Seller Step by Step

Seller Step by Step Closing Once we survive the Inspection Period, the appraisal came as he wanted and all of the repairs, if any, are completed, be aware that if your buyer is financing the purchase, during the underwriting process it’s possible that your buyer’s financing could fall through. It could be caused by new debt, missed payments or an […]
Seller Step by Step Step 1: Find a Realtor. Find Your Advocate. Many homeowners start the selling process by looking at sites such as, Zillow, Redfin or Trulia to see what similar properties have recently sold for in their neighborhood to determine the current value of their home. That’s fine and understandable, but keep in mind: The sites aren’t 100% accurate, because listings that were never […]
Seller Step by Step Step 2: You’ve Hired a Realtor. Now What? You’ve picked ME as your Realtor (Yay!). Now we need to get your home ready for the market. This involves: More paperwork Selling your home involves a lot of paperwork. Review the Listing Agreement and Disclosures for the information you’ll be asked to provide. I know… seems like A LOT, right? But don’t worry, you picked the […]
Seller Step by Step Step 3: Time to Declutter and Stage Your Home Whitney Vredenburgh   |   Nested Spaces   | Tips and Tricks from Nested Spaces PDF Once all the paperwork is complete, it’s time to get your house ready to attract those buyers! I go above and beyond the average agent by hiring a professional photographer to shoot each home I sell. I pay a stager to […]
Seller Step by Step Step 4: Conduct a Pre-market Inspection I am a big believer in pre-market inspections, especially for single-family homes. This means you pay an inspector to inspect your home before it goes on the market. The cost is usually between $400 – $700. You can then fix any items that come up in the inspection report before the home goes on the […]
Seller Step by Step Step 5: Repair Time If you did a pre-market inspection, we will already have a list of items that need to be fixed. If you didn’t, and your dishwasher hasn’t been working for years or your AC unit has been making lots of noise, we need to know. We can have those items repaired before your home goes on the […]
Seller Step by Step Step 6: Deep Clean Once all repairs are completed, give the home a deep cleaning. This should ideally be done the day before or the morning of the photography appointment. Your home needs to be sparkling clean, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, as nothing turns a buyer off more than a dirty home. If you don’t want to personally clean, […]
Seller Step by Step Step 7: Professional Photography   We’re so close to getting your home on the market! The last step is professional photography. I’ll notify you of the appointment a few days in advance. Photo sessions take between 1 – 2 hours for condos and 2 – 4 hours for single-family homes/townhouses, depending on the size. You do not need to […]
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Seller Step by Step Step 8: Pre-Market Your Home While the professional photos are being edited, we’ll market your home to other Realtors before it’s even on the market (it’s what’s called a pocket listing) by executing the strategies below. We’ll discuss which tactics make the most sense for your property and situation: Advertise your home via Century 21 email and Facebook groups for […]
Seller Step by Step Step 9: My Property is Live In The BLC   Syndicating Your Listing. Once your property goes live in the BLC, I will syndicate your home to the rest of the real estate websites such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, etc. This process takes 24 – 48 hours depending on the site, so be patient. Congratulations, your home is now on the market! All the […]
Seller Step by Step Step 10: Putting Your Listing on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor   Once your property goes live in the BLC, I will syndicate your home to the rest of the real estate websites such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, etc. This process takes 24 – 48 hours depending on the site, so be patient. Going forward, each Monday morning we will send you a report showing how […]
Seller Step by Step Step 11: Time For Showings   Fabulous news! We have our first showing request!! Here are a few things to keep in mind before every showing: Have your home look just like it did for the photographs (clean, dishes put away, beds made, pet bowls and kid’s toys put away, etc.) Put all toilet lids down. Open all curtains/blinds. Turn […]
Seller Step by Step Step 12: The First Week Your Home is On the Market   The first week your home is on the market, there are two fundamental metrics that we keep a close eye on: Number of Showings Our goal is to have 5 – 10 showings the first week your home is on the market. If we don’t have at least 5 showings, we have a problem. […]
Seller Step by Step Step 13: We’ve Received an Offer! Fabulous! We’ve got our first offer. We’ll review it carefully together. There are a few main points we want you to pay particular attention to in the offer. Offer price What price did you want for your home? What is the least amount you’d be willing to take? How does this offer compare? Closing timeframe […]
Seller Step by Step Step 14: Congratulations, We Have an Accepted Offer! Congratulations, I’m so happy for you! Now What? Once we’ve signed all the documents, we have an Accepted Purchase Agreement or an executed contract.  We’ll send a copy of the executed contract to the buyer’s lender and the inspection period can officially begin the next day. You will receive a Next Steps Letter from my office, […]
Seller Step by Step Step 15: We Couldn’t Come to an Agreement Now what? Unfortunately, sometimes we aren’t able to come to an agreement with the buyer. If so, it’s disappointing, but the best thing we can do is move on quickly and look forward.  We’ll continue with showings, open houses, marketing, etc.  Keep your chin up. We’ll find the right buyer.      
Seller Step by Step Step 16: The Home Inspection   The buyer’s Realtor will schedule the inspection through Showing Time, and you will confirm or decline.  Most inspectors do not work evenings or weekends so usually the inspection takes place on a weekday during business hours. It’s essential that the home inspection occur quickly as it often takes the inspector 1-2 days to write […]
Seller Step by Step Step 17: The Appraisal   If the buyer is purchasing the home with a mortgage, the lender will require that an appraisal be conducted. So, what is an appraisal? I highly recommend this article from the  National Association of Realtors on Appraisals, filled with all of the answers you’re looking for. Who orders the appraisal? The buyer’s mortgage lender orders […]
Seller Step by Step Step 18: Schedule the Closing Date on Your Calendar Now that the Inspection and Appraisal period has ended, it’s safe to put the closing date on your calendar.  The sellers and buyers attend closing with their agents, along with a title officer.        
Seller Step by Step Step 19: Hire Movers and Start Packing!   Now that you are through the inspection and appraisal process, it’s time to hire movers and start packing! Call now to get moving estimates and secure a mover as they often get booked up weeks in advance. Also, if you’re moving into a condo building check with the HOA president or property management company to […]