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Deciding to Sell
So you have decided to sell your property. Before anything else, it is a good idea to sit down and clarify your motivations and draw up a basic time frame for the selling process.
Why do you want to sell your property? Do you intend to find a larger or smaller property or do you plan on moving to another neighborhood, school district, city or state? You might think your reasons are obvious, but it would do well to consider the implications of each option for your lifestyle, opportunities, and finances. Being clear about your intentions for selling will make it easier for us to determine the most appropriate option for your specified financial, lifestyle, and real estate goals.
When Should I Sell?
You should establish your time frame for selling. If you need to sell quickly, we can speed up the process by giving you a complete market analysis and action plan to obtain all of your goals. If there is no pressing need to sell immediately, We can sit down to review the current market conditions and find the most favorable time or you to sell.
What Is The Market Like?
When you work with us, you can be sure that you will have our knowledge, expertise and negotiating skills at work for you to arrive at the best market prices and terms. We will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and conditions of competing properties. With us, you will know exactly how to price your property.
How Do I Optimize My Finances?
Deciding to sell your property demands a serious consideration of your current financial situation and future possibilities. With our help, you will be able to effectively estimate potential proceeds of selling your property and plan effective tax savings and estate planning strategies. We will ensure that you not only take control of your finances, but use them to their fullest potential.
Preparing to Sell
You can do a lot to increase the appeal of your property and to create a lasting impact on potential buyers.
What To Do To Prepare:
The following are a couple of factors to keep in mind when listing your property for sale:
1. Curb Appeal
Keeping your landscape pristine, and adding creative touches to your yard, such as colorful annuals, will create an immediate impact on passers-by and potential buyers.
2. Property Repairs
Simple upgrades such as window repairs, polishing the doorknobs, and a fresh coat of paint in the most frequently used rooms will instantly brighten up the property.
3. Cleanliness and Staging
Keep your property uncluttered, sweet-smelling and well-lit from top-to-bottom. Pay attention to details: put away the kitty litter, place a vase of fresh flowers near the entryway, pop a batch of cinnamon rolls in the oven, have your carpets cleaned. We'll talk about how you can improve the staging of your property.
4. Disclosures and Inspections
We are very familiar with the legal procedures involved in disclosures and are ready to help you develop a thorough disclosure statement beneficial to both you and the buyer, as well as suggest home improvement measures before placing your property on the market.
Presenting your property to potential buyers is a job that we will take care of for you. Many times, buyers feel more comfortable discussing the property with your agent. Moreover, we'll know what information will be most useful in representing your interests when speaking with prospective buyers.
Accepting An Offer
The Price Is Not Always Right
“The higher the price, the better the offer.” Do not let yourself be fooled by this popular misconception. Price is not always the determining factor when accepting an offer for several important reasons: the initial offer is usually not final, and there are a number of terms and conditions that may influence the final outcome of a price. You can trust us to help you thoroughly evaluate every proposal without compromising your marketing position.
Negotiating The Right Way
We take the ethical responsibility of fairly negotiating contractual terms very seriously. It is our job to find a win-win agreement that is beneficial to all parties involved. You may even have to deal with multiple offers before ratifying the one you judge to be the most suitable for you – and as your agents, we will guarantee a thorough and objective assessment of each offer to help you make the right choice.
The Initial Agreement and Deposit
An effective agreement is a legal arrangement between a potential purchaser and the property’s seller. Laws vary from state to state, but in order to be a legally, binding agreement, the agreement may require consideration. This consideration (initial and additional deposit) is to be held in the closing agent’s escrow account pending the fulfillment of conditions or contingencies in the effective agreement.
Some important tips to keep in mind to streamline the process even further:
Now that you have chosen your offer, you and the buyer will be given a timeline to mark every stage in the process of getting you to the closing table. Meeting the requirements on time ensures a smoother flow of negotiations and also ensures that each party involved is not in breach of their agreements. During the process we will keep you constantly updated so you will always be prepared for the next step.
Escrow, Inspections & Appraisal
Inspections and Appraisals
Most buyers will have the property inspected by a licensed property inspector. After reviewing the inspection report, the buyer will either be satisfied with the results or may request a renegotiation of the terms of contract (usually repairs or the price). This is one area that sellers often dread, so if you are aware of items that need to be tended to, it's best to take care of them before you list your house for sale. After each milestone is successfully closed, the contingencies are removed, which brings you one step closer to the closing table.
If the agreement is conditional upon financing, the property will be appraised by a licensed appraiser to determine the value for the lending institution. This is done so that the lending institution can confirm their investment in your property is accurate.
The Closing Agent
Either a title company or an attorney will be selected as the closing agent, they will hold the buyers escrow deposit. The closing agent will examine and insure clear title to your property. After researching the complete recorded history of your property, they will certify that your title is free and clear of encumbrances (eg. mortgages, leases, or restrictions, liens) or that all encumbrances are duly included in the title.
You're almost there. Just a couple things left to do.
Final Walk-Through Inspection
It's more of a formality than anything else, the final inspection takes place the day before, or the day of the closing. The buyer visits the property to verify that all is in working order and that everything is the same as when they last viewed the property and that there are no extra items left behind.
Cancel Home Services and Utilities
You will want to make sure that you cancel or transfer any home services and utilities.
We are ready to assist you should an unforeseen glitch pop up, even at this last stage, it happens. If something at the property breaks down or the buyers’ loan does not pull through on time, there is no need to worry. We have encountered these problems before so we know how to handle them efficiently and in a stress-free manner.
The closing agent will furnish all parties involved with a settlement statement, which summarizes and details the financial transactions enacted in the process. The buyer and seller will sign this statement at closing, certifying its accuracy. If you are unable to attend the scheduled closing, arrangements can be made to have you sign with a mobile notary. If you are receiving funds from the transaction, you can elect to either have the funds wired electronically to your bank account or have a check issued to you at the closing. The seller should arrange to have all property keys and any other important information for the new owner at the closing.
That's it. Congratulations. You're ready to move on to your next great adventure.