Everything You Need To Know About Putting Your Home On The Market, Accepting An Offer, And Closing On Your Home.
Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.
What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your realtor once you choose one so he or she can adjust your selling price accordingly.
Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.
If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.
I will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. My team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.
Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.
Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your agent.
You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. I will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.
You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your realtor to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.
Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.
Nancy and I want to thank you for the terrific work you did for the Andersen and Powell families. As you know, Nancy and I were charged with interviewing several realtors and firms to determine who could best represent our objectives: comprehensively and professionally expose the property to both the residential and commercial markets, find the right buyer, help us through estate issues, and get us through a smooth closing. It's not always easy getting various family stakeholders to agree on something as important as this, but after meetings with the candidates and reviewing their RFPs, our choice was clear, and you did not disappoint. In fact, yo...— J & N West
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I truly cannot say more OUTSTANDING things about Jordan. He is professional and outgoing while considering the needs of the seller and buyer. It was an absolute pleasure. Thank you.— The Fulse Family
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This was the first time that we sell a house in the US and Jordan made the process very easy and smooth, Jordan explained the process very clear, recomended the right price and also helped dealed with the Tenants at the same time. Best Property Management and Realtor in Manatee County!!— Alex Pabon
Jordan is an excellent partner for real estate sales and real estate rentals. He is very innovative, responsive and dedicated which is critical in the real estate business. We highly recommend Jordan and what he brings to the table if you are in the market to sell, buy or rent.— The Specht Family
Jordan was excellent in his responsiveness and attention to detail. HIs knowledge of the Bradenton area is extensive which is helpful to newcomers unfamiliar with the area. We highly recommend Jordan and would definitely use him in our next home purchase.— The Burton Family
Jordan made it so easy for us, a working couple with a young child, to list and sell our home! He worked around our schedules to make everything happen. Jordan’s communication and responsiveness is impeccable. He was always right there to advise us when we had questions about the whole process. It is obvious his knowledge of real estate transactions, the industry in general, and the Southwest Florida region is second to none. Jordan’s friendly and easy-going demeanor can make anyone feel at ease even in stressful real estate transactions. We were relaxed from listing until closing because we knew Jordan was working behind the scenes with our best in...— The Reed Family
I had the pleasure of working with Jordan Chancey for approximately a year. As a title agents, we have a tendancy to critique real estate agents, how they rate with communicating to title companies with necessary information to process a file to close and more importantly, how they rate with the consumer, whether a seller or buyer of real estate. Jordan Chancey has excellent ratings for both as an real estate agent and how he facilitates with the title industry. A plus for the real estate industry and consumers!— Kathy C.
How's this for service: Since we are out of state we needed some extra attention getting our house sold. Jordan worked on getting qualified contractors lined up for multiple issues that needed to be fixed and also had the home staged and photographed for the ad. He also researched pricing and listed the house 12% over what Zillow valued the home for. Then, wait for it, he got us a full offer price 3 days after we listed it! Jordan is easy to work with and is very professional. I would highly recommend him.— Baracat Family
I can’t say enough nice things about Jordan! We have been working with him for 3 years considering to sell. Every time we would change our mind he stayed patient with us. We finally decided to sell our home and it was under contract in under 24 hours! He took care of everything and the process was very smooth for us. We really appreciate all his hard work and professionalism. I would recommend to anyone.— The Fox Family
I had my house listed with another agent and was frustrated with the results so I interviewed multiple other agents that came with the highest reviews. I decided to go with Jordan and he proved to me that I had definitely made the right choice! Jordan sold my home 10 days after he got the listing. He made the process fun and enjoyable! If you want the "best of the best" Jordan is your agent!— Stacy Jo Thompson
Jordan - you have been super during this whole deal. Thanks for hanging in there with us to get this completed and thank you for all of your extra efforts during the sale and during the rental periods. We will always recommend you to any of our relatives and friends looking to buy and sell in the Sarasota area.— The Specht Family
I can’t say enough great things about Jordan! He stayed right with us during the sale of our home, weathering the Coronavirus. He’s personable, caring, gave us expert advice and presented our house in an amazing way. If you want the best realtor around, choose Jordan!— The Titus Family
If you want a top notch and professional realtor Jordan Chancey gets the job done. He goes the extra mile and knows how to sell property. Give him a call, set up an appointment and have him represent your home! You’ll be very glad you did.— Mary Ann Rihm - S.
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