Selling your home is a big decision
Be prepared & know what to expect
Selling your home can be a big decision for anyone. Being prepared and understanding the process will make for a much smoother transaction. As your Realtor I am dedicated to making the sale of your home smooth and successful. You have my commitment to handling your transaction with with the upmost of care, respect and authority. Below is a breakdown of the process for selling your home.
Contact a Good Real Estate Agent
If you are thinking of selling your home the first step is to contact a good Real Estate Professional. Your agent will set an appointment with you to view the home and will come prepare a Comparable Market Analysis to give you an idea of what you homes in the area are selling for.
Sign Listing Documents
The agent will then prepare all the required listing documents for you to sign. You will be asked to fill out a Sellers Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS) to the best of your knowledge about the property being sold. The SPDS will later be given to the buyer on an accepted purchase contract.
Once all documents have been filled out and signed prepare your home for pictures and showings. Tidy up by removing any clutter and always be prepared for showings. Remember curb appeal is just as important. If you are selling a vacant home make sure to leave all utilities on. This is required for the buyer to perform their home inspection once a purchase contract is accepted.
Home added to the MLS
Now that your home is ready and all documents have been signed it will be added to the MLS. A lockbox will be placed on the home and a sign will go in the yard.
10 Day Inspection Period
Once a purchase contract is presented and accepted, the buyer will enter into their 10 day inspection period. The SPDS will be delivered to the buyer at this time. The buyer will then conduct any inspections or research on the property. Seller will need to comply with the time frames of the inspectors to conduct their work. If they buyer reveals something of material fact during this time it may be asked of the seller to remedy the problem. The seller can agree or disagree to remedy and the buyer can agree to the remedy or cancel the purchase contract and receive their earnest deposit.
The Home Appraisal
After the inspection the buyer’s lender will order the home appraisal. The lender will require that the home appraise for the purchase price. If the home fails to appraise at the purchase price the buyer may ask that the purchase price be reduced to the appraised value or offer to make up the difference with a larger down payment. If seller agrees to lower the purchase price your real estate agent will help negotiate. The buyer will have the right to refuse and cancel the contract should an agreed price cannot be reached.
The Signing with Title/Escrow
After the appraisal all supporting documents for closing will be prepared. The buyer will be working with the lender to make sure all of the requirements are met for funding. When all documents are ready you will be asked to set an appointment with the Title/ Escrow officer for signing.
Your Buyers get the Keys
When all parties have signed, money has been funded and recorded the keys will be given to the buyer.
Congratulations on your sale!
Jackie helped me get out of apartment living and into a condo. She takes the information you give her and finds the perfect place for you, so it's not a long process. In my case, she went the extra mile to check out the owner of the condo to make me feel good about the decision to rent. I will use Jackie for any other real estate needs I have.
Just wanted to touch base with you, cannot believe it has been almost a year since you sold my house for me. To anyone looking to sell their home please feel free to use me as a reference and I can attest to how smoothly the entire process went. With me being in California and my house in Arizona I was not sure how that would work but you kept in constant contact with me: via phone, mail, e-mail, fax whatever worked best for me. Even arranged to have my house cleaned inside and out for me since I was out of state prior to putting on the market. I would highly recommend you to anyone looking for a hard working honest real estate agent that gets things done. Thanks again for everything.
Jackie is a great realtor. She worked hard to find us a house in our limited price range. The house we bought was a short sale, and we closed within a month. I would recommend her to help you find your home.
We were so impressed and thankful for Jackie's hard work as our realtor. As first-time home buyers from out of state, we had a lot of questions about the home-buying process. Jackie answered them all, sometimes before we even asked! She was frequently in contact with us and would respond to our calls or emails very promptly. She went out of her way to meet with us when it was convinient for our busy schedules. Unlike other realtors we had previous experience with, she truly valued our input in the type of home we were looking for, and never pressured us into looking at something that we didn't want. She actively searched for homes for us to view AND sent us information and pictures of them for us to look at online before we scheduled a showing, to make sure they really were a potential home we were interested in. The thing that really sets her apart from other realtors is her commitment to forming a relationship with her clients as she seeks to understand what they are truly looking for in a home, creates a fun and honest home viewing process, and follows through even after the final sale is done to make sure that her clients are comfortable and happy. We would highly recommend Jackie and her team to everyone we know!