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Looking to Sell your home...

Selling your home shouldn't be a stressful ordeal.  My services and experience allow you to focus on your move while I manage your home sale from our initial consultation to the closing deal, and beyond.  I pride myself on repeat business and hope you'll come to understand why.

As Your Agent, I 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 I 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.

 

What to think about when putting your home on the market:

  • Inspections.  In most instances, sellers are responsible to deliver a termite report to a buyer in the first week after opening escrow and completing any Section 1 work before the close of escrow.  I suggest scheduling the inspection ASAP, as this will save time and stress during the hectic first days of our upcoming escrow period.  A retrofit inspection is required by law and the property must be brought up to state and city codes prior to closing escrow.  Again, I suggest scheduling this inspection immediately, as it will save time once we do accept an offer. 

  • Keys.  You will need to leave me a set of keys for the property so that I can easily accommodate all requested showings.  Please make copies for yourself and include all keys (Front and back doors, garage, guest house, etc) in my set.

  • Presentation.  Curb appeal is key and could make a difference whether people stop and take a flyer, or drive right by.  Should you need help deciding what needs to be done, or in getting it done, I am more than happy to offer my services and those of Coldwell Banker.  Because we are a full service agency, there are a variety of services we can offer you in preparation to market your house; additionally, because I am a full service agent, I am happy to assist you in any of the tasks necessary prior to listing your house in the real estate market.  If you are not living on the property I can arrange for the lawn to be watered and remain green; I can assist in clearing out any clutter and I am happy to arrange for the mail to be picked up or to have unwanted items removed.  Please feel free to use me as a resource!  Here are a few tips to increase the curb appeal of your home

  • Staging.  If your home is vacant, I would recommend consulting with a staging company to give your home the warmth and charm that will appeal to the majority of buyers. Many buyers will stay in your home longer if it's staged appropriately. I have compiled some ideas to present your home in the most effective manner.

  • Pricing.  What are homes selling for on your street?  Use HomeRadar.com to find out what neighborhood homes are selling for, free of charge, or choose a more detailed analysis of the value of your home.

 

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.

  • Home inspections fees are in some circumstances paid for by the seller and include pest, radon and other inspections. 
    In most instances, sellers are responsible to deliver a termite report to a buyer in the first week after opening escrow and completing any Section 1 work before the close of escrow.  I suggest scheduling the inspection ASAP, as this will save time and stress during the hectic first days of our upcoming escrow period.  
    A retrofit inspection is required by law and the property must be brought up to state and city codes prior to closing escrow.  Again, I suggest scheduling this inspection immediately, as it will save time once we do accept an offer.

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

 

What to do when closing escrow:

  • Grant deed.  You must schedule an appointment with the escrow officer about one week before the scheduled close of escrow date.  Escrow will provide you with an estimated closing statement which will be a balance sheet of your debits and credits.  The final accounting will reflect the amount that you will receive from escrow.  Please review this statement, sign any loan payoff demands and provide them with wire instructions if you would like your funds wired to an account.  Furthermore, you will sign a grant deed which will be recorded on the day of closing to transfer title to the buyer.

  • Final walk-thru.  Two to Five days before the close of escrow there will be a final walk-thru of the property.  This inspection gives the buyer an opportunity to verify that the property is being delivered in the same condition as when escrow was opened and that you have completed all agreed upon work satisfactorily.  I recommend that you are present to give any information regarding the property, such as how to work a security system or sprinkler system and to leave behind any information about vendors for the property.

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