Seller's Guide

Seller's Guide

by Sharon Anderson, Realtor

Prepare Your Home

Home selling has become more complex than it used to be. New seller disclosure statements, longer and more mysterious form agreements, and a range of environmental concerns have all emerged in the past decade. See my recommendations for preparing your property for sale. (Preparing Your Home for Listing)

Find an Agent

In the maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating, it makes sense to work with professionals who know the community and much more. I employ a transaction coordinator that deals strictly with making sure all your forms are in order and ready for escrow to close, a professional photographer and videographer to market your home, and a even a home staging consultation at no cost to you.

Set a List Price

Several factors, including market conditions and interest rates, will determine how much you can get for your home. In other words, home selling is part art, part science, part marketing, and part negotiation. I will give you my opinion, but will also get BPO’s (Broker’s Pricing Opinion) from several colleagues and present you with those.

Market Your Home

I will share a marketing plan with you, but the more you know about the process of selling your home the easier it is for us to support one another’s efforts.

Negotiate the Offer

Perhaps the most complex moment in the sales process comes when you get an offer for your home. Whether you have one offer or several to consider, these tips will help you navigate the negotiation. In today’s market it is not uncommon to have multiple offers. It is important that we check not only the offer, but the solidity of the offer. A seller being pre-approved is nice, but it is NOT a guarantee.

Settle the Offer

When you have a signed contract with the buyer for your home, you may feel as if you can breathe a sigh of relief. But before you can completely relax you need to get to the settlement table.

Getting Ready to Move

Some of the activities required to sell your home can actually help with the moving process. For example, by cleaning out closets, the basement, and the attic, you will have less to do once the home is under contract.