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When it is time to sell your home, there is so much to think about. What should you do first, second, third and even last? Well, the first thing you must do is take a deep breath and start organizing the exciting process. And, by coming here, you have started in the right place.
Often when we are faced with what we feel is a large task, like selling our home, many of us tend to procrastinate. But, remember this can be an exciting time and will go quicker than you think, especially in today’s fast paced market.
So, let’s take a look at the process from beginning to end.
1. Find a Professional Real Estate Agent
Real estate transactions can get complicated over the course of the sale. Hiring an expert can alleviate a lot of stress, allow you more time to continue your everyday routines and focus on keeping your home in tip-top shape for potential buyers.
What are the key qualities to look for in a real estate agent?
- Excellent Communicator
2. Prepping Your Home
We all want to receive the best offers on our homes as it is one of our largest investments in our lives. If you are like the rest of us and want to benefit from a high return, then prepping your home properly will add a plethora of value and curb appeal.
Now that you have decided to sell your home, it is time to open up space and show off how much of it you have to potential buyers. It may sound daunting, but cleaning out closets, storage areas, basements, and garages are a must at this time. Buyers like to know there is plenty of space for the things they will be bringing with them.
Staging your home takes full advantage of your current layout by creating a fashionably presentable backdrop for buyers to envision themselves in your home. Leaving your home’s design to someone’s imagination is a bit risky, so staging is an excellent method of making your home the most presentable for a wide range of potential buyers resulting in selling your home faster and for a higher price.
Repairs are not always necessary to sell your home, however, you should consult with your professional real estate agent for help in judgment as to what is a must. One thing to consider is what you may live with, may not be what someone else would be happy to live with. We all have that one leaky faucet, or closet door that won’t shut, but these are the little things we should fix. The small stuff we don’t really think about in our everyday home life can add up which can result in a buyer being turned off.
Most buyers will require a home inspection as well within their offer. Take that into consideration when listing your home. If you know you have issues in your home that will not pass a home inspection, then you may want to consider fixing them. If funds are tight, and you just need to sell, you can always sell as-is.
3. Listing Your Home
Now that you have found your perfect Realtor, your home is staged and your repairs are done, it’s time to get that home on the market. Your Realtor will list your home on the Multiple Listing Service and start to market your property the best way they can.
With CityWorth Homes, you are guaranteed maximum exposure to potential buyers, many of who have already been pre-screened with mortgage approval letters in hand.
4. Accepting Best Offer
This is where your real estate agent comes in. They are knowledgeable and detail-oriented when it comes to reading the offers that come in. For example, at CityWorth Homes, they will review each offer and compare them, so you will receive the absolute best ones to review. Weeding out the low offers, and only sending you the best will alleviate a lot of stress.
5. Closing Day
You have accepted the best offer with help from your Realtor, and now it is time to get to closing day. The waiting can be stressful, but you will have plenty to do with packing and coordinating your move to start your new adventure. For your part on closing day – you will have lots of paperwork to sign. The closing agent with the title company will assist in explaining the papers to you along the way.
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