How to Sell My Home
Selling your home shouldn't be a stressful ordeal. Making the smart move of choosing a professional REALTOR® is your first step to ensuring that your investment in your home pays off. My services and experience allow you to focus on your new 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.
Cindy Mustafa, Auora Ohio Realtor:
- Establish your dreams and get to your goals in less time, less inconveniences, costing less money.
- Present you with a Strategy for Communication, Pricing and Marketing, of your home.
- Establish a reasonable selling price in a fair market value arrangement.
- Market your home through the multiple listing services, 100s of Internet Sites, Print Media, RSS Feed, E-mail, Broker's opens & Open Houses if you like, Relocation, Digital Music Presentations and Distribution Partners along with color flyers. It's a 365 degree plan with nothing left out.
- Counsel you on visual presentation and staging of your property.
- Present your home to as many qualified buyers as possible.
- Coordinate the advertising of your home using my guaranteed services (i.e. Global Internet Exposure, personal Website, Print Media, Electronic Media, Digitial Presentations, Sphere of influence and much more)
- Pre-qualify buyers when possible, talk with showing agents regarding details of your home and be available to those agents when necessary, even DURING the showing, if necessary AND SHARE THE FEEDBACK WITH YOU - REALTIME - THROUGH 'STATE-OF-THE-ART' Technology.
- Coordinate the details of your closing with all parties involved, including appraisals, title and escrow events.
- Follow up you after the sale to make sure everything was acceptable.
- If there is something that I'm leaving out and you would like to see, I'm flexible, I Invite & encourage your comments & feedback @ 216-408-1513.
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.
Curb appeal is key and could make a difference whether people stop and take a flyer, or drive right by. Here are a few tips to increase the curb appeal of your home. Staging your home is important. 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.
- 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.
- FHA fees and costs are all fees are now negotiable between an FHA buyer and seller.
- Home inspections fees are in some circumstances paid for by the seller and include pest, radon and other inspections.
- Miscellaneous fees can accrue from correcting problems noticed during the home inspection.
Selling Your Home is a Big decision, we both agree, right?
You probably spent more than a couple years there, and your family will have created many memories and neighborhood friends. Maybe you expected to stay put but circumstances have changed, or maybe you always knew you'd move sooner or later. Either way, it's always a little unsettling to pack-up, pull up roots, allow potential buyers to scrutinize your home, and manage all the details of the transaction while still providing for your family financially and emotionally.
Is this the right time to sell my house?
There are several factors to consider when deciding whether to sell your home. There are times when you may need to sell, such as when your job location or lifestyle change, or you have serious money problems. You may have outgrown your current home or are now able to afford a better place and are ready to move up. When the economic forecast is good, you may want to sell and take advantage of the strong market. Additionally, if you have inherited a home, it wouldn't make sense to continue making payments if it will be empty.
What is the most important factor in deciding to sell?
Be certain! If you are not sure you want to sell, you won't but forth the required effort or negotiate in good faith. Beyond being a waste of time, in certain instances a buyer can force you to honor a signed contract even if you change your mind. Save yourself the trouble.
How do I determine the sales potential of my home?
The basic influencing factors include location, appearance of house and neighborhood, size, condition, view, percentage of owners to renters in your neighborhood (owners tend to have a pride in ownership), and crime rate.
What are the steps once I've decided to sell?
First, choose a REALTOR and ask for a comparative market analysis. This will help you determine a fair asking price--high enough so you get what your home is worth and realistic enough so you interest buyers. Secondly, look into the current mortgage interest rates. It will affect what potential buyers can afford, and what you can afford if you move up.
Also, consider the time of year. The most popular time of year for families to move is in the summer, when children are out of school and the holidays are a long way off. Early spring is usually the best time to list and receive the maximum exposure.
Fix up the overall appearance of your home, with an eye for the little, easy things like cobwebs in the corner. (See more below.)
How can I best work with my REALTOR?
Ask about and understand what marketing steps he or she will take and when they will occur. Define your expectations of the transaction and communicate them.
Disclose problems, keep your house in good condition and let the REALTOR take the lead with buyers.
Keep your house clean, the yard neat, and be ready at any time. Let your REALTOR show the house, but if you are at home during a showing, look neat and stay inconspicuous. You probably have less experience, may make buyers uncomfortable, and may want to avoid hearing any negative comments buyers may have. Finally, you must allow inspections, fix anything necessary, and show up at the closing.
What should I do to get my home ready for showing?
Start by taking a look from the street. This is the first impression potential buyers will get. Remember what you liked when you first saw the house. Have you improved on it or let anything go? Next, walk slowly through the interior. Eliminate odors, especially pet and smoke. Clean the windows and pull back the drapes to maximize light, bright rooms.
We've found a great house at a good price. Should we buy?
You have three basic options. You can wait until you sell your current home. With this option you risk losing the new home to another buyer, but you may find one later you like even more. Secondly, you may add a contingency clause to your offer, stating that you must sell your current house before closing on the new one. Third, if you are having trouble selling your current house, you may consider renting it out or refinancing it for cash to help you buy. The problems associated with this third option include finding and managing tenants, trying to sell the house with tenants, and closing costs and higher mortgage payments with a refinance.
What are the important factors when considering an offer?
Consider all of the following: price, terms, clauses, personal property requested, and the amount and who holds the earnest money.
What can I do to help get potential buyers financed?
You may offer to pay points, which will reduce the rate and interest on the loan. If the buyers have adequate income but are a little short on cash, you may pay the non-recurring closing costs at the settlement. Another option, which should never be taken without fully understanding the risks, is to hold a second mortgage for buyers who cannot qualify for the full amount.
Are there any special considerations when selling a condo?
The most obvious difference is the maintenance fees. You may want to remind buyers that maintenance fees can often work out to less money than single-family home maintenance costs because condo fees are shared by all owners.