement home. The patio provides a quiet place for morning coffee & afternoon beverage. Den has built-in book/curio shelves & bay window. The Master bedroom has a bay window, which creates room for a sitting area. New hot water heater. Enjoy amenities such as golf, tennis, bocce, pools/spas & a new gym, and more. READ MORE

Pending Sale – 295 Sage Meadows Drio Vista

3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lot

NEW PRICE $549,000 – Calistoga model, with private courtyard, located on a corner lot. New interior paint (including garage) & tile/grout cleaned, gives this home a fresh look. Island kitchen with granite tile, black appliances, w/5 burner gas stove top & maple cabinets. Open floor plan makes this a great home for entertaining & the fireplace makes it cozy. Large master bedroom has bay window, upgraded tile in bath (walk in shower & tub). Den has been enclosed as well as another room, so this could be 4 bedrooms. One can be your den, other can be your craft/sewing room. 2nd bedroom has full bath, with courtyard entrance. Laundry room has sink, cabinets & folding space. Full patio & fencing secures this backyard for your family pet. Trilogy offers many amenities, from tennis, bocce, billards, pickle ball, golf, 2 pools & spas and even playground for grandchildren. Just bring your furniture & make new friends.READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Weekend

Sidewalk Saturday
Saturday from 7am – 4pm
Main Street Rio Vista from 2nd Street to the river.

SIDE WAŁK SATURDAY Downtown RIO VISTA on Main St. from 2nd St. to the River This Saturday, May 27th 11am-4pm Vendors~Arts~Crafts~Food 1pm-4pm Live Music by RANDY CAREY Guitar Musicain / Songwriter JOIN THE FUN Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce /www.rio vista. READ MORE

Bags & Brews Cornhole Tournament in Downtown Brentwood

Sunday, May 28 · 12 – 6:30pm
Downtown Brentwood 1st Street Brentwood, CA

Compete for the title of Bags and Brews Champion or just come and enjoy the day with family and friends in Downtown on Sunday, May 28th 2023.

The Downtown Brentwood Coalition invites your team of 2 to register in one of the divisions that suits your skill level. A newbie? No problem! Sign up for the BACKYARD division. Won your fair share of games? Sign up in the COMPETITIVE division.

$75 ticket includes BOTH PLAYERS on your team, a donation to local veterans organizations and an awesome custom event gear designed by Purpose-Built!

Families, friends, and supporters are encouraged to attend, for free of course! There will be lots of fun activities for the youngsters too.

ALL skill levels are welcome (even the not-so-skilled!) Pick from Backyard or Competitive Division, see descriptions below to find out what would be best suited for your team.

Special Thanks to our Presenting sponsor, Purpose-Built, Home of the Trades!


Albino Crowe – Live Music on the Delta
SAT MAY 27 2023 AT 05:00 PM TO 08:00 PM

Tower Park Waterfront Grille, 14900 West Highway 12, Lodi

Live Music 5p-8p Every Saturday Night in Lodi
About this Event


Enjoy great music and amazing food at Tower Park Waterfront Grille. FREE SHOWS 5p-8p


Live Music By Bad Jovi at Wimpy’s Marina!

Saturday, May 27 · 6 – 9pm

14001 W Walnut Grove Rd. 14001 West Walnut Grove

One of the best tribute bands in the area is back at Wimpy’s Marina Restaurant & Bar for the second year in a row! Playing all the hits of Bon Jovi & Bad Company, this band will have you dancing all night long! Pull up to the dock in your boat, join us by car, or ride in on your motorcycle for a great day on the California Delta.

Our Riverfront Resort is only about 20 minutes away from both Sacramento and Stockton. Plus, we’re only 5 minutes away from I-5!

Though the event officially starts at 6:00PM, we encourage you to get here early. Our Sandy Beach & Deck areas have limited unassigned seating. We do have Yard Games for you to enjoy, drinks available for purchase at multiple indoor and outdoor bars, and delicious food!

This is an all-ages event. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible party or parent. Every guest must present their own separate QR Code ticket upon entry.


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