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 Realtor® once you choose one so he or she 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 real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An 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 agent.
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. I 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 Realtor® 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.
Cecelia was absolutely fantastic. She was quick to respond. Was able to help me with lots of options. When it came time to closing on my rental property, she was amazing at helping with little details in my lease. If you're looking for someone to help you find your future home or rental, she is the absolute best!— Seller
Cecelia was actually referred to us by my mom because we were having a difficult time getting started. We’re first time homebuyers so we have/had a lot to learn but Cecelia (and Amanda, our lender) made the process easy to navigate. Right from the beginning she was quick to set up viewings on houses we were interested in and gave genuine feedback when we really needed it. Ken and I have different work schedules and she was able to accommodate and was really quick about answering questions we might’ve had no matter the time of day. Follow up and communication was a really big factor me so I was very happy that we finally found a team that also had th...— Stephanie D.
Selling your house can be stressful. That is why partnering with the right Realtor® is key. I feel like it was serendipitous that AOG Realestate was our Realtor®. They are not only professional, very thorough, savvy, and get results. Before our house was listed we had people wanting to look at it. It was sold quickly and we were well informed every step of the way. We would not have wanted to have this experience with anyone else. We didn't have a bit of stress and knew we could depend on our Realtor® to keep us informed and on track. I highly recommend AOGThanks for everything!— Buyer | Seller
I recently had the pleasure of working with Amber for the sale of my home and the purchase of a condo. She effectively handled both transactions concurrently and kept me abreast of every detail. It's well known that the home buying/selling process can be tricky. Amber was always available to answer any questions that I had or to explain something that I did not understand. She is knowledgeable and a dedicated professional, someone that I would certainly recommend to my family and friends.— Laronda S.
Amber is the absolute best! As our Realtor®, she went above and beyond to meet our house purchasing needs. She was very attentive to my husband and me and helped us "first-time buyers" understand all of the ins and outs of buying a house. Amber helped us get the best bang for our buck by negotiating and staying firm with our offer! Please, if you are in the market for buying or leasing, check out Amber!— Rosetta T.
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Amber provides exceptional service and she was well versed in her knowledge of the real estate industry. It was a speedy and smooth process. It was a pleasure working with her and I will be using her services again.— Riann D.
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