The Home Selling Process
For most families, selling their Austin home is one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make. The process can be daunting, with many important questions that need to be answered. Choosing the best Austin Realtor to market and sell your Austin home can make all the difference, turning an otherwise difficult, stressful process into a comfortable, informed experience that you are in control of. As experienced, local Austin Realtors, we will make sure that you get the best price for your home, in the least amount of time and keep you informed & educated every step of the way.
Why List your home with Friedman Realtors?
Because we don’t just put a sign in front of your home, we MARKET your home! Our team is dedicated to making sure your home is found EVERYWHERE on the Internet, making it more accessible to thousands of potential Austin Home Buyers. In addition to the Austin MLS, we list your home on Trulia, Zillow, Google, Yahoo, Oodle, and many more! In addition, we will help you prepare your home for sale, making it that much more attractive to potential buyers. Staging your home is one of the most important home selling techniques and can help your home sell faster and for more money. We will offer you staging tips, checklists and advice to prepare your home for showings and open houses. Realtor.com buyer research shows that when shopping for a home online buyers want to see: 83% said multiple photos, 81% wanted detailed property info, 60% virtual tours. Our agents will take tons of photos of your home & will submit all available info on it into our MLS system including Virtual Tours. We do everything, because that’s what it takes to sell your home! Print Advertising? Although print advertising is becoming less affective because of the convenience and ease of the Internet, we still market our properties in print to further our reach of local home buyers. Some of the ways we use print advertising include postcards, newspaper, Homes & Land Magazine, and more.
We understand that selling your home is a big decision. When you are ready, start with our easy What’s Your Home Worth? evaluation. We will provide you with a detailed Comparative Market Analysis that will tell you Comparative Properties that have sold and closed within the last 12 months, Comparative Active listings – properties currently for sale, Comparative Pending sales – listings that have sold but not yet closed, Comparative Expired listings – properties that did not sell during the listing period, a detailed report on your Home and the estimate of its value based on today’s market and more. Next we will set an appointment to come over and meet with you in your home, and go over your wants & needs and discuss the process of selling your home and what you can expect from us.
Below we have provided you with a list of steps to the Austin home selling process. Whether you are just starting to think of selling your home or you have already began the process, these tips and tools will be an invaluable resource to you in the months to come.
Give us a call when you are ready to get started. Our agents are willing and motivated to get your home sold in record breaking time!
Home Selling Process
1. Plan and Prepare to Sell Your House
Putting your house on the market doesn’t happen overnight. Most homes need thorough assessments as well as paint jobs and repairs. As the real estate market changes, you may also want to wait for a particular time of year or market climate before listing your home for sale.
2. Stage Your Home
The difference between a staged home and an unstaged home can translate to thousands of dollars in the sale price. Clutter often makes rooms seem smaller, and overwhelming decorations may prevent a potential buyer from envisioning their own style in the room. This is a time to truly accept that you’re moving forward and allow yourself to picture your home through potential buyers’ eyes. Check out our Staging Your Home page for more info on how to sell your home faster. We also have some great resources on our Pinterest page!
3. Get a REALTOR
Finding a realtor trained in your local market trends can help ensure you receive the best offer on your home as quickly as possible. Realtors have access to more marketing possibilities than the average home seller, which means that your home listing will reach more potential buyers in less time. Your realtor will also be instrumental in finalizing the paperwork involved with closing on your home sale. Our Austin Realtors are experienced, motivated and ready to help!View our Austin Real Estate Agents
4. Set the Price
Your agent will likely help you figure out the best listing price for your home. Market trends, neighborhood values, and interest rates will all figure into the final number. Seller contributions, mortgage point funding, and home improvement promises may also figure into the deal. A broker is likely to help you finalize this number while including all possible variables. To get started check out our What’s Your Home Worth? page
5. Market Your Home
Your realtor will likely turn to the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) first by entering your home into the online database. Realtors also have client bases they specifically target with mailings, new-listing announcements, and company newsletters. Your realtor’s broker may also become involved by making phone calls, contacting perspective clients, and following up with open house visitors.
6. Sell Your Home
Having an experienced realtor in your corner is especially important come negotiation time. This is more than just a financial arrangement, it’s an emotional one, as well. Selling your home can mean a job change, school changes for your children, and possibly leaving behind everything familiar to you and your family. People will be coming in and out of your home, sizing it up for themselves. Your realtor wears many hats, and helping you with your emotional transition is a priority for them. From fielding phone calls about your home to drafting complex paperwork, your realtor will do anything they can to make your home selling process as stress-free as possible.
7. The Closing Process
Once you’ve finally accepted an offer on your home, inspections will be done to satisfy both the buyer and their mortgage lender. Many sale agreements are incredibly complex and feature a number of qualifications and fine print. Your realtor is familiar with these documents and can help guide you through the process.
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