11 Most Important Steps to Selling a House with a Realtor

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Selling your home with a realtor is a fast, easy, and straightforward process that cuts out the uncertainty and mistakes that come with some real estate transactions. Connecting with a realtor’s the first step.

From there, the ride is simple. These professional real estate agents will have the industry knowledge and market expertise to guide you on every step along the way. The realtor will make selling a house as easy as possible for the homeowner..

Here are the eleven most important steps to selling a house with a realtor:

Step #1: Decide On A Realtor

The best realtor to sell a house is going to be one who experience and expertise in your local market. A realtor with this background should know how to competitively price your home according to your wishes. They can maximize your return and, most importantly, get a sale done.

Step #2: Schedule A Consultation

The next step to selling a house with a realtor is to schedule a consultation. If you don’t have a good feeling about them or don’t connect well, schedule a consultation with someone else. Any consultation is an opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for what a realtor would do for your property. In this stage or the next, a realtor might also bring forward market analyses and research on your property. This can help better understand their take on your property’s potential and their approach.

Step #3: Set the Price For Your Home

When talking with a realtor, they can give an idea on what sort of price range you will want to price your property at. You likely are already coming into a consultation with an idea on your home’s value. Discuss expectations with your realtor and what you’d like to receive. A realtor might recommend certain strategies to increase the likelihood of maximizing your take-home price.

Step #4: Setting Up the Terms For Showings

Showings can happen a number of ways. A realtor understands their clients are busy which oftentimes leads them to take over the process. Discuss with your realtor how you want showings to work and your schedule. They are usually booked around your schedule and a realtor can provide advice on how to maximize your availability.

Step #5: Getting Your Home Ready for Sale

Cleaning, decluttering, and improving curb appeal is what this step in selling a house with a realtor’s about. In this process, some homeowners choose to do some repairs or conduct renovations. Even minor maintenance work can contribute to an increase in closing price.

Step #6: Listing Your Home

A realtor is there to help list your home in directories both online and off. In this sense, a realtor knows all the tricks into presenting your home just right. They complete the write-up, manage advertisements, and field queries as they come in. A realtor knows the language to use. In preparation of your listing, a realtor is also likely to capture professional-grade photos and record details they can feature in the ad. It’s becoming increasingly common these days to record walkthrough videos of homes, showing the rooms like you would if it was a showing.

Step #7: Showing Your Home

Once again, the expertise of a realtor in showing a home is something that’s very valuable especially if you’re a first-time home-seller. Their experience is in presenting which means a realtor’s going to consult with you on everything from how to arrange furniture to cleaning the home and using tricks here and there to capitalize on the likelihood of a sale.

Step #8: Negotiating The Sale

Under your guidance, a realtor handles offers, negotiations, and paperwork. A realtor experienced with real estate negotiations can be worth their weight in gold getting you an optimum price for your property. If the home’s priced right, you may receive multiple offers. Realtors can help you in making educated, informed counteroffers and including contingencies in the counteroffer.

Step #9: Open Escrow, Schedule An Appraisal

A realtor will assist in opening escrow to accept a buyer’s offer. An appraisal will also be scheduled, at the buyer’s request. Normally, a seller does not receive a copy of the appraisal. Contingencies can be in play here, depending on what you prefer and/or the realtor have negotiated.

Step #10: Home Inspection

A home inspection will follow. As a homeowner, you are expected to have your property prepared for an inspection. This is as easy as preparing your attic or basement and ensuring a clear path is available for the inspector to do his work. This inspection can sometimes lead to changes in an intended offer. Your realtor can guide you through this process.

Step #11: Sign the Title and Close Escrow

Once everything’s good to go, you accept the offer, sign the remaining paperwork, and close escrow. Your property deed and deed of trust enter the public record. Requirements relating to your move-out day are specified in this process as well. Your sale proceeds are then wired to your bank account, after the deduction of any commissions and property sale fees. Having a realtor gives you an expert to take you from the early stages of preparation all the way through to completing the sale paperwork. It is well worth the partnership.

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