In today's economy, it's tough enough to sell just one home in a neighborhood. But when there are multiple "for sale" signs on the same street, sellers often fear they're in for an especially long, trying experience.

A crowded market creates visions of price wars among neighbors who've lived on the same block or condo for years. Sellers may also worry that potential buyers will conclude that something must be wrong with the neighborhood if everyone wants to leave.

Here are seven things you can do to improve your odds of a sale when the neighbors are selling, too.

1. What strategies are you using to make your home stand out?

2. 'Sell' The Key Biscayne Lifestyle.

These days, it's not enough to simply sell your home; you also have to go the extra mile to promote Key Biscayne and it's many attractions, beach, golf course, bike paths, parks, security...you get the idea.

Help your buyer get past the fear that something may be wrong with the neighborhood by describing why your community is great.

Another way to plug the neighborhood is to write a seller's letter to potential buyers that anticipates and answers likely questions.

Explain why you are moving, assuming it's for a positive reason, and how you're leaving something great behind. Give the impression that you're happily moving away, not that you're happy to be moving away.

Make copies of the letter and place them alongside your fliers, brochures and other important sales material.

3. Give easy access to your home.

When several of your neighbors are selling, too, it's best to be prepared to show the home quickly.

If there are multiple listings in your area, you'll probably have a higher number of impulse house showings.

Your online presence is very important. Go with a tech savvy real estate agent and company. Google rankings are extremely important during these times.

It's reasonable to expect people to give notice before showing up on your doorstep, but don't make potential buyers jump through hoops before they can see your home.

Severely restricting the hours your residence is available for showings could cost you a prospect.

4. Stage your home

Home staging means decorating your dwelling in a way that appeals to a potential buyer. a good book on the subject is: " The complete idiot's guide to staging your home."

When done right, your home can really stand out from the others in the neighborhood.

Top home-staging tips include:

  • Make sure address numbers are clear and easy to see from the curb.
  • Add lighting to make the house look great at night. People often do an evening 'drive-by' before they decide to ask for a showing.
  • Clean and de-clutter. Mail, bathroom toiletries and kids' toys need to be out of view.
  • Depersonalize. The knickknacks that make a house a home can distract buyers from visualizing a property as their own, so remove personal items such as family photographs, trophies and vacation pictures.
  • Stylize the home with up-to-date designs. Doing something simple, such as placing a slipcover over an old sofa, can greatly improve a room's appearance.

Home staging is essential because even in this tough market, buyers tend to choose a home based on emotion rather than price. "Consumers are price savvy, and they'll make sure they're getting a good buy, but it is the emotional appeal of a nice-looking home that seals the deal.

For sellers who want extra decorating, can hire a professional home stager.

One advantage is, there are tips to a homeowner that the real-estate agent might be reluctant to share. For example, if a house smells bad, the home stager can break the news to the owner and offer constructive suggestions for eliminating the odor.

Home stagers can be the bad guy in many situations, in most cases, the owner is grateful for the feedback.

Fees for home stagers vary according to the level of service needed.. An initial consultation with recommendations usually costs between $100 and $400.

Sellers who plan to stage their homes should complete major cosmetic improvement projects, such as replacing worn carpet. Buyers are more reluctant to take on even minor fixer-uppers in this economy..

People have tighter budgets, and lenders have even tighter loan restrictions, so buyers don't necessarily have the extra $2,000 out of pocket to put into a new home. The places that look like they're in move-in condition will be more appealing.