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Buying a home is a lot like running a race: Once a listing goes live, buyers have to sprint off the starting block before throngs of other buyers start bidding. Talk about stressful!
What if there were a way to buy a house before it's officially on the market? Well, there is—and it can help you snag your dream house long before your competition even knows it exists. Want to get ahead of the curve? Here are some secrets for beating the crowds.
Summer is peak season for home selling—but also for barbecues, vacations, and long, lazy beach days. In other words, there are lots of things to distract even the most diligent would-be buyers. And that’s not even counting those dog days when it’s too hot to even venture out to view homes.
But for home sellers who are eager to drum up an offer before Labor Day, having their sale sidelined isn't an option. And luckily, there's plenty you can do to lure buyers through your door. Check out these five smart tips for getting buyers to brave the heat and squeeze your house into their summer schedule.
Long weekends out of town are the stuff summer dreams are made of. But they're also the reason many Saturday and Sunday afternoon open houses end up nearly empty. Choosing an alternative time frame may turn that around.
Let's face it: Heading to a barbecue or pool party sounds a whole lot more fun than an open house. If you can't beat 'em, why not join 'em? In other words, put together a gathering that feels more like a celebration than a sales pitch. Try serving up refreshments outside like lemonade and iced tea on trays, or fire up the grill to serve summer-themed appetizers or sliders.
Timing can make a difference here, too: Rather than holding your soirée in the middle of the day, wait until the evening when the temperature's bearable and people are ready to venture out and kick back at a house party.
Nothing's more appealing on a scorching summer day than a backyard pool. Play up this feature and other outdoor amenities to convince buyers this is the warm weather oasis they deserve.
Sometimes getting a home sold is a matter of enlisting the help of those who already live in the neighborhood. Merrill recommends hosting a summer block party at the front of the property, rather than in the backyard, to invite more attention and foot traffic from neighbors and others passing by.
Spreading the word about an open house is always key to getting people in the door, but never more so than that stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Alpine 4th of July Parade and Carnival
9am-2pm / Alpine Comm. Center, www.alpinekiwanis.org
Camp Pendleton Ken Grody Ford
4th of July Beach Bash
8am-10pm / DM Beach Resort, www.mccscp.com/beachbash
Carlsbad Red, White and BOOM! w/Fireworks
10am-9pm / LEGOLAND California, www.legoland.com
Chula Vista 4th Fest Fireworks
9pm / CV Elite Athlete Center, www.chulavistaca.gov
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
10am-11pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds, www.sdfair.com
Fourth of July Sunset BBQ & Fireworks Show
6:45-9:30pm / Fairmont Grand Del Mar, www.fairmont.com
El Cajon 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks
2-9:30pm / Kennedy Park, www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us
Escondido Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
4-9:30pm / Grape Day Park/Art Center, www.artcenter.org
Imperial Beach Independence Day Fireworks
4-9pm / Imperial Beach Pier, www.imperialbeachca.gov
Julian 4th of July Parade & Celebration
10am-5pm / Downtown Julian, www.julianparade.com
Mira Mesa Parade, Family Fun Day in the Park -Fireworks
7am-9:30pm / Mira Mesa Park, miramesatowncouncil.org
National City 4th of July Festivities
June 29-July 4
Kimball Park, www.ci.national-city.ca.us
Ocean Beach 4th of July Fireworks
9pm / Ocean Beach Pier, www.oceanbeachsandiego.com
Independence Parade - June 30
10am-12:30pm / S Coast Hwy, mainstreetoceanside.com
Celebration & Fireworks Show - July 3
6-10pm / Rancho Del Oro Road, www.ci.oceanside.ca.us
Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks &
5:30-9:30pm / Olive Peirce Middle, www.ramonarotary.org
Ranch Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth
Community Fair: 9am / Webb Park
Parade: 3:30pm / Downtown Rancho Bernardo
Festivities & Fireworks: 6-9:30pm / Bernardo Heights Middle
(858) 945-1616 / www.spiritofthefourth.org
Rancho Santa Fe 4th of July Parade & Picnic
1-3pm / 16948 Avenida De Acacias, www.rsfassociation.org
San Carlos Fireworks and Music Fest
11am-9:30pm / Lake Murray Playground
San Diego Symphony: Star Spangled Pops
June 29-July 1
7:30pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South
Big Bay Boom
9pm / San Diego Bay, www.bigbayboom.com
Old Town 4th of July
11am-4pm / Old Town SD State Park, www.parks.ca.gov
SeaWorld 4th of July Fireworks
9:40pm / SeaWorld, www.seaworldparks.com
San Marcos Celebrate Freedom, A Fireworks Extravaganza
6-9:30pm / Bradley Park, www.san-marcos.net
San Ysidro Independence Day at the Border
3-9pm / Larsen Field, www.facebook.com/syccNbid
Santee Santee Salutes w/Fireworks
2:30-10pm / Town Center Comm. Park E, www.ci.santee.ca.us
Vista Independence Day Celebration w/Fireworks
5-10pm / Brengle Terrace Park, www.cityofvista.com
Old Fashioned Fourth of July 10am-4pm
Old Poway Park
4th of July Veterans Ceremony 11am / Veterans Park
Fourth of July Fireworks 6-10pm
Poway High School
(858) 668-4576 / www.poway.org