When it’s Time To Sell…
Selling your home is selling one of your biggest investments in your life. It is not a process you want to walk into without full knowledge of the real estate proceedings, disclosures and laws. In today’s market it is highly recommended that you have full representation from an experienced and qualified agent. Why not put our experience and knowledge in your corner?
Selling your home? Why not be where they will see it first—and you will sell it fast! What is your home worth? Your home will be in competition with other, similar homes for sale in and around your neighborhood. It’s a good idea to know the sale prices of homes in your area with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). Should you buy or sell first? Tap into our experience and knowledge. Buy first, and you might have to carry two mortgages. Sell first, and you could end up rushing to find a new place. It’s not easy to decide what’s right for your family, so we’ll help you weigh all the options. How will you know we are different? You’ll know we’re different when your home appears on our Web site instantly, reaching thousands of buyers. And no one markets the web like Carolina Exclusives. That is where the buyers are!
Working With A Real Estate Agent
Do I Really Need To Use A REALTOR® ?
You can do your home search by yourself, but why should you? With at your side, finding the perfect home is easier and faster!
You’ll save time, yet many buyers still spend endless hours pouring through classified ads, driving all over town, and viewing dozens of unsuitable properties – simply because they haven’t connected with a REALTOR® .
Some people think that if they have several agents looking for homes on their behalf, they’ll find a house more quickly. Like most relationships, the buyer-agent relationship thrives on communication, loyalty and trust. By working exclusively with one agent, you’ll improve both the process and the results.
Some helpful hints on finding and working with a REALTOR® :
- Ask friends, family members, neighbors or co-workers for referrals.
- Trust your intuition.
- Share with your sales associate as much as possible about your lifestyle, tastes, needs and dreams for your home.
- Focus your search on a few geographic areas.
Preparing and Showing Your Home
You don’t get a second chance to make a good impression!
A home that stands out among similarly priced houses is the one that sells. The following suggestions for preparing your home to sell are worth the special attention:
- Lawn carefully mowed, edged, fertilized and watered.
- Trees and shrubs trimmed; flower beds edged, weeded and cultivated.
- Driveways and walks free of snow or grass clippings.
- Exterior house paint in good condition and clean, especially the front door.
- All door locks open properly and easily.
- Roof in good condition.
- Screens and screen doors repaired.
- All exterior lighting in working condition, with fresh bulbs.
- Absence of clutter in yard and driveway.
- Walls clean and unmarked, preferably freshly painted with neutral colors.
- Windows clean inside and out.
- All light fixtures working and fresh bulbs in each.
- Plumbing in good repair.
- No cooking, smoking, pet or other objectionable odors.
- Sinks and tubs stain-free; faucets in good repair.
- Caulking in tubs and showers in good repair.
- All clutter removed from closets, attic, basement, garage and other storage areas.
- Ask your REALTOR® what should be boxed up to give your home a more spacious look.
Showing Your Home
When your home is to be shown, we will always attempt to make an appointment with you, giving you as much advance notice as possible. To help make the best impression during showings, we suggest you:
- Open draperies and curtains.
- Turn on enough lights to brighten every corner, day and night.
- Remove dirty dishes.
- Make beds.
- Rooms dusted, vacuumed and clutter-free.
- Kitchens and baths sparkling clean; no clutter on counter-tops.
- Noise is distracting. Be sure TV and radios are turned off, although soft background music is acceptable.
- It’s best to keep pets out of the house. Even the friendliest pets become anxious when strangers appear.
- Put away valuables such as jewelry and cash, or remove completely.
- Never enter into a conversation with a prospect. Let the REALTOR® who is showing your home answer any questions the prospective buyers may have. It is best for you to leave while the house is being shown.
- If a prospective buyer comes by unexpectedly without a broker, get their name and phone number. FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION, DO NOT SHOW THE HOME. Have unescorted buyers call your REALTOR® for an appointment.
Pricing Your Property
Pricing your property correctly is critical in getting the most amount of money in the least amount of time.
will investigate all comparable properties recently sold or ” For Sale ” in your immediate area. They will research prices and terms of sales in the current real estate market in order to arrive at an expected sale price.
Don’t be tempted to over-inflate the value of your property. The first days of the listing period are when the greatest activity occurs while selling your home. Overpricing may discourage prospective buyers from ever looking at your property.
Offers, Contracts, & Closings
A buyer makes an offer by submitting a written and signed offer to purchase. This document becomes the sales contract when signed by all parties involved. The selling agent customarily notifies the listing associate of the offer, and the listing agent will then arrange an appointment with the seller to present the offer.
At this point, the seller has three options:
Accept the offer as written.
Reject the offer if it is totally unacceptable.
Counteroffer, changing any unacceptable conditions. (When the counteroffer goes back to the buyer, the buyer has the option of withdrawing, accepting, or countering the counteroffer.)
When both buyer and seller agree to all terms (including changes made in any counteroffer), and indicate agreement by their signatures, the contract becomes “firm.” With signatures and notification to all parties, a sales contract now exists.
Several professionals may come into the home-selling process after the offer is accepted, including a housing inspector (if hired by the buyer), a termite inspector, and an appraiser.
If the buyer is financing the purchase of your home, the process will typically take 30 to 60 days. On the chance that a buyer’s financing will not be given final approval, you should keep the house in good “showing” condition.
As part of the contract process, you must prove to the buyer that you have a clear title on the house – that you own the property, and that there are no legal claims against it. The lender representing the buyer and/or financial institution will do a title search and issue an opinion that the title is clear.
can help you gather the paperwork that the contract requires.
Some of the details you will need to handle include:
Notifying your lender that you will be paying off the mortgage and asking for a statement of what you owe. Your outstanding balance will be subtracted from the amount you receive from the seller.
Having any fix-up work completed according to the contract, so that final inspections may take place.
Gathering all warranties and instruction books for your home’s appliances or major systems to give to the buyer.
Once you have a closing date established, notifying the utility, telephone, water and other services to advise them on your final billing date.
A walk-through inspection prior to the closing allows the buyer to determine if conditions of the contract are satisfied. It is up to the buyer to perform the inspection, and if they should be accompanied by the selling and/or listing agent. The seller may or may not be present, but should make sure that utilities are on so that equipment can be operated.
At the settlement (closing), the home seller should bring all warranties on equipment (or leave them in an obvious place in the house) and instructions on equipment maintenance or operation. Be sure to bring all keys and electric door openers.
The closing attorney will explain the settlement sheets to you. These outline the closing costs to you.
Typical costs for the seller include:
State deed transfer tax
Mortgage balance pay-off
Interest on the mortgage up to the date the mortgage is paid off
The real estate commission
Pro-rated taxes and homeowner’s association dues, if applicable
If property or homeowner’s insurance has been in escrow with your lender, you will receive any money that is accumulated in that escrow account for bills not yet due. Funds will be disbursed at or after settlement.
The seller, the buyer, and the agents receive a copy of the settlement sheets.
Congratulations! Sold and Settled!