When you make the decision to sell your home, the goal is to get the best price and the most favorable terms in a timeframe that meets your needs. That's why many sellers choose to work with a full-service, licensed real estate professional, like myself. From effective pricing and marketing to making sure the closing process runs smoothly, I will provide expert representation and support every step of the way.
My goals Provide information about the current market and work with you to set a price accordingly Provide global exposure so more buyers and agents see your property for sale through extensive marketing outreach Communicate regularly so you can make informed decisions throughout the entire sales process Help you understand all the terms, processes, and paperwork involved Serve as your advocate and negotiate the most favorable terms from pricing to closing Provide you with a peace-of-mind that all details are being handled in a professional and efficient manner Answer the phone when you call, return your emails, texts and other forms of communications promptly
THE SELLING PROCESS Get Ready to Sell You’ve made the decision to sell. So, now what? Every house is as unique as the person who owns it, but when you put your home on the market, there are some universal truths you should abide by if you want to make even the most humble of abodes look like a million bucks. It all starts with the “3 C’s”: curb appeal, clutter (as in de-clutter), and cleanliness. The list below will walk you through this and everything else you need to know about getting a home in ship shape for selling.
Representation My job is to represent your best interests through every step of the sales process. I will listen to your needs and understand the market in which you are selling a home. I am in an expert in marketing, negotiation, transaction forms, and finance options, as well as I have an understanding of technology and how it can enhance the marketing of your home.
Price Determining the right price is hands-down the most important part of achieving the highest return in the least amount of time. There are a lot of factors that go into determining a home’s market value, such as the sales price of nearby homes that have recently sold, the listing price of similar homes that are currently on the market, as well as the condition and location of a home. In order to determine pricing, I will provide a comparable market analysis which walks you through what your home is worth – and why.
Prep Work First impressions are key when selling a home, so before the ‘for sale’ sign goes up, put in the time to make sure it’s in ship shape, click here. Fresh paint, clean closets, and flowers – there’s a lot you can do to make even the most humble of abodes look like a million bucks. Check out my Get Ready To Sell checklist for a list of ideas and tips.
Marketing Your Home Creating a plan to market your home will help attract the interest of the right buyer. Today, the vast majority of homebuyers use the internet in their home search, so your marketing plan should include focused online activities, in addition to print advertising and open houses. I also incorporate old fashioned word of mouth advertising, your home is shared throughout my vast network of vendors and business partners in the area.
Home Showings Showings are an inconvenient, yet necessary part of the home selling process. When your home is on the market it has the potential to be shown at any time, so it's important to maintain a certain level of cleanliness; clear dishes from the sink, make beds, put away dirty laundry, and vacuum and dust regularly. It's also a good idea to clear out; it makes buyers uncomfortable to tour a home when the owners are in the next room, so for the sake of your sale, vacate your home for showings.
Purchase And Sale Agreement Once an offer on a property has been made by a buyer and accepted by the seller, they enter into a legally binding contract known as a Purchase and Sale Agreement. This document outlines the specific terms and conditions of the transaction and is acknowledged by both parties by the signing of the document.
Inspection Once a buyer and seller reach mutual acceptance on a property, a home inspector is hired to investigate every nook and cranny to determine if the home is in need of any repairs. An inspector will check items, such as the roof, attic, water heater, air-conditioning system, structure, plumbing, and electrical. Afterwards, buyers will have a chance to negotiate with the sellers to cover the costs of certain repairs or to ask for concessions.
Negotiation Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, negotiation is the key to getting the best deal. Negotiations can involve everything from settling on a sales price to concessions and financing. As your agent, you can rest assured, I too am an expert negotiator, whose job it is to represent your interests during the give and take of a real estate transaction.
Escrow Once the offer is accepted and a closing date agreed upon, escrow allows the buyer and the seller to have an outside party ensure all parts of the contact are complete. I will help coordinate the completion of all necessary forms to the escrow company and monitor the escrow process until the transaction is complete.
Closing At closing, all the paperwork is signed by the buyer and seller, both parties pay any settlement fees and the documents are officially recorded. Prior to closing, you'll receive a settlement statement outlining any fees which may apply to you.