Selling Your Home
First of all, if you are thinking of selling your home in the near term or in the future, please call, text, email, or register on this website. Selling your home is what we do for a living. Our success is based on providing you with outstanding advice and effort to achieve the optimum result in selling your home.
Most agents will print out a CMA from a tool built on many agents’ mls platform. We are different. We want to learn about your needs by seeing your home and determining what we need to do to successfully sell your home. We want to use our knowledge of the market to benefit you. We also want to use our knowledge of the appraisal and banking process in order to be in the best position to close at the contract price.
In thinking of selling your home, it is helpful to consider the time line from start to finish. You may click on the below image to enlarge.
If you’re planning to sell your home and want some preliminary information of your home’s worth, be sure to visit our WHAT’S MY HOME WORTH page. We will run a CMA, as other agents will, but we will also incorporate some of our proprietary data and knowledge of the current market to provide you with a range of your home’s worth.What’s My Home Worth?
What does 312 Estates’ Listing Services Provide?
- Provide expert advice in getting your home ready to sell
- No cost to the client unless the property closes
- However, we do provide 3rd party staging, contract services, large scale new development marketing services for an additional cost
- High resolution digital photography
- Floor Plans with home planner so potential buyers can determine if their furniture will fit in the property
- Website with our proprietary tracking coding system
- Your home will be prominently displayed on paid 3rd party websites like Zillow and Trulia, as well as other Real Estate Brokerages where buyers will see your home’s pictures and details
- Manage the inspection process
- Manage earnest money escrows
- Oversee the appraisal process
- Manage final walk through
We don’t only want to be your agent for this transaction…We want to be your Real Estate Resource for LIFE!
Our business is built upon referrals from satisfied clients who refer their friends and family to us!
Common steps to selling your home:
Preparing your Home for Market
Well before you’re ready to plant that “For Sale” sign in your front yard, there is work to be done to prepare your home for sale. Remember how keen your eye was to every small detail and defect in the houses you saw as a buyer? Now that door to your bedroom that never quite closed properly or that leaky faucet that you never got around to fixing will be seen by a potential buyer with that same keen eye.
Start making the obvious repairs today – even if you don’t plan to sell until a year from now. These repairs can cost money and take time. Plus fixing it now will allow you to enjoy the results before it’s time to move out.
If you plan on doing some improvements before the sale, the best place to start is where the buyers start: at your curb. Potential buyers base a large part of their decision on a property’s “curb appeal,” so make yours say something positive. That means a tidy front of your home or condo should be a welcoming entryway.
Inside, the biggest return on your investment continues to be improvements to the kitchen, followed closely by improvements to the master bedroom and bathroom. If you’re making these improvements shortly before selling the home, consider painting and decorating the rooms in neutral colors, the most appealing choice to the greatest number of potential buyers. We can help so do not hesitate to call us to receive suggestions and connections with contractors.
Inside and outside, start reducing the clutter. When it comes time to show your home, less will mean more. Potential buyers don’t want to see your closets overflow with clothes or every room cramped with furniture. So downsize now. It not only will make the preparation for showing your home easier but also will make packing for your move faster.
Get Your Paperwork Together
When you meet with your new listing agent, he/she will need a lot of documents from you to prepare your home for sale. Among the things he/she will want to see are:
- Pay-off Notice: A letter to the lender stating intention to payoff the mortgage
- Assessments or Easements: If there’s a tax assessment or easement on the property, documents stating such will have to be included in the purchase contract.
- Property Taxes: Proof of property taxes paid
- Utilities: Provide a record of the past 12 months’ utility bills
You’ll want to make it clear now which items in the home you want to take with you – the heirloom chandelier in the dining room, the washer and dryer set you just bought last month – and which can stay behind as part of the home sale. Your real estate professional can help show you which items you should put away or replace before your home goes on the market.
Pricing your Home
There are a number of factors that will affect the success of your home sale including:
- location of the home
- interest rates
- economic conditions
- time of year
- condition of the home
- marketing the home
- terms of the sale
- accessibility to the home
Some of these are not within your or your listing agent’s control – location of the home, interest rates, economic conditions. The other factors are items you should discuss with your real estate professional to determine what would benefit the sale of this property most.
For example, marketing your property in more innovative ways, such as on an Internet site like this one or realtor.com, may broaden the pool of potential buyers. Selling your home during the spring or fall, the most popular home buying seasons, may help to make your home sell faster. Pricing the home properly can make a huge difference in whether a home is snapped up within the first several weeks of listing or sits on the market for more than a year. To price a home properly, your real estate professional will have to study the local market, research comparable properties and consider current market conditions. This is where the “comparative marketing analysis” will come in handy as a place to start.
- Your competition: Are there many properties just like yours for sale in your area right now?
- Listing prices: What are other properties like yours listing for?
- Selling prices: What have other properties like yours sold for recently?
Based on these findings, your real estate professional should have the experience to help price your property at the right price for a sale that benefits you.
Be reasonable about the price you set. You will always be better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price high expecting that someone will come along and be willing to pay it. If your home stays on the market too long because it is overpriced, potential buyers may think that something is wrong with it, and you may end up selling it for less than what you could have received if you had started out with a realistic asking price.
Marketing your Home
Products that sell well usually have a good marketing strategy. The same can be said for your home. Work with your real estate professional to decide where you want to advertise. Will the home be advertised only with a yard sign? One of the best advertisements that we do is to actually advertise to all the realtors in the area; they are the ones with clients that are ready to buy right now.
Decide what information should be included in the description of your home that will make it a must-see and hopefully, a must-buy. Include one or more photos of the home to showcase the most appealing features of your property to help remind potential buyers of what they saw as they visit home after home.
You may even want to include a few lines about benefits of moving to this property, such as good schools, convenience to mass transit and other desirable community features.
Prepare Your Home for Showing
You’ll be thrilled that you did the hard work of Step 1 (Prepare Your Home for Sale) now that there’s little time left to get your home ready for visitors.
Now is the time to put on the finishing touches, just like that quick housecleaning you do before guests come for dinner.
- Keep your lawn trimmed
- Rose bushes pruned
- Weeds tamed
- Put away the garden hose and the tools
- Make sure the bulbs in your home’s exterior lighting fixtures are all in working order
- Be vigilant about removing flyers, handouts and newspapers left on your front doorstep or driveway
- Brighten the rooms by opening the drapes
- Turn on the lights
- Clean the windows
- Clear the clutter on the kitchen counter, bathroom sink, coffee table, and couches
- Make all the beds
- Clean all your bathroom and kitchen fixtures
- Do a quick vacuuming of the entire home
- Catch any cobwebs in the corners along the ceiling
- Finally, take out the garbage
- If you have pets, find a safe place to keep them during a home showing
Now leave the work to your real estate professional. Try to be away from home during a showing, but if you happen to be home when the potential buyers arrive, greet them at the door and politely excuse yourself. Make yourself scarce or go take a walk. It’s easier for a buyer to picture himself/herself living in the home when you’re not there. This is your home’s time to shine.
The Offer Process
Depending on market conditions, you may receive one or more offers for your property from interested buyers.
Each offer will include the sale price, proposed closing date, proposed move-in date, financing, and contingencies that may include an appraisal or sale of the buyers’ current home. Let your real estate professional help you sort through the variables to determine whether you should accept, counter-offer, or reject the offer.
If there are multiple offers, each offer will be presented to you in the order registered. You don’t need to decide anything until after you’ve seen all the offers. If you do accept or counter more than one offer, you are required to establish an order of precedence noting which is the primary offer, followed by the backups in order. This will help you avoid selling the house to more than one buyer.
Once you have accepted an offer to buy your home, expect to make your home available to a housing inspector, a termite inspector and an appraiser.
After seeing the results of the inspections, the buyer may request additional work to be completed before purchase, such as repairing a damaged roof or fixing a leaky faucet. You should consult with your real estate professional to determine whether to comply with the buyer’s request or risk losing this offer.
During this flurry of activity, try to keep your home in show condition. The deal has not closed and still may fall through, which may mean showing your home to more potential buyers.
In the meantime, the buyer is working with a lender to secure a loan for the purchase. When the buyer has written loan approval, a closing date can be set.
The Closing Process
There will be a final walk-through before all signatures are collected and the deal is considered done. The buyer will go room by room to check that everything is in working condition and, if you had agreed to do so, any additional work requested after inspection is completed.
Now you can prepare for your own move. Notify your utility companies of the date to transfer your account to a new address and start packing.
Congratulations, you’ve sold your home!What’s My Home Worth?