My Top Simple Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

Dated: 09/12/2019

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Selling a home in 2019 is much different than it was 20 years ago. 

Here are some simple, but important, tips for success.

By Dorine Wollangk, Florida Realtor® with LoKation Real Estate

There are countless articles on the internet explaining how best to sell a home and things to avoid based on changes in the real estate market over time. Some of those articles do hold value, but I wanted to provide you with a few of my own digestible top tips for selling your first home in 2019-2020. These are simple and entirely based on common sense, though can also be easily forgotten or overlooked. So grab your notebook or ‘bookmark’ this blog and share it with someone you know, and let’s dive in.

Tip #1 - Update & Design

Making your home look as modern and up-to-date as possible is an obvious tip for success, but what many home sellers miss are the subtle details. If you’ve been in your home for a while, you may no longer see the bright yellow wall in the living room or the dated knobs and switches, but applying some fresh, neutral paint over any loud of faded colors, and updating things like knobs, switches, handles, and outlets can make a big difference in overall appearance and perception. 

Tip #2 - Higher Value Property? Hire a Professional Photographer 

If a home buyer doesn’t like the first photo they see in the listing, they likely won’t keep scrolling through to see the others. Many home sellers of higher value properties try to stage and take their own photos, but if the lighting is too dim or bright or the photo is tilted and has a little timestamp on the bottom of it, this can make the house seem sub-par, which is opposite to the message you’re trying to convey. Having properly-lit and professionally shot photos or videos by a real estate photographer (like Mymi Photography Artworks!) or videographer for your higher-value property listing will be worth it in the long run. 

Tip #3 - Stage for the Agent and/or Realtor®

Many first-time home sellers think that the purpose of staging a home is to create the ideal, magazine-version of your home that a buyer would fall in love with right away. Having nice furniture (rent it if you need to!) and modern style is definitely important, but the thing to remember about staging is this: you want to create the opportunity for the potential home buyer to be able to envision themselves living there, or for the agent to be able to see this home as an option for their buyer(s). For that reason, you want to keep things as neutral, open, and clean as possible, and remove anything that might distract from that objective. Remember to remove any trash, clean well, pick up any toys, remove any excessive family or personal photos, and make sure the house smells good. 

Tip #4 - Don’t Settle for Less!

You may have heard advice to list your home so it shows up as the highest priced property in a lower pricing threshold in a website’s sort or filter, if you’re selling the house yourself, or to generally just go lower in price to get more interest. You don’t need to do this! A Realtor’s job is to get interest for a property at or above the asking price. If working with a Realtor might get you more, why would you ever settle for less?

Tip #5 - Work with a Trusted Realtor®

My last big tip is this - find a licensed Realtor (not to be confused with a licensed Real Estate Agent. Not sure of the difference? See my note below.) that you can trust that is going to help you execute the best strategy to get the maximum benefit in the end. Your Realtor should have a good plan laid out and not only know the local real estate market, but have a good understanding of the market temperature as well and know the best time to sell. Those details can play a big role in helping or inhibiting you from selling your home, especially if you’re hoping for a quick turnaround.

Those are my simple tips for selling your home in 2019. Straight-forward and sensible. If you or someone you know is selling for the first time, or if its been a while since you last sold, I invite you to email me with any questions.


Although both must be licensed to sell real estate, the main difference between a Real Estate Agent and a REALTOR® is that the latter is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and has therefore subscribed to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, which includes 17 articles. An agent must simply be licensed.

Need help selling your home, estate, or property? Contact me by phone at 561-350-3838 or by email at, and I'll get you started.


With over 30 years’ experience in Real Estate, and having helped thousands of in and out-of-state clients find their next home, Dorine’s dedication to and deep knowledge of the Real Estate market in Broward, South Palm Beach, and Miami Dade counties has placed her as a top agent, and has led many of her clients to return for their future and recurring property needs. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, seller, renter, or investor, Dorine will be there for you until the keys are in your hands.


Florida Property Locations Served: Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Wilton Manors, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Parkland, and Deerfield Beach.

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Dorine Wollangk

Finding your next property, especially from out-of-state, can be challenging. With over 30 years’ experience in Real Estate, I am passionate about helping my clients find the property they desire ....

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