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Selling our apartment. Any advice?

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Selling our apartment. Any advice?

Postby marasan » 12 Aug 2015, 09:59

My wife and I have decided to sell our apartment. Our daughter is changing schools and her new school is in an area of Taipei that my wife and I really like. It's a little more complicated than that but this was what got us initially considering moving to the neighborhood where the new school is.

So can any of you that sold an apartment give some advice on how best to approach this? We will definitely be doing things through people we know. Even at this initial step of deciding on the asking price, we have contacted our dai-su and asked for her help. Besides this (of doing everything through personal contacts in the business), what else should we be doing?

I see there's a thread below related to something to be wary about when dealing with real estate agents and I found that very helpful. I wonder what else we should be cautious about.
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Re: Selling our apartment. Any advice?

Postby Incubus » 12 Aug 2015, 10:50

Exposure is key if you want to get rid of it fast. Yes, be careful when dealing with real estate agents, but the biggest benefit from signing with a real estate agency is that your property will be on the agency's website, and 9 out of 10 people shop for property online nowadays. Yungching and Xinyi are the biggest real estate agencies here. Also, it wouldn't hurt to do some staging, something that's largely overlooked here. Get rid of clutter and maybe repaint the rooms. Proper staging will make your apartment stand out and attract potential buyers.
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Re: Selling our apartment. Any advice?

Postby marasan » 12 Aug 2015, 12:11

Incubus wrote:Exposure is key if you want to get rid of it fast. Yes, be careful when dealing with real estate agents, but the biggest benefit from signing with a real estate agency is that your property will be on the agency's website, and 9 out of 10 people shop for property online nowadays. Yungching and Xinyi are the biggest real estate agencies here. Also, it wouldn't hurt to do some staging, something that's largely overlooked here. Get rid of clutter and maybe repaint the rooms. Proper staging will make your apartment stand out and attract potential buyers.


Thanks for that info. I guess, then, we will contact a real estate agency, but I think I'll set things up so that they are contacting our dai-su rather than us directly. I really don't trust those people.

And that's good advice regarding the staging. I know a clean and clutter-free place always made an impression on me when I looked at places to buy or rent. But I do need to somehow talk my wife into throwing away all the junk we've accumulated over the years.
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Re: Selling our apartment. Any advice?

Postby urodacus » 12 Aug 2015, 12:31

well, you'll have to do that before you move anyway, so best get it over with soon.
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Re: Selling our apartment. Any advice?

Postby marasan » 12 Aug 2015, 15:52

urodacus wrote:well, you'll have to do that before you move anyway, so best get it over with soon.


This is assumes that my wife is swayed by logic and reason.
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