Will you help me sell my house???
I'll try to make my long sob story short. We sold our house the first day it was on the market, but then the deal fell through due to the buyer's job loss just before closing. Unfortunately, we'd just moved everything out, but we didn't worry too much because the buyer said he had a verbal offer of a new job and we would close when he got the written offer. That never happened so we put some furniture back in the house to make it look not so empty, but by then it was almost Thanksgiving and Christmas and the housing market was slow. We were the second choice house at least 3 times. One couple looked at it FOUR times before buying a higher priced house. Grrrr. Anyway, it's off the market for a short time while we try to figure out what to do. It's a nice house in a good neighborhood, but I feel like now that it's been on the market for so long that it's tainted and we'll never get a good price for it. They say kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, and this isn't a kitchen that will necessarily sell a house. It's smallish for the price range, but has maple cabinets, a nice laminate countertop, and a nice backsplash. It has a vinyl floor that is in OK condition. Houses in our neighborhood do not have granite countertops, but we end up competing against a lot of houses that do. When I mentioned to a prospective real estate agent that it would cost $3000 (including a new undermount stainless sink) to install granite in our kitchen, he highly recommended it. He said buyers thought granite cost more like $10,000 so it would pay off. I want to elevate my house from something buyers like to something they have to have (wouldn't everyone???). So what do you all think? I'll post pictures, but it will only be one per post so bear with me!