Selling Your Home

Whether you’re purchasing your first home, or your 10th, buying a home is a big decision. Having the help of a knowledgeable real estate agent can make the difference in the process run smoothly or taking much longer and more costly. My Home Buyers Guide walks you through the process, ensuring you are as prepared for your home buying process as possible. Below is a summary of what to expect. View the printable version.

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    Selling your home is a multi-step process that calls for the experience of a Realtor®. I know that selling your home can be stressful and time consuming that most sellers do not have the time to worry about managing this. As a real estate agent my job is to try to sell your home, as quickly as I can, for top dollar and with the least amount of disruption to your life as possible. My clients are the heart of my business, which is why I work to keep you informed throughout the process.


    Don’t worry if you’re still paying off your mortgage (most people are), there are several options depending on what type of mortgage you have. Most commonly, the bank will use the proceeds from the sale of your house to pay off the remainder of your current mortgage.


    It’s important to partner with a real estate agent you feel completely comfortable with. Don’t automatically partner with an agent who suggests the highest asking price. A good agent can help you price your home to sell based on the current market conditions. Start your search for an agent by checking if family and friends have a preferred agent. You can also check online for the most visible and professional one.


    Setting the right price is important to ensure you attract more potential buyers and give your home more exposure. Pricing your home too low or too high can be costly in the long run. Your agent should be able to explain to you the factors of competitive pricing, current market stats and the estimated value of your home.


    After you've decided you are going to list your home, determine a price and choose a realtor to work with. The next step is getting the home ready for display. You will sign a Listing Agreement; this gives your agent permission to put your property on MLS (Multiple Listing Service) which essentially informs other agents (representing buyers) that your property is on the market. They can now also begin marketing your home through all their marketing channels.


    After you have accepted an offer on your home the buyers will generally ask to have the home inspected. There is an inspection period where they can ask for items to be fixed and (potentially) negotiate the cost of any repairs. Once negotiated items are completed the next step will be to go to a lawyer’s office and sign the paperwork giving ownership and the title of the home to the buyers.