Your house is too small. Your house is too big. It’s in the city and you want to live in the country, or it’s in the country and you want to live in the city.

Whatever reason there is, you want a ‘for sale’ sign in your front yard. You probably will never sell anything more valuable than your home. This means you’ll want to get the most from your long-term investment.
Where and how do you begin this process?
Getting Ready to Sell
  • Assessing the Exterior of Your House
  • Clutter Removal

Selecting an Agent-Why hire a Real Estate Agent-Which Realtor should you choose?-What to Expect from a Real Estate Professional

Setting Your Price

  • Study the Comparables
  • Get an Appraisal
Showing your House to Potential Buyers
  • Leaving During a Showing
  • Lighting
  • Fragrances
  • Pet Control
  • Kitchen Trash
  • Keep the House Neat and Clean
The Contract
  • Key Elements of the Sales Contract
  • Price and terms
  • Condition of home and inspection
  • Response deadline
  • Settlement date and occupancy
  • Finalizing

Preparing for the Close

The first step in getting your home ready to sell is to “de-personalize” it. A house can be a place to eat, sleep, park your car and put all your “stuff” (including other family members). A home is where you feel comfortable, warm, safe and protected. A home is where you live. De-personalizing your home…

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Clutter Removal

Part of preparing a house for sale is removing the “clutter.” Through the years, you’ve amassed a significantly large quantity of “stuff.” Remember when you first looked at your new home? You opened the cabinets, pulled the drawers and opened closet doors. Your buyers will be doing the same thing, so getting rid of the…

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Exterior of the House

Cleaned out closets and cabinets, washed windows, new paint on the walls and freshly cleaned carpets, along with shiny new faucets and replaced light bulbs – the inside of your home sparkles as it entices potential buyers to “take a look”. But we’re not quite finished. Before the buyer steps over the threshold, will he…

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Why Hire a Real Estate Agent

Selecting an agent is one of the most pivotal decisions when selling your home. It is important to seek advice about this important financial transaction from someone who “sells” houses for a living. Working with professional real estate agents is beneficial for several reasons:   They will help establish a fair asking price for your…

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Setting the Price

It is human nature for you to want the highest price for your home. However, to set the right price on your house, combine an objective evaluation of your property with a realistic assessment of market conditions. Study the Comparables You are more likely to benefit by determining a fair value and sticking close to…

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Showing Your House to Potential Buyers

Your house should always be available for a potential buyer to see, even though it occasionally may be inconvenient for you. Your agent will probably suggest a lock box placed in a convenient location that will make it easy for other agents to show your home. Most agents will call and give you at least…

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The Contract

A valid real estate contract must be in writing and be freely offered by the buyer and accepted by the seller. All parties to the contract must be legally competent to do business. Money or other valuable consideration needs to be exchanged for title to the property. Keep in mind that if things go wrong,…

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Basic Steps at Closing

Closing the real estate transaction is basically the investigation made or actions taken by either a title agent or title attorney before the actual issuance of the title policy. There are five basic steps that usually followed in somewhat the same order in every real estate transaction. Although it is not the job of the…

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