For Sellers

Selling your home shouldn’t be a stressful ordeal. Making the smart move of choosing a REALTOR® is your first step to ensuring that your investment in your home pays off. Our services and experience allow you to focus on your move while We manage your home sale from our initial consultation to the closing deal, and beyond. We pride ourselves on repeat business and hope you’ll come to understand why.

As Your Agent, We Will:

  • Complete a comparative market analysis that will compare your home’s value to that of your neighbors.

  • Compile a comprehensive plan detailing all the efforts we will employ to sell your home, including Internet and local media.

  • Present your home to as many qualified buyers as possible getting your home maximum exposure.

  • Help you stage your home and generate curb appeal to ensure you get the highest price.

  • Assist with obtaining offers and help you in negotiating the best deal as smoothly as possible.

  • Help you find your next home and answer all of your questions about the local market area, including schools, neighborhoods, the local economy, and more.

Recent Home Sales

What are homes selling for on your street? Feel free to contact us to find out what neighborhood homes are selling for, free of charge, or to receive a more detailed analysis of the value of your home.

Getting the Highest Price for Your Home

Curb appeal is key and could make a difference whether people stop and take a flyer, or drive right by. Here are a few tips to increase the curb appeal of your home. Staging your home is important. Many buyers will stay in your home longer if it’s staged appropriately. We have compiled some ideas to present your home in the most effective manner.

Closing Costs to Expect:

  • Title insurance fees depend on the sales price of the home.

  • Broker’s commission is a full-service fee and will cost anywhere between 5% to 7%.

  • Local property transfer tax, county transfer tax, state transfer tax, and state capital gains tax are the charges that you’ll pay for the privilege of selling your home. Credit to the buyer of unpaid real estate taxes for the prior or current year are variable and depend on when you close and when your taxes are due.

  • FHA fees and costs are all fees are now negotiable between an FHA buyer and seller.

  • Home inspections fees are in some circumstances paid for by the seller and include pest, radon and other inspections.

  • Miscellaneous fees can accrue from correcting problems noticed during the home inspection.

Steps and Checklists for Sellers

What the Buyer Sees……
This is an important question to ask yourself when preparing to sell your home. The following checklist will give you an idea of what should be done to your property so that it looks its best.

Basement, attic, garage:

* Clean out attic, basement and garage and dispose of everything you’re not going to take with you when you move.
* Separate items that you won’t need again until after you’ve moved and pack them away neatly in boxes.
* Make sure there is plenty of light in the stairway to the basement.
* Paint ceilings and walls of basement a light color if it is dark and gloomy.
* Repair cracks in basement floor.
* Vacuum garage and attic floors and rafters.
* Arrange and stack items neatly against wall so areas look larger.

Kitchen:

* Make kitchen bright and attractive, for it is the most important room in the house. If it’s dull and dated, pain cabinets and update cabinet hardware.

* Clean ventilating hood.

* Put down new flooring if it is badly worn.

* Remove excess small appliances, such as toasters, coffee makers and can openers, from counters so they look more spacious.

* Make sure kitchen smells good – like freshly baked cookies or simmering potpourri.

Bathroom:

* Repair dripping faucets.

* Keep towels fresh and neatly folded.

* Clean stains from toilets, bathtubs and sinks.

* Clean mirrors.

* Keep a room deodorizer in bathrooms.

* Replace old caulking around tubs.

Living areas:

* Have all plaster in top shape. Cracks, nail pops and visible seams in dry wall are easy to fix.

* Check ceilings for leaks and leak stains. Fix the cause of the damage, repair ceiling and repaint.

* Stick to white and neutrals when repainting and decorating.

* Clean out fireplace and lay logs in it.

* Wash windows and replace or repair any broken windows or screens.

* Make sure all windows will open and close easily.

* Replace burned out light bulbs, make certain all light switches work and make sure all bulbs are at least 60 watts.

* Make floors shine and repair the cause of cracking boards or stair treads.

* Straighten up closets, get rid of excess items and store out-of-season clothes so closets look larger.

* Use room deodorizers to eliminate musty odors.

* Lubricate any sticking or squeaking doors.

Outside:

* Make sure lawn is well manicured, shrubs are neatly clipped and walk and porches/decks are swept clean. The grounds make a crucial first impression.

* Invest in new landscaping only in highly visible areas.

* Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the house.

* Paint your house if necessary. A well-maintained exterior does more for sales appeal than any other factor. At least paint windows, shutters and trim if exterior looks dull or shabby.

* Make sure walks are free of snow and ice in winter.

* Inspect the roof and gutters. Clean out badly clogged gutters and replace worn or missing roofing shingles.

* Repaint the front door if necessary, and put a pot of flowers or some other attractive touch by the front door.

* Repair broken steps.

Preparing your home

Tips for outside

* Tip #1: Move all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps and extra building materials.
* Tip #2: Check the gutters on the roof.
* Tip #3: Check for termites or other insect problems.
* Tip #4: Look at the buses and trees.
* Tip #5: Weed and bark dust all planting areas and groom and fertilize the lawn.
* Tip #6: Clear patio or deck of all small items.
* Tip #7: Check the paint conditions of the house – especially the front door and trim.
* Tip #8: Finish any unfinished projects.
* Tip #9: Go completely around the whole property.

Tips for inside

* Tip #1: Clear away all unnecessary objects throughout the house.
* Tip #2: Rearrange dining room furniture to create more space.
* Tip #3: Clear away unnecessary objects from kitchen countertops.
* Tip #4: Remove all unnecessary items in bathroom.
* Tip #5: Rearrange furniture if necessary.
* Tip #6: Take down or rearrange pictures or other objects on the walls.
* Tip #7: Paint any rooms that need it.
* Tip #8: Clean carpets and drapes.
* Tip #9: Clean all windows.
* Tip #10: Take care of any odors.
* Tip #11: Clean the fireplace.

Selling in today’s market
Selling a house is complicated

For most homeowners, selling is not an everyday occurrence and the idea of taking this step raises many questions:

* From beginning to end, what are the steps in selling my house?
* Is there a way for me to find out hoe much cash I will walk away with from the sale?
* Are there any hidden costs involved in selling my house that I should be aware of?
* Will I have to pay taxes on my profit?
* I’m selling my current house and buying a new one. Is there any way I can avoid having to pay two mortgages?
* How do I go about developing the best possible “selling strategy?”
* Is there a difference between a broker and a salesperson?
* What can a real estate agent do to sell my house any better than I can do for myself?
* What does a listing agent do between the time the listing agreement is signed and the sale?

What about the buyer?

* How and where do agents find buyers?
* How and why does an agent pre-qualify buyers?
* What is the process by which my agent puts my house on the market?
* What does a listing agreement mean?
* What should I do to prepare for a listing appointment?
* How do I arrive at what price to ask for my house?
* What basic repairs and improvements should I make that will increase the marketability of my house?
* What is the most effective way for buyers to be shown my house?
* What is the best way to negotiate when a buyer makes an offer?

What’s in it for me?

* What’s in a sales contract?
* What personal property will a buyer expect to be included with the house?
* How long will I have to wait between the sales contract and the close of escrow?
* What is included in the closing costs?
* What types of reimbursements can I expect to receive at closing?
* What happens at closing?

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