Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.
What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your team of Real Estate Agents once you choose one so they can adjust your selling price accordingly.
Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a team of real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. A team of real estate agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.
If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.
We will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. Our team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.
Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.
Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your team of real estate agents.
You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. We will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.
You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your team of Real Estate Agents to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.
Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.
We have been looking at homes on and off for the last 10 years, so I have been through several realtors. This past year is when we started looking, we just bought our first house in Sept 2020 and Nate was our realtor at the time. I was working with someone else and looked at several houses and put offers in and wasn't happy with the service they provided. I had several questions that went unanswered, we had to ask about houses we wanted to look at, versus the realtor telling us about homes. We were given Nate's name by a few friends that recommended him and I couldn't be happier! He actually listened to what we wanted and did all of the leg work, he...— Buyer
Nathan was recommended to me by a friend and has been excellent to work with! Every step of the way during our move to the Rochester area, Nathan has been available, dependable, honest, and a pleasure to work with. He was an integral part of helping us filter through rentals in the area when we were living in Boston and travel was impossible due to the pandemic. We kept in touch over the year, and when our focus shifted to buying a house, he was extremely effective in helping us find our home and was always just a text, email or phone call away for whatever questions we had. He made the home buying process during a crazy time a breeze, and I highly ...— Ilana A.
Nate and his team are amazing. They went above and beyond for us by both selling our home and purchasing a new home. We have had the pleasure of working with Nate for about 8 years. He is extremely patient, kind, and giving. Not only did he keep in contact with us between home sales, but he also ensures we got together at least once a year whether it was for thanksgiving pie pickup or an ice cream social. Nate spent the last 2 months showing house after house to us until we had an offer accepted. He even went so far as to do virtual showings while we had Covid. His team is the Dream Team. Thank you for all you have done for the Brown family.— Seller
Real Estate has long been a passion of ours, and our ultimate goal has always been to make people happy through building friendships and partnerships. As your Real Estate Team, we will build relationships with you, cooperating agents, and other buyers/sellers so that the number one person positioned properly is you.