1. Listing Your Home
Deciding to sell your home is a big decision that can foster apprehension, excitement, or both. I believe that part of my job is making it as easy as possible for you so that you feel comfortable during this adjustment phase. Part of that is being available to answer any questions you may have and by explaining the process clearly and thoroughly. Below are just the basic steps to selling your home. Throughout the process, I will guide you step by step.
2. Prepare To Sell
Before being placed on the market, homes should be in “show” condition. I will explain what repairs and upgrades are needed which are most likely to produce the best results. It is important for a seller to look at their home through the eyes of a buyer.
Each home is unique and the marketplace is always in flux. Interest rates and lending guidelines change, supply and demand adjusts, and affordability varies. With such fluidity, it requires a custom-made marketing plan specifically for individual homes and market conditions. I have a marketing process that gets your home the best exposure. We will meet to discuss the plan and how I will tailor it for your home, to get you optimum results.
When an offer is received, there are many questions to ask, to determine if it is an offer you would take. Is the purchase price what you are looking for? Did the buyer ask you to complete any repairs? Are they asking for any credits or warranties? Is their financing solid? Is the closing date acceptable? What should you counter-offer? In each case, owners will need to carefully review offers, consider marketplace options and then determine whether an offer is acceptable.
Now that everyone has agreed on the terms and conditions of the sale, it is time to execute the agreement. Typically the closing time is about 30-45 days, but can vary. The buyer will submit their deposit; obtain their financing, and complete inspections. It is the responsibility of the seller to make their home available to the inspectors and appraiser and to keep it in the same physical condition as when the offer was made. Both the buyer and seller’s agents work together to ensure everything is completed and completed on time. A couple days prior to the closing date, the seller will meet with the escrow officer to sign off on title documents. On the closing date the buyer will get the keys. Congratulations you successfully sold your home!