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Selling a House

Posted by Christina Steinmann Lowry on February 1, 2021
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If you are asking yourself, “How do I sell my house?” you have come to right place. It can be daunting and stressful to sell your biggest investment. This is where a real estate agent comes in. Read on to find out more detail on what the process of selling your home entails.
 
  1. Choose a Realtor: Before listing your home you may want to interview a few agents to see who would be the best fit for you. It is important that you feel comfortable with their skills and also get along with and trust them. You will be hearing from them a lot over the next few months.
  2. Home Evaluation/Listing Presentation: The agent will show youhouse for sale recently sold houses, like your home. This will help find the market value of the house. After a walk through, you will review a recommended pricing strategy for your home with the agent. They will also review the selling process and the marketing plan. 
  3. Preparing for the Listing: Then the clients and agent sign the Listing Agreement. The staging consultant does a consult and stages the home, if needed. Then the photographer takes photos to show off the home. Both of these things will help us have the best first impression for the buyers. Have a spare key ready for the lock box. You will also review the complete listing to ensure that all the data is accurate and sign off on it. 
  4. Listing on MLS: Once you approve the listing, it is uploaded to MLS and put the for sale sign up. This is also the time when the marketing of the property will begin.
  5. Showings: Showings can be a rather stressful part of selling your home. During the time that your home is on the market, you want your home to be “showing-ready” every time you leave the house. That allows your home to be available for as many showings as possible, during the day or in the evening.
  6. Offers: When one or more offers are received the agent will sit down with the sellers to review the offer(s). If there is something in the offer that the sellers would like changed they are able to sign the offer back to the buyers to negotiate. This can happen until both sides come to an agreement. 
  7. Offer Accepted: When the offer is accepted, the conditions of the offer, if there are any, will need to be met. This can include a Home Inspection, which can take between two to three hours to be completed. Conditions it can also include are Financing, Sale of Buyers Property, Status Certificate Review. Then, when all the conditions have been met the house is sold firm and you wait until closing day. 
  8. Walk throughs: Walk throughs of the property are often in the offer. This helps the buyers have a chance to take measurements or bring family through. They will book the walk throughs through the agents like the original showings. One of the walk throughs is usually saved for a few days before closing to inspect the home one final time. This is to ensure that everything is in good working order and as it was when they purchased the home.
  9. Closing Day: The lawyers take care of closing day. They manage the transfer of funds, title, and more, and once all that is complete, they provide the keys to the buyers. Once the keys are transferred then the house is officially sold! The house will need to be vacant by then. The sellers need to leave the house clean and garbage free for the buyers. They also should leave all the appliances in good working order.
There are many steps to selling your home and as a real estate agent we are there with you, to help you every step of the way. 
*This process may differ slightly depending on which realtor you choose.

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