How Long Do Homeowners Stay in Their Homes?
The average Northern Virginia homeowner stays in their home for 11.1 years before selling. That’s a long time and a lot can happen to a home in 11 years – preparing to sell takes time – not just for your home but also for you. Not surprisingly, most of us don’t live in our homes day-to-day like we’re going to sell tomorrow. We lead busy lives at work and with our family. Maybe we’re behind on a spring cleaning. Maybe we’re in the middle of a home improvement project that hasn’t quite found the finish line. Possibly we still need to contact a professional to complete a few repairs that seem to linger.
Preparing a Home to Sell Can Take 3+ Months For Most Sellers
All sellers are different. Some sellers have been through the selling process multiple times and generally know what to do and how to prepare their home for market. They might just need help from an agent shoring up some details to confirm readiness. In other situations, I have less experienced or more particular sellers who prefer I walk the path with them more closely in their preparation which can take a few months. For some sellers, the home was once a primary residence, but now is now a rental property. The home may even be part of an estate sale or some other non-standard transaction type. These sellers may prefer that I take a more active role in leading and preparing the home for market which can take more time than usual.
Regardless – All Sellers Share These Two Goals
The common outcome shared by all my sellers is they have a target selling date in mind and they want top dollar for their homes.
How to Prepare a Home to Sell On-Time and for Top Dollar?
These are just some of the topics I discuss with my sellers while we prepare a showcasing strategy.
If you’re thinking of selling your home in the spring, I recommend you contact a Realtor now to help you plan a showcasing and selling strategy. For example, I’m already working with clients now in the fall season as we prepare for spring listings. Unfortunately, many sellers begin this process later than they should which can unnecessarily pressure the selling timeline and limit the ability to lean into the listing in the strongest position possible. However, some of my sellers don’t have the luxury of planning due to life events – that’s perfectly fine too. I have a showcasing and selling strategy for any timeline and home condition presented by a seller whether they want to sell today or next year.
“It is with much enthusiasm that we share with you our thoughts about Tim Trainum. He his the most knowledgeable and informed real estate agent with whom we have ever dealt. Over the last 45 years we have bought and sold a combination of 26 homes, condos, and multi-family apartment buildings in Fairfax, Arlington and other parts of the country. Tim is without a doubt the complete package. He did everything we asked him to do. He gave us great information and advice and kept us informed as to his progress day by day. We highly recommend him.” – Dean and Mary Simonds
I am a high-value agent who delivers demonstrably useful results to my clients. I operate my business with relationship-focused interaction that aligns client goals with beneficial outcomes. I have an unyielding commitment to being an open and honest advocate, ensuring my clients reach their desired outcome efficiently and with the most equity. My overarching passion in real estate is to join your buying and selling journey and help improve your quality of life.
I am a full-time, licensed Realtor® who has established deep roots and knows the region. I was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area, graduating from Chantilly High School and then James Madison University with degrees in Economics and Finance. I live in Fairfax with my wife Liz and our seven year old son Robby. I’m a homeowner myself and understand the important decisions my clients face when they’re buying or selling a home. In addition, I’m an owner of investment property, including a multi-family apartment buildings. I have a penchant for helping people having taught adult education courses in investing and personal finance, and helped numerous clients, friends and colleagues in creating a path to wealth creation. I also serve as the trustee for a private charitable memorial fund.
I have been working in the real estate industry helping clients for over 25 years. As a Listing Agent, the value I create for my sellers is to help them elevate and showcase home condition. I use multiple valuation techniques to pinpoint market value for my sellers. I use cutting-edge marketing strategies to promote widespread buyer awareness and produce the maximum selling price in the fewest days possible, while protecting my seller’s best interests throughout the complete selling and settlement process. As a Buyer’s Agent, I help my buyers locate the home that changes their life. I guide my buyers in structuring the most compelling offer that can win seller acceptance, while retaining the most value and equity possible for buyer benefit and in a manner that protects their best interests throughout the complete buying and settlement process. I have worked with clients in the purchase of investment property, helping them to prospect property as well as evaluate all the financial metrics important to making the investment. My real estate experience includes working in the development, construction and operation of real estate infrastructure projects, closing over $500 million, as well as supporting several commercial real estate clients in the pursuit of reaching their objectives. My experience spans across consulting with clients on remodeling and home improvement projects to negotiating land purchase agreements and easements, to negotiating residential and commercial leases. There are few areas of real estate that I haven’t touched and it continually has been with a mind-set of delivering exceptional outcomes.