Selling a home is no piece of cake. If anything, it’s a full
cake. A full chocolate cake with
fabulous decorations and a whole lot of hard work that went into making it.
We’re not trying to get you hungry with this metaphor, we’re just trying to say
that there’s a lot of hard work that you or a realtor has to do to get your
home on the market, and even more to get it sold. If you’ve ever wondered what
steps you have to take to get your home on the market and purchased, look no
further. The best home warranty company (that’s Landmark!) has each part of the
process here in this article.
Decide What Price to
List the Home
To begin, you will need to evaluate the local market to see
how much you should ask for the home. A real estate agent will be able to give
you a fair-market listing price based on comparable homes, which have recently
sold in your neighborhood. Sometimes owners who choose to sell their home
without a real estate agent will list it at a much higher price because they
unintentionally factor emotional ties into the valuation of the home.
Unfortunately, pricing a home above market will keep it on the market for an
unusually long time. No seller wants that. Determining the correct listing
price for the home is the first step in getting a home sold in a timely manner
and for a good price.
Stage and Repair the
After the home has been priced, it’s time to fix it up. This
could mean doing major repairs, or just sprucing up the windows and walls. You want to stage the home so that potential
buyers will be able to see themselves in the home, so de-cluttering and
removing anything that shows your family, will make it easier to sell the home.
If there are major repairs that need to be made, patch up your home now. A
newly renovated bathroom, kitchen or bedroom will allow you to list your home
for a higher price, rather than reduce costs for repairs after a buyer’s
housing inspection. Some real estate agents even suggest getting a home
inspection completed before listing the home to make sure there aren’t any
major repairs that need to be completed before selling a home.
Photograph the Home
The next part of selling a home is to photograph it. 90% of
homebuyers find their homes through the internet, so you want to make sure the
home can be found online, with ample pictures to boot. Some real estate agents
will hire a professional real estate photographer to take pictures of the home.
List the Home
Finally, after all of the prep work, the home is ready to be
put on the market! A for sale sign will go up in your yard, and you will list
the home in various places. If you are working to sell the home yourself, you
will have to pay money to list it in the newspaper, or online. If you write
your own listing, make sure to list the perks of your home, like including an
appliance warranty, or home repair insurance from the best home warranty
company. If you are working with a real estate agent, they will put the home on
the Multiple Listing Service database and thousands of agents and buyers will
be able to see the home online.
Arrange for Visits
With all of the people seeing the home, the home will need
to be shown to potential buyers. Some home sellers and realtors will create
open houses for buyers who don’t want to be pressured into a sale, and to
increase visibility of the home. Real estate agents will also schedule for visits,
and homeowners will want to leave during the scheduled time. Home buyers are
skittish about talking the pros and cons of the home over with their agent if
they know the seller can hear their concerns.
Hopefully after showing the home to potential buyers, some
of them will make an offer on the home. This is when it’s exceptionally nice to
have a real estate agent working for the seller, as they know all of the legal
concerns about counter offering and closing on a home. They also will receive
any offers and act as a middleman between the buyer and the seller.
After an offer is received, the seller their real estate
agent will look at the price offered and strategize on whether they should
accept the proposal or counter. If the seller wants to make a counter offer,
the realtor will work with the buyer’s agent to negotiate a price for which the
home will sell. If the seller isn’t working with a real estate agent, he or she
will have to do this him or herself.
Negotiating with the
When an offer has been agreed upon, the home moves into the
escrow period where the ownership of the home is changing hands. This is when a
home inspection is completed, and when prices are negotiated again depending on
repair costs. This is when it is extremely important for a buyer to ensure
everything is in good shape, especially if the home will be covered with home
repair insurance (a home warranty.) If the needed repair is mentioned on the
home inspection and not repaired, home warranty coverage will most likely not
repair it with their contract. Of course, this depends on multiple factors, so
check with the best home warranty company.
Closing on the Home
Finally, closing on the home! The real estate agent takes
care of all of the legal paperwork and will help you to get things ready to
move the home over to the buyer’s property. If you are selling the home
yourself, you will have to either get a real estate attorney to complete this,
or make sure you are meticulous with the paperwork. Congratulations, you’ve
sold a home!
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