Your home is one of your largest investments. Using a licensed Realtor® to represent you insures that you are maximizing return while minimizing risk. Get a head start today by reviewing these valuable free selling tips.
The Right Listing Agent
Plain and simple, owning a home can improve your quality of life, provide stability and give you a sense of control you just can't get from renting...
You have a place to live when you rent, but buying is something much deeper – and better. A skilled, qualified real estate agent brings tremendous value to the process. You're relying on this agent on many different levels, so be careful to select someone with the right combination of education, experience, performance and local insight. Look for a proven expert who can cast a wide marketing net and attract as many potential buyers as possible. Be sure to let your agent know the particulars of your situation. Perhaps you need to sell within a certain time frame, are relocating out of state, or are facing foreclosure. Keeping your agent informed helps set the path for the best way to proceed, ensures that your needs are met, and ultimately contributes to a successful transaction. Tips on Choosing and Working with a Realtor offers additional details on finding an agent to suit your needs.Read More ›
Why the Right Realtor Matters
Upon beginning your search, you’ll find that many agents specialize in areas beyond general residential properties. You’ll find specialists in luxury homes, distressed properties, international transactions and more. Before you dive in, it’s important to determine whether you're dealing with a specific property type and/or a certain market segment – high-end homes, retirement communities, etc. This will help you from the start. It’s equally important to find an agent who can get the job done. Although your uncle's friend may dabble in real estate, ask yourself if he's really the person most qualified to help you buy or sell your home. Personal referrals are great, but only if they're based on relevant criteria. Abilities matter. And production matters. You want someone with experience, education and a proven track record of successful closings. On all counts, RE/MAX is a solid place to start your search. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX, and RE/MAX agents collectively hold more professional designations than agents at any other national real estate brand. (Source: RE/MAX)
A home inspection isn’t just for buyers. It’s also something sellers should seriously consider before putting their house on the market...
Why? Quite simply, you don't know what you don’t know. Imagine getting a great offer on your home only to discover, during the middle of the process, that it needs considerable repairs. This is the kind of surprise that can lead to buyers pulling out, costing you time and money on a number of fronts. It’s better to know problems from the start, and either deal with them before listing or price the home accordingly. A seller's inspection also provides a reference point from which to compare the findings of the buyer’s inspector. In particular, having a different professional opinion can work to your advantage in price negotiations. Your home inspection is a sales tool.Read More ›
Getting your home inspected
Having your home inspected before listing can also be an effective sales tool. You can confidently say that your home has been pre-inspected and is in tip-top shape, making that much more attractive to buyers.
Attending your home inspection
Attend your home inspection to see first-hand what the inspector notes, and to learn some important details about the house that may assist you in selling. When attending your inspection: Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes. You may find yourself crawling under and behind things to see what the inspector is pointing out. Plan for the inspection to take two or three hours. Feel free to ask questions, but give the inspector time and space to work.
Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers:
Remove clutter that may get in the way of key inspection areas, such as water heater, furnace and main valves.
Clean up! A clean house shows you care and that you've maintained the property properly. Provide full access to attic, basement, crawl space and garage. Leave the keys if they're needed to enter these areas. Provide repair documents. If you've done any remodeling or replaced the roof, furnace or electrical system, provide the paperwork. Also, display any paperwork about new appliances that may be included in the sale.
Leave utilities connected if your house is vacant. (Source:RE/MAX)
Experienced agents understand how to accurately price your home and make it stand out in the market. They also have access to a vast referral network, enabling them to connect with potential buyers across town or around the world...
Here are a few avenues RE/MAX agents may use to market your home, both online and off.Read More ›
When selling your home, it’s important to set the right “stage” for potential buyers...
If hiring a professional isn’t in the budget, here are some tips on how to prep your home for the market:Read More ›
You want buyers to focus on things like your home’s lovely wood floors, not your commemorative spoon collection. Box it, sell it or gift it. Clear counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom and minimize the amount of items displayed on shelves.
2. Clear out the closet
For some buyers, closet space can make or break a sale. The fewer items left behind the larger the closet will appear.
3. Pack away the personal
Store family photos, kids’ art projects and anything else that may distract buyers from envisioning themselves living in your home.
4. Scrub and scrub again
Clean everything, from tile grout to windowpanes. You want the home to sparkle and shine when the spotlight’s on. If you lack time or skills, it’s worth it to hire pros.
5. Scrub and scrub again – outside
Don’t forget your home’s exterior. After all, your porch will make the first impression on buyers. A few hours with a pressure washer, easily rented from a home improvement store, can make a world of difference.
6. Freshen up the paint job
A fresh, neutral coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive way to kick up your home’s allure.
7. Focus on lighting
A well-lit room not only feels bigger, it helps people to feel more energized and improves their mood. Don’t forget to replace light bulbs and add lamps in rooms with limited natural lighting.
8. Take a deep breath
If you inhale anything other than clean, fresh air, deodorize before showings with a mildly scented diffuser or candle.
Make sure you’ll have a steady stream of prospective buyers to appreciate your home – and all your hard prep work. (Source:RE/MAX)
Here are six common problems that general home inspections bring to light...
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Before you sign a listing contract with an agent, interview at least two or three candidates and ask the following questions:...
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1. Can you tell me about your real estate sales experience?
2. How do you plan to market my property?
3. Do you work part-time or full-time as an agent?
4. What is the right price for this house? And how did you arrive at that figure?
5. How long will it take to sell at this price? What are the average days on market for a house like mine?
6. How will current market conditions affect my home sale?
7. How much should I expect to pay in commission?
8. What kind of communication and/or updates can I expect from you?
9. Can you provide references from three sellers you’ve worked with in the past six months?
10. What happens if my house doesn’t sell in the time we contract for?
Working with a trusted real estate agent to sell your home will hopefully attract wonderful people who'll admire your décor, swoon at your landscaping and vie to purchase your property for a handsome price...
Unfortunately, it may also attract less desirable visitors. Your agent understands this and will take precautions on your behalf, as will other agents who bring their clients to tour your home. Here are some ways you can help them ensure your safety and others' while your home is on the market:Read More ›
1. Schedule showings ahead of time
A “For Sale” sign in the yard doesn’t mean “24/7 Open House.” Your real estate agent will insist potential buyers make an appointment ahead of time through your agent or their own. Frankly, it's standard procedure to schedule listings, and no one should be pressuring you to open your home to them without some advanced notice or verification from your agent that the individual is a serious shopper.
2. Take your family out of the picture
Yes, you're proud of your beautiful family, but you never know exactly the motivation of the people who will be touring your home. To help keep your family life private, remove photos from walls and shelves. Don’t forget the ones on the fridge!
3. Hide your prescriptions
Not only are prescriptions bait for drug abusers, the labels also have private information that could put you at risk for identity theft. It’s not enough to put your prescriptions in the medicine cabinet. Remove them from your bathroom or kitchen, and hide them in a secure place.
4. Protect your identity
Make sure to store away any bills, invoices or other documents that may contain your personal info.
5. Be smart about your lockbox
Think about removing the key from your lockbox at night, and ask your agent about changing the code periodically. Rest assured, lockboxes have been used for eons to provide safe and convenient access to homes for sale. Plus, agents do keep everyone's safety in mind at all times. But these couple of additional measures may give you and them a bit more peace of mind.
6. Stick with the sun
Schedule showings during daylight hours. Agents aren't likely to schedule late-night showings for their buyer clients, but there may be times when a group is running late to make the appointment they set to see your house. You do have the right to ask the buyer's agent to reschedule, if you'd rather not accommodate an evening tour.
7. Hide sharp objects and weapons
Remove your knife rack from view. Your knives may confirm your image as a gourmet chef, but no one needs to see or use them during a showing. The same is true for any firearms you may have on display in your home – even if they're in a locked display cabinet. It's best to keep these things out of sight.
8. Secure your jewels and other valuables
Diamonds, antiques, first edition Edgar Allen Poe? Lock them away. Remove and secure any valuables and heirlooms that may be easily picked up and carried off.
9. Follow up for safety
After a showing, the real estate agents who show your home should close and lock all windows and doors. Be sure to double check, though, or ask a trusted neighbor to be your eyes and ears when you're not around. Be especially careful to lock your home as you come and go during the time it’s on the market.
Your real estate agent may have additional safety tips to offer. (Source:RE/MAX)