FAQ’s for Sellers

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FAQ’s for Sellers


Why should I use a real estate agent?  A Realtor knows all the ins and outs of selling a home and how to best position yourself to maximize your return.  With a Realtor, your home will get maximum exposure to your target audience. We’ll facilitate all showing appointments, handle contract negotiations, and even post-inspection negotiations.  A good listing agent is worth every penny!


How will you market my home?  Many different ways!  MLS, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, E-Flyer campaigns to target audience, broker opens, open houses, traditional print, and some proprietary methods we use in house.  Domain also pays for enhanced exposure on all major portals… if 50 properties come up in a search, what makes your home #1 or #50? Domain paying for enhanced exposure.  95% of buyers will go to the internet first.


What is an “Exclusive Right to Sell” listing? Under this agreement, the seller cannot sign with another brokerage during the specified term and a commission is due regardless of which brokerage  brings the buyer. This is the most common type of listing.


Is there a “best time” to put my house on the market?  Depends who you ask!  There are months like August, April, and December that rank the highest for closings.  Generally speaking, our peak season months are Jan, Feb, & Mar, but as time goes on our local market is becoming less seasonal with each passing year.  This is when it’s key to work with an experience brokerage who’s dialed into the latest sales numbers and trends.


What fees should I expect when selling a home?  The main fees are your transfer taxes, title insurance (depending on the county), and real estate commissions.  Since property taxes are paid in arrears (end of the year), you will credit to the buyer the pro-rated amount from Jan 1st to the day of closing.  The best thing to do is have your title company or attorney prepare a pre-closing statement that will estimate your total figures.
What should I do to get my house ready?  For starters, it’s not a bad idea to have an inspection done before you sell to help avoid any pitfalls once going to contract.  The house needs to be presentable… no visible damage, paint in good shape, decluttered, and staged to be “show ready”. Remove as many personal items or photos, have carpets cleaned and even check the showers for caulking.  Freshen up with new mulch and power wash the exterior.

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