Desperate sellers find relief in renters, staging

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

It's difficult to predict how long it will take a home to sell in today's market. Ideally, it sells and closes by the time you need to make a move. If not, there are several options. Homes that show well draw more attention from serious buyers, particularly if they are in areas that are bloated with inventory. Before you make a decision about moving completely out of your home, visit Sunday open houses in your neighborhood and size up the competition.Are other competitive listings staged for sale? How does your home look in comparison? How will it look if you remove your furnishings and leave it vacant? Vacant listings can be difficult to sell. Most buyers can't imagine how a home might look furnished, or how they'd use an empty space. For example, it's hard to gauge how your king bed will look in a bedroom that has no bed to use as a basis for comparison. Without a place to sit down, it's hard for some buyers get a sense of the home's ambiance. Leaving your furniture in pla...