Selling your home is a big decision. With the right agent in your corner the process will move along smoothly, and you will be ready to make new memories in your next home.
Listing paperwork completed - Your agent helps fill out the listing paperwork and answers any questions you might have.
Home goes on the market and marketing begins - Your agent should identify the sizzling selling points and choose advertising words to sell. Agent will then create a marketing campaign to attract the right buyers for your house. We market your house on more than 30 websites and start Facebook marketing campaign.
Offer is made - A buyer (with their agent) approaches your agent and makes an offer to buy your house.Even if you receive a low-ball offer, negotiate by issuing a counter offer. Don't ignore offers. Ask for a kick out clause or first right of refusal if the buyer's offer is contingent on selling a home. Consider making a counter offer contingent on buying a home, if market conditions warrant. If you are priced competitively, don't be afraid to make a full-price counter offer and prepare yourself for multiple offers.
Negotiations with buyer - Your agent helps you negotiate the best value for your house
Home inspections - A buyer or their loan company will schedule home inspections to verify that your house does not have any critical home repairs. You may also choose to make your own home inspection. Ask your agent to provide you with a home inspection checklist so you will know which items an inspector will want to see. Expect that the inspector will want access for an attic inspection and will look for a wet basement; prepare those areas for inspection. Prepare as well for the final walk-through inspection. If your contract calls for a roof certification, hire a reputable company to conduct the inspection. The fees for all inspection reports, even if seller-mandated, are negotiable. If your home was built before 1950, a sewer inspection might call for a new sewer line, but trench-less sewers are less expensive to install.
Open Escrow / Order Title - Your agent will open escrow and order a title policy.Write down the contact information for the closing agent. Select a date to close based on when the buyer's loan will fund. Ask for a receipt for the buyer's earnest money deposit.
Appraisal - Clean the house the day before the appraiser arrives. If you receive a low appraisal, ask your agent about alternatives.
You are not entitled to receive a copy of the appraisal because you did not pay for it.
Necessary home repairs completed - Ordinarily, sellers do not need to accept a buyer's request for repair; however, buyers can generally then cancel. You are entitled to a copy of the home inspection report, if the buyers request repairs. If you do not choose to make repairs, a buyer might instead accept a closing cost credit.
Sign Title and Escrow documents - Your agent will help you review the title and escrow documents. You will sign escrow documents near closing. Bring a valid picture ID.
Close Escrow - Your property deed, re-conveyance and deed of trust will record in the public records. Title will notify you and your agent when it records. Depending on buyer's possession rights specified in the contract, you may be required to move on the day it closes.
I hope this overview was helpful and know that when you are ready to sell your home, you will reach out to me to help you every step of the way.
Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower it later if the house fails to sell. But that can result in a slower sale – sometimes even at a lower price. Typically, the first 30 days’ activity of your house being on the market is always the best activity you’re going to see. If the price is too high, many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you’re not serious about selling or you’re unwilling to negotiate.
This could mean adding new sod, planting flowers, painting the front door or replacing the mailbox. Prospective buyers form an opinion the moment they spot the home. Curb appeal is critical to first impression. Driving into the driveway and walking into that front door sets the expectations.
New fixtures, fresh paint and updated landscaping are all fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover. Making your house attractive and in line with current market conditions and what’s in style will help you find buyers quicker and closer to your asking price. Have you heard of Kitchen sells houses? Well, that's true, update your kitchen and you will see the difference..
The fewer things there are in the home, the larger it will look, so remove knickknacks and excess furniture. Also take down family photos, religious items and political posters so prospective buyers can envision their family in the house, not yours. Finally, you may want to hire a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning.
The more flexible you are about the visits, the more people will be able to see your home. Be ready for prospective visitors early in the morning, at night and on weekends, with little notice. Also, leave when the house is shown so would-be buyers can feel free to move about without feeling like intruders and discuss the home's pros and cons honestly. If you have odd rooms with no obvious role, give them one. An odd alcove off the kitchen could be staged as an office or a pantry, for example.
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