Steps to sell your house: even before you think of putting your property on the market you should think about the following:

  • Selling price
  • Property conditions
  • Market conditions
  • Your net proceeds, meaning how much are you going to net from the sale of the property
  • How much will it cost to sell the property
  • Selling timeframe
  • Do you need to sell first in order to buy another property
  • Are you going to rent or buy right after the sale of your property
  • Have you found another property to live

These are some of the things you have to consider before you put the property on the market; trust me it will make your life easier and the transaction smoother.

Monitor the market: before you sell your house it's a good idea to monitor the market, so you are aware of how many properties are on the market surrounding your property; that will give you a sense of the prices as well as the competition, meaning how many properties similar to yours will be on the market once you decide to list your property for sale.

Selling timeframe: so many factors affect the selling time frame of your property, for example: Property location and the condition of the property are two of the most important factors in determining the selling price. It is extremely important to take those factors into consideration before putting the property on the market. Doing it right will enable you to achieve your goal of selling your property for the most money in the least amount of time.

Home prices: The price of the property is reached through a combination of factors like: overall property conditions,  size of the property, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, seller motivation and goal. 

Marketing time: once you decide to put the property on market, timing is extremely important. You need to work together with your realtor to have a clear understanding of the marketing techniques used to sell your property. Open houses are very important;  before you allow potential buyers to come to your property you should make sure that the property is presentable and desirable. I recommend that you have a solid marketing plan with dates and times allocated for the property to be shown to other realtors as well as potential buyers.

Home improvements: certain home improvements will increase the value of your property; so before you decide which improvements to make, take into consideration the cost of that improvement and the added value to your property. Some improvements will enhance the value of your property and will be most cost effective, for example, improving the outer areas of the property including the front yard.  Those are improvements that create a good first impression and therefore increase the number of potential buyers

Home inspections: before you decide to sell your house I recommend that you spend some money on home inspections, mainly a home inspection and termite reports. The cost of those inspections can range from $350 to $450 each. Once you have the inspection reports, then you can decide how much to list your property for. The advantage of doing inspections before listing the property is that you will increase the chance of selling your house, without having the buyer possibly cancelling because they may have discovered issues with the property. Believe me it is money well spent; it will spare you the stress of not knowing what the homebuyer may find once they do their inspections.

Helping the buyer: in some situations it is recommended to help the buyer, mainly with credit for closing cost as sometimes that will be a deal breaker.

In certain circumstances it will create a win-win situation given that you will be able to sell your house for your desired price and at the same time help the buyer to close the transaction.

Seller financing options: sometimes it is a matter of thinking outside the box. For example if you have plenty of equity in your property but you are having difficulties finding buyers that may be an option. You can use seller financing option as a tool to attract a greater amount of potential buyers; it will have to be done properly so I do recommend talking to a financial advisor as well as a CPA.

Short sales: a simple explanation of a short sale is that in order for a seller to be able to sell their property, they will have to ask for permission from all the lienholders to accept less than what is owed to them in order to sell the property. As you may understand the lenders are not too happy to receive less than what is owed to them, but sometimes that is the only option. It is a cumbersome process, but if done properly it can benefit the seller as well as the lender(s) or any other lien holder(s). Selling a property under the short sell process, may create financial and tax liabilities, so I recommend that before you sell your house using the short sale process, please contact a financial advisor as well as a CPA.

REO’s: buying an REO which stands for real estate owned, can be a lucrative business, but in order for the property to become an REO, it will have to be taken from the owner in the form of a foreclosure; meaning the property owner loses the property to the bank. In order for the bank to recover their asset, it will list the property for sale with a local Realtor.

 Buying an REO it is a little different than buying a house from the regular seller. In most cases there are limited or no disclosures about the property, so it is highly recommended that before presenting an offer to buy an REO that you have a good understanding of the property conditions.

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Where other realtors will just put a sign on the yard and wait for the home to magically sell itself, we go through a very comprehensive process to make sure not only that your house will be sold, but that you will get the best price for it. 

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