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How to sell a condo in Miami in 2022 [with video]

Updated: Jun 6, 2022

Miami is a hot market for people looking to buy or sell their homes. The following article provides tips on preparing, staging, pricing, and marketing your property effectively so that buyers see its best side - which means they're more likely to offer an attractive price!





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Explore your options to sell


In 2022 you can sell your condo in a few different ways. The first thing you should do is decide how quickly you want to sell and have a realistic idea of how much you want to sell the property. Then determine how much work you are willing to put in. You can list the property yourself, which will require a lot of work on your end, list with an estate agent, or sell to an iBuyer.


For sale by owner

Selling your condo yourself is a great way to get the most out of the sale instead of listing it with a real estate agent. Selling your condo yourself involves:

  • Listing your property

  • Marketing your property

  • Conducting open houses

  • Contacting potential buyers who express interest in the property

  • Reading and signing contracts and disclosures

  • Ensuring deadlines are met

You will have to dedicate a lot of time to this process, but this is an excellent option if costs are actually of concern to you.


Pro tip: Offer to pay buyer agents a commission as many buyers may have an agent. You can set the amount you will pay a buyer's agent, and it would be a lot cheaper than listing with a listing agent.

Listing with a real estate agent

When you list your condo with a real estate agent, you're giving up a certain amount of control over the sale. Your agent will advertise and market for your condo, and they will also represent you in any negotiations that take place.


There are pros and cons to listing with an agent - on the one hand, you have someone who is experienced in the process and can help you get the best price for your property. On the other hand, you will pay commission fees, so it's essential to choose one who is reputable, has experience with condos, and makes the process as pain-free as possible.


Do your due diligence when hiring a real estate agent. Ask friends and family, research online, check out real estate agents' websites and reviews.


Sell to an iBuyer

If you're looking for an easier, less time-consuming way to sell your condo, consider selling it to an iBuyer. An iBuyers is a company that will buy your property quickly and manage the entire process of selling it on its own or with its partner agents. So you never have to deal with getting showings or negotiating.


There are some doubts about how long iBuyers will be around, with Zillow putting an end to the iBuyer program, Zillow Offers. Still, others such as Opendoor, Redfin, and Offerpad are making their way to the Miami market. iBuyers may have more hefty fees, but this may be the best option for you if you're in a time crunch.


I believe iBuyers are here to stay and will gain market share in many areas. Traditional real estate companies are offering iBuying options as well. I plan to shop listings with iBuyers to ensure my clients have multiple options.






How to prepare your condo for the market


Preparing your condo for sale is another crucial step in the process. The first thing you need to do is always take an honest look at your condo and determine what changes you can make before it goes on the market. There are a few ways to prepare your property for sale:

  • Decluttering

  • Repairing and improving damaged areas

  • Deep cleaning

  • Before you list the property, do renovations and improvements (such as adding a new kitchen)

  • Ensure there are no open or expired permits


You also want to make sure you have documents from the condo association to have on hand to provide to prospective buyers.

  • Ask for the most recent financial documents, bylaws, rules, and regulations

  • Inquire about any upcoming special assessments

  • Get information regarding the 40-year recertification


Four ways to make your condo stand out


The first way is what we discussed in the last paragraph, which is to prepare the condo for the market. Make the necessary repairs, renovations, and changes to make the condo turnkey and move-in ready.


The second way to make your property stand out is with a significant online presence for your property. An online presence includes professional pictures, a video, floor plans, and a 3D tour. If you decide to list with a real estate agent, you must choose an agent who understands digital marketing.


The third way is to price smartly- this means pricing it competitively with similar properties in the same building or neighborhood. You also want to ensure that you are not overpricing your condo with comparison data.


The fourth way is making the condo assessable for showings and an immediate move-in. Although some buyers may make an offer without seeing the unit in person, the condo needs to be available for showings, inspections, appraisals, walkthroughs, and for the buyer to move in. More and more buyers moving into the Miami area are looking to live in the condo instead of for investment purposes. Many lenders require buyers to reside in the home within 60 days also. Many sellers currently have tenants in place; you may need to wait for the lease to expire, communicate with the tenant to allow access or pay the tenant to terminate the lease early.



Should you stage your condo?


A few factors go into deciding whether or not to stage your condo before putting it on the market. In my opinion, luxury condo sellers should consider staging. Luxury buyers may have higher expectations when touring condos. I'm not saying that other condos aren't worth staging, but digital staging may do the job.


Consider how much time and money you're willing to put into preparing the property for sale.

  • Is getting top dollar for your condo a priority?

  • Are you in a hurry to sell? If not, staging the condo may not be worth it.

Digital staging, in my experience, do the job for condos. It helps buyers get an idea of what they can do with the space without the seller having to pay for physical staging.


Common mistakes sellers make when selling their condo in Miami?


The most common mistake sellers make is not being realistic with pricing. Even in a seller's market, overpricing may hurt the chances of selling your condo. Many sellers in Miami overprice their condos which leads to them sitting on the market for months, even years. Overpricing leads to less interest from buyers. You must understand the value of your property in comparison with similar properties in your area and what a buyer would expect to pay for a comparable property.

Another common mistake Miami condo sellers make is not adequately preparing the condo for the market. Preparing your condo included cleaning, making repairs, and renovating. Also, many sellers do not gather documents and information regarding their condos. Due to special assessments, open or expired permits, and bad condo financials not being disclosed upfront.


The final most common mistake is hiring the wrong real estate agent or broker. I can't tell you how often I've had to deal with unprofessional real estate agents in Miami, see listings with terrible pictures, or lack essential information on the listing. You want to hire an agent in Miami that will represent you well, provide buyer agents access to the condo, make the process as seamless as possible for you, and someone who understands technology and digital marketing. A great modern agent will help you prepare for a successful sale and seamlessly guide you through the transaction.


Conclusion


To sell your condo in Miami, you'll need to consider these factors and explore your options. You'll need to price it correctly, make sure it's in good condition, and market it effectively. I hope these tips help you understand how to sell your Miami condo.

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