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Get ahead of the summer selling market with these tips from REALTORŪ Association of the Fox Valley

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The dog days of summer are often a time for relaxation by the pool or a family trip to your favorite vacation spot.

At the same time, many Americans take advantage of the warmer months to put their house on the market.

According to the National Association of REALTORSŪ, one-third of homes are sold during the summer months.

“Spring is known by many to be the hottest season to sell a home as the winter doldrums are ending and people are getting their homes and yards in selling shape. Yet in summer, the frenzy of the spring buying season has often concluded, which means fewer houses are competing for buyers,” said Betty Ebert-Rylko, President of the REALTORŪ Association of the Fox Valley.

Here are a few tips from the REALTORŪ Association of the Fox Valley to help sell your home before the leaves start to turn.

• Keep your house cool.

Keep potential buyers comfortable as they tour your house by keeping the air conditioning at a reasonable temperature. This will help them imagine escaping the summer heat in their new home.

• Landscape!

Your home’s curb appeal is the first chance to impress potential buyers, so be sure your yard is well landscaped and maintained, clean your deck or porch, and repaint any areas that are in need of repair.

• Mark your calendar.

Plan around your summer vacations and list your home accordingly. Timing is everything, so make sure that when offers start coming in that you are not out of town.

• Work with a REALTORŪ.

RAFV reminds sellers that it’s important to work with a REALTORŪ, a member of the National Association of REALTORSŪ, who is familiar with your community. These professionals know the pricing strategies and buyer preferences that will help bring better results.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you increase your chances of quickly finding the right buyer for your home this summer.

REALTORŪ Association of the Fox Valley, 433 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva, IL 60134 630-232-2360 www.rafv.realtor