MEET A REALTOR
I know, we sound biased AND if you meet with an expert up front they'll be able to help save you a lot of time, money, and energy.
They're also great for connecting you to other experts you may need like divorce attorneys, handymen, CPAs, and more.
Buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in the home.
Making sure the yard is mowed, home is clean, and personal photos are put away are some steps you can take to
help attract offers.
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Photography plays a huge role in marketing your home. After all, it's what draws buyers from out behind their computers to your front door.
Yes, iPhones have incredible cameras...
No, they shouldn't be used to
photograph your home. Trust us. Hiring
a professional is imperative.
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Did you know 93% of all buyers work with a Realtor?
By going Live on to the RMLS (the site Realtors use to research and view properties) your home is also syndicated to sites like Redfin, Zillow, and Trulia. This allows you to gain access to buyers and more importantly their agents.
WOO! OPEN ESCROW!
Opening escrow is actually quite simple. The buyer will deposit Earnest Money as promise to the Seller that they will not back out of the contract for reasons outside of the agreed upon contingencies.
Your escrow officer is also going to be a huge help. As they are the ultimate mediary between the Real Estate Agents, Lender, and the County.
Inspections are the buyer's chance to do your due diligence.
While sellers have no obligation to fix
what is found during the inspection, it is important to remember that the next buyer may ask for the same repairs should the home go back on the market.
GET APPRAISAL READY
The appraiser does their own assessment of the value of your home.
It's important to remember to clean up
and make the home as presentable as it was when buyers were touring it.
Typically you'll sign a few days before closing to give everyone time to wire funds over, triple check every document is in order, and then the sale will record with the County.
PRO TIP: Tell your work that you'll need flexibility with your schedule the week of closing because you may be asked to come sign with only a moment's notice.
Be ready. Be flexible.
Closing dates change. You could close earlier than expected or it could get delayed. The best advice is don't wait for the buyers to be moving in to move out.
A moving truck battle in your driveway after you've sold your home isn't
something you want to sign up for. If you need a week after closing to get your
affairs in order, your Realtor may be able to negotiate it.