Selling

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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.

As you embark on the journey to sell your home, you will be introduced to the comparative market analysis (CMA). The CMA will give you an idea of the market climate and since home selling does not happen in a vacuum, it is important to understand the competition and how you can competitively position your home in the market. If you are not utilizing the CMA as a tool in your home selling process then you need to be. We are bringing you the top 3 reasons a comparative market analysis will help sell your home.

What Is A Comparative Market Analysis?

A CMA is an in-depth look at homes similar to yours in size, location, condition, and amenities that have sold within the past 3 to 6 months. This analysis is a regular part of your First Team agent’s

When it comes to high-end home staging, some people mistakenly believe that all home stagers are created equal and downplay the need to stage your home, effectively. To help you understand the importance of staging your home and finding a qualified stager, we talked to First Team Real Estate agent, Kathy Leimkuhler, about her highly successful approach to high-end home staging and suggestions on finding a qualified stager.

Leimkuhler always brings the professional home stager she works with to meet the buyer and look at the home. Her belief that staging sells has proved itself to her over numerous transactions, including homes that were previously unsellable. Finding a qualified home stager requires you to do a little research but don’t worry, we

In the latest National Association of Realtors (NAR) report, home sellers can expect competitive pricing this year to move forward as the real-estate market continues to shift towards sellers. If you're in the market of selling your home in today's highly competitive market, here are 10 common mistakes you need to know and learn how to avoid.

1)  Pricing your home improperly

The most common mistake home sellers make is improperly pricing their home: overpricing and underpricing. The damage of underpricing is taking an unnecessary loss on your home. With overpricing, it becomes more complex. An overpriced home will be neglected by buyers and their agents. A seller who lists their house over the local market value will have to drop the asking price…

The market for short sales, whereby underwater homeowners sell their homes despite owing more on the mortgage than the property’s value, is expected to hit an all-time high in 2012 because bankers now realize that this option is more profitable than foreclosure. Data from RealtyTrac shows that during the first quarter of this year alone, the number of short sales – 109,521 – was up 25 percent on an annual basis, showing the highest level observed in three years. In some cases, the desire to help move on from underwater, distressed properties is so strong that banks have even begun to offer underwater borrowers large sums of money if they agree to a short sale for their distressed property. Distressed homeowners believe that the expression “short sale” is…