- Choosing a Great Agent
- Your Home's Value
- Listing Your Home
- Custom Marketing Plan
- Staging for Success
- Receiving an Offer
- Moving Out
Choosing a Great Agent
One of the most important decisions you can make is to partner with an experienced Realtor who makes you feel comfortable. It also helps if this agent happens to be a local market expert. Fortunately you’ve come to the right place!
I am an experienced listing agent who knows what it takes to get homes sold in today’s competitive market. My marketing strategies are cutting edge, and I have helped countless sellers get their home sold for the highest price possible.
One of the keys to my success can be attributed to the strong working relationships I have developed with other agents. Buyer specialists really love to show my listings, which can result is more high-quality showings of your home.
Ready to get started? Continue reading or just pick up the phone and give me a call!
Determining Your Home's Value
The key to selling a home in today’s market lies in assigning an accurate value and pricing it correctly from the start. I have specialized training that allows me to determine the optimum listing price for your home.
I do this by conducting a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) that examines recent sales and active listings which are similar to your property. After arriving at an optimum listing price, you will have a much better idea of what your home is worth, complete with MLS data to back up my findings.
This is a critical task that should not be left to an inexperienced agent. There are lots of different approaches that be taken when determining value, which makes real estate valuation as much of an art as it is a science.
Contact me today and we can get started right away!
Listing Your Home
Once a listing price have been agreed on, we will meet to go over the necessary paperwork. I take this first step very seriously, and will thoroughly explain everything you need to sign and answer any questions you may have.
We will also schedule a time for me or one of my team members to come by and photograph your home (be sure to read the section on ‘Staging for Success’). These photos will be used in all print and online advertising.
After this is done, your home will be entered into the MLS and will officially be an active listing!
Custom Marketing Plan
My powerful marketing strategies will be implemented immediately to start generating interest in your property. This usually means a combination of print and online advertising, in addition to other activities I engage in to get your home sold.
Below is a short sampling of the tools that will be used to market your home:
- The MLS (Multiple Listing Service)
- Professionally Designed Home Flyer
- Featured Listing Status on This Website
- Great Looking Photos
- Virtual Tour with Music
- Inclusion in Print Ads
- AND LOTS MORE!
I would be happy to meet with you and provide examples of marketing efforts that have worked well in the past - just pick up the phone and give me a call!
Staging for Success
Home Staging is a proven method for increasing the success of home showings. Remember what everybody always told you about first impressions? The same is true when it comes to your home.
This means having everything clean and in its place, including large doggies who are ideally confined to an area of their own. When leaving your home, it’s always best to assume it will be shown that day, even when no showings have been scheduled.
We want buyers to walk in and start mentally placing their furniture and lifestyle needs within the context of your home. That wall of family photos and the poster-size portraits of you and your loved ones - yeah, those should probably come down for now.
It can be difficult for people to imagine living in your home when they are distracted by clutter, so a little minimization can go a long way as well. This doesn’t mean you make so many changes that your house doesn't feel like a home, but do yourself a favor and get a jumpstart on packing away some of the non-essentials.
A lockbox will placed on your property so that other agents can schedule appointments to show your home. You will receive advance notice of all showings, so you won’t have to worry about agents showing up unannounced for a showing.
In the unlikely event that a buyer stops by unannounced after seeing a sign in the yard, you should give them my business card or contact info and request that they contact me for a showing.
NEVER ALLOW AN UNSCHEDULED SHOWING OR TRY TO SHOW THE HOME YOURSELF.
My office has documented procedures in place to maximize the safety of all parties involved, and following the proper procedure enables us to keep detailed records of everyone who shows your home.
We will also send out a feedback request after each showing. This can provide valuable consumer feedback and is a good way to gauge how interested the buyers are in pursuing your home.
Receiving an Offer
Receiving an offer can be both stressful and exciting, all at the same time. For most people their home is the most valuable asset they own, so emotions can certainly come into play.
One of my jobs is to present you with all offers that come in and make sure you understand the proposed deal in its entirety. I will answer any questions you may have and obtain clarification on any remaining items.
I will also help you gauge the quality of the offer by putting into the context of recent comparable sales. If an offer is too low or the stipulations unfavorable, we will draft a counter-offer based on the terms you deem acceptable.
My goal is to make selling a home as stress-free and seamless as possible. Having completed this process many times with great success, I look forward to providing you with a stress-free experience.
As touched on in the ‘Receiving an Offer’ section, sometimes an offer may be close but not close enough. You may require an adjustment to the terms or offer price in order to make the deal worth your while.
That’s where I come in. After countless hours of real-world negotiation and specialized training, I have developed quite a knack for putting together good deals. I also have excellent working relationships with other agents in our area, and many look forward to selling homes that I have listed.
Don’t leave the sale and negotiation of your most valuable asset to chance; enlist my services and feel confident that you are in good hands.
After getting your home under contract, there will be an inspection period during which the buyers can thoroughly inspect the property. If previously unknown defects are uncovered during the inspection period, you and the seller will have the opportunity to negotiate what repairs (if any) will be made and who will be responsible for paying.
If you are unable to come to an agreement with the buyer, they will generally have the option of either purchasing the property anyway or walking away with their earnest money refunded.
Many buyers choose to get a home inspection, so be sure to list any known problems in the property disclosure forms I provide you during the listing process.
Time to Close!
It is very important to show up on time for your closing. If you are running late or anticipate any delays, please let me know immediately so that I can inform the title company.
Some closings are conducted face-to-face with the buyers, while others are closed with both parties in separate locations.
Make sure you have your drivers license, passport or military ID with you for closing. These documents are required for all parties who are listed on the title.
Once all documents have been signed and notarized, you will get paid and can out to celebrate!
The date the buyers officially take possession of the home will be specified in the contract, so you will know this date well ahead of closing time.
While many buyers take possession right after the closing, occasionally the buyer possession date will be further out. This is most common in situations where the closing date of the home you are buying takes place after the closing date of the home you are selling.
In cases such as this, you will generally pay rent for the time you remain in the home after closing.