Selling

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Home sellers are often looking for ways to increase the return on their investment. Selling your home is a time of change. You may be moving for a variety of reasons, but no matter who you are, selling your home for the best price is a key concern. This is the time when you as the home seller start to think about ways to increase the value of your home. Renovate or remodel? What’s the difference?

Renovating your home is refinishing your home with newer, better looking materials while remodeling means you are changing the landscape of your home. A renovation could be as simple as changing the tiles in the bathroom or as grand as replacing every surface, cabinet, and appliance in the kitchen. Remodeling always requires changing the building, such as

Pricing your home properly is key to selling it in a timely and profitable manner. Too low and you lose a significant chunk of your investment; too high and it will not sell. Be thorough in your research and you will be able to reel in an offer you can be happy with.

Preparation

Before you decide how much your house is worth, research the market you are entering. Your best guide is going to be houses like yours that have sold in your area. Check the listing price and then the final selling price for each property.

It is very important that you limit your comparison to houses within a mile of your home, sold within the past 6 months, and with a similar room count and square footage. Straying from these guidelines will skew your perception of the

What To Expect When You're Closing

This is part 6 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes.

Step 1: You're Ready To Sell Your Home Step 2: How To Price Your Home To Sell Step 3: The Property Disclosure Statement Explained Step 4: What To Do With Your First Offer Step 5: How And When To Accept An Offer

When you and the buyer sign the purchase agreement, agreeing on price and terms of sale, the closing process begins. Depending on the transaction, the entire process could take from 2 weeks to 60 days. This timeline excludes short sales, which usually take longer. If your buyer is an all cash buyer then all that remains to be done

How and When to Accept an Offer

This is part 5 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes. Step 1: You're Ready To Sell Your Home Step 2: How To Price Your Home To Sell Step 3: The Property Disclosure Statement Explained Step 4: What To Do With Your First Offer Step 6: What To Expect When You're Closing

Accepting an offer on your home legally binds you to sell your home to that buyer. If you reread the purchase agreement after accepting and find that there are parts of it you are not happy with it, it’s too late to back out. Failing to live up to a contract you signed could put you in legal and/or financial trouble.

Don’t rush

What To Do With Your First Offer

This is part 4 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes.

 

Receiving your first offer or offers is an exciting moment. It’s the moment you know you’re actually going to sell your home, for better or worse. An offer may be near your asking price or it may be much lower but regardless of its value don’t reject your first offer and definitely don’t be offended by it. If a buyer low balled you, take it into consideration. If they offered your asking price, that’s great. Don’t accept it right away. Every offer has an expiration date, usually 1-2 weeks from submission, but that doesn’t mean you should

The Property Disclosure Statement Explained

This is part 3 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process.These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes.

 Step 1: You're Ready To Sell Your Home Step 2: How To Price Your Home To Sell Step 4: What To Do With Your First Offer Step 5: How And When To Accept An Offer Step 6: What To Expect When You're Closing

As the owner of a California home for sale, your experience in the home gives you detailed knowledge about the past and present condition. This knowledge is essential for your buyer to know before purchasing your home. California state law requires you to complete the Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement and give it to the

How To Price Your Home To Sell

This is part 2 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process.These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes.

 Step 1: You're Ready To Sell Your Home Step3: The Property Disclosure Statement Explained Step 4: What To Do With Your First Offer Step 5: How And When To Accept An Offer Step 6: What To Expect When You're Closing

Now that your home is staged and you’ve done your market research, it’s time to apply what you have learned and decide on an asking price. Remember from last week’s article: be brutally honest.

It’s tempting to markup the price you bought your home for and throw it on the market but you risk under- or over-pricing, both of which

You're Ready To Sell Your Home

This is part 1 of a series of 6 articles that guide homeowners through the home selling process. These articles provide insight and suggestions to help homeowners sell their homes.

Step 2: How To Price Your Home To Sell
Step 3: The Property Disclosure Statement Explained
Step 4: What To Do With Your First Offer
Step 5: How And When To Accept An Offer
Step 6: What To Expect When You're Closing

You may be considering selling your home for a variety of reasons: You landed a new job, your growing family needs more space, you’re getting a divorce, or you just want a change of neighborhood. Regardless of your reason, once  you are in the market to sell your home, you want the best return on your investment. Getting

Once your house is on the market it’s time to make it ready for potential buyers. Home staging has become an important part of selling property because it gives buyers an opportunity to see how their life can fit into your home. Of course, you will need to scrub and vacuum every square inch of the house, but staging is more than just cleanliness. It’s about how the buyer experiences the house. If you have the spare cash, hiring professional stagers, known as Accredited Staging Professionals, is the easiest and fastest way to stage your home. But, if you are planning on doing it yourself, here is a 10 step list of musts.

 

1. Make a List and Check it More Than Twice

Walk through your house and make notes of every major and minor imperfection. Nothing

Home sellers today are seeing an increase in multiple bids, or bidding wars. The best offer is accepted, but sometimes a real estate transaction will not go through. In that case, the home has to go back on the market. The only way around re-listing is to accept a backup offer.

What is a backup offer?

A backup offer is an offer for your property that you are ready to accept if the primary offer doesn’t make it to the close of escrow. Real estate transactions can fall through for a variety of reasons, so it’s better to be safe. Backup offers, however, can be tricky. It’s important to know and consider the following 4 things about backup offers before you accept your first one.

1. A backup offer is as legally binding as a primary Purchase Agreement.