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.
As first time home buyer and being from out of state, Lisa Borders with RE/MAX Crossroads was incresible. She made the entire process simple, easy to understand and was very encouraging and comforting. She has impressive knowledge of the area, is certainly an expert in the process, great communication skills-responsiveness to text, calls, question anytime of the day and incredible at negotiating. She accommodated our whirlwind trip to Shelby to see several houses and put in a bid in 24 hours by setting up showings all over, easy to follow directions, allowed us to take our time viewing properties and weight pros-cons and seeing the neighborhood. She...— Courtney O.
First, Very, Very Professional. Lisa had a big challenge, she had to prepare two homes to sell for us. Also, Lisa needed to search for the proper real estate value. during this process, Lisa need to tackle our requirements at the same time find a new home that would meet our needed because this new home would be our final Retirement home. You could not ever expect anyone to go as far as Lisa did keeping in contact 24/7. We consider Lisa as family and will recommend this professional as the best Real estate Agent I've ever worked with. Well, today my wife and I are very Blessed to know Lisa, Thank you Lisa Borders, We love you!— Dickson
Well being from out of town trying to sell a home especially when 3 family members are involved in the process can be difficult. I cannot tell you how appreciated we all are that Lisa Borders was able to sell our parents house for us, after being extremely unhappy with a previous Realtor® we were able to get Lisa. I would highly recommend Lisa Borders if you are looking for a real pro Realtor®. She was a great negotiator and really helped make the sale of our home, and had the patience dealing with all our family in the different time-zones. Thank you so much Lisa for all your efforts, you make Remax Crossroads a Class Act.— Eric B.
If you need to sell your house, Lisa is who you need to use. I had never sold a house before and was completely clueless about the whole process. Lisa helped walk me through everything one step at a time. Even though my house was on the smaller side, she worked just as hard to market my house with the pictures, matterport, listing as she would have with a house twice the size. I cannot say enough good things about Lisa. She was absolutely wonderful. She made a very stressful thing in my life, very easy and simple.— Heather
Amazing! Above and beyond! Lisa had soo much patience with us and finding the home we love! I am so thankful I chose her she is not about putting money first, she puts your family first! Make sure we have something safe, and worthy of her selling it to you! I am so thankful for the endless questions I asked she would always find me an answer! I will definitely be telling everyone about Lisa Borders with an S! Thank you so much!— April F.
Lisa helped us buy this house in 2008 and now she helped us sell this home. I am thankful she was still in Real Estate. She has patients, she knowledgeable of Real Estate, she helps explains how selling a home goes, and she also helps you find a home that you want. If you want a Realtor® that knows her job, professional, and expertise, then you need Lisa Borders.— Jenna W.
Lisa is a professional Realtor®. She utilizes the most up-to-date digital tools to ensure your house is exposed to as many potential buyers as possible. Every step of the selling process was clearly laid out by Lisa and made easy for my wife and I. Highly recommend Lisa Borders to you as a Realtor® with the market savvy and drive to return you a successful sale.— Tim M.
After listing our property with Lisa we had an offer within a week. We worked with the buyers and negotiated a mutual price agreement. Even though we had a few issues arise during the due diligence period we were able to successfully close on our property within the allotted period. I would recommend Lisa to help others sell or buy a property.— Allan C.
Lisa is so knowledgeable of the area and so very personable with me and my husband. She took the time to research and guide us in our goals to sell our home quickly. It sold to the very first buyer on the first day on the market. I was amazed, she made it happen and did so with very little stress. I would recommend Lisa to anyone.— Seller
Lisa was very responsive to all questions and concerns. Any updates about the deal, I was let know almost immediately. I used her as my Realtor® to close on my very first home. Will use again and highly recommend. She was fierce in the real estate deal. Lisa is for you and is very knowledgeable about the real estate world.— Chasty K.
Lisa is great to work with. She is very professional and cares about her clients. She is honest and will do all she can to sell your property. (I sold my mom's house). If there is a problem she will work until it is resolved. She keeps you informed of everything going on. I highly recommend her if you are selling/buying.— Luanne G.
I have been very lucky to get Lisa as my agent. She made me feel as if I was the only person she had to work with. She was also very easy to contact didn't care when or what time she was there for me. Since I had moved from out of state her local knowledge was very much needed. She will fight for you to get things right.— Chris
Lisa was the consummate professional during the whole selling process. She was attentive and positive and always very quick to respond to our questions. Her photographer and video team were outstanding. As a result, our home sold in three days. I would recommend her highly to anyone thinking of selling or buying a home.— Elvia V.
If you are looking to buy or sell you home, Lisa is the best Realtor® to work with. She went above and beyond to help me sell my home. I have a very busy schedule and she was able to help with all the details to make sure everything went smoothly. Because of her hard work, I had multiple full price offers in 24 hours.— Robert B.
She was very prompt. She is very helpful. Lisa knows how to sale a house. She also knows how to help you find the house for you. Lisa was prompt in getting the information to you. You are her main priority. The best Realtor® in Gaston, Lincolnton, and Cleveland county. If you need a Realtor® please contact Lisa Borders.— Jeanna W.
We were looking to buy and Lisa came highly recommended from a very close friend of ours. Lisa was super patient, helpful, and knowledgeable. When the right listing popped up, she was on it. We now own our very first home and Lisa was top-notch all the way. Thanks for making our first buying experience so easy.— Brian M.
Lisa Borders is absolutely amazing at what she does! She helped buy our first house, sell it a few years later and buy our new house! Not to mention she had our house under contract in 2 days! We absolutely love her and recommend her to anyone looking for a Realtor®!— Katelyn L.
Lisa was very accommodating. Quick at answering a text, to find out information for you. Recommended Lisa, who was easy to work with. No pressure, just great professionalism. I loved working with Lisa and gladly recommend her as an extraordinary Realtor®.— Marie W.
Positive, professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, great to work with, stayed on top of all questions we had. Very easy to deal with great advertising for my house along with 360 videos to show your home off. Would recommend her to anyone.— Ricky T.
Lisa is an amazing person and Realtor®. She helped us achieve our goals by finding our perfect starter home. Thank you so much for all that you have done for us. We couldn’t ask for anything better. I definitely recommend Lisa to get the job done.— Katelyn L.
Lisa is amazing. She helped us sell our house and buy our new one in record time. She walked us through every step and answered any questions we had. She made the entire process seamless. Thank you, Lisa.— Debra & Chris D.
Lisa is an awesome agent. She will go above and beyond and will make you feel as if you are the only buyer or seller. Will use it again in the future and recommend her to our friends and family!— Marsha T.
Great to work with, stayed on top of all questions we had. Very easy to deal with great advertising for my house along with 360 videos to show your home off. Would recommend her to anyone!— Ricky T.
Very knowledgeable and great to work with. I purchased a home in Cherryville NC, and the process was very smooth. She has experience and is a great choice for your Real Estate needs.— Wayne B.
Lisa is amazing. If you are looking to sell your home or buy your dream home then she is your girl. She helped me so much through it all. I love this woman. Thank you Lisa.— Kelly G.
Thanks, Lisa for your hard work finding a buyer for our rental home in such a timely fashion. Such an incredible experience working with you. Thanks so much.— Danny & Angela S.
Lisa is great to work with I recommend anyone looking to purchase a property to call Lisa you won’t be disappointed!— Greg H.
Lisa helped me with a purchase of a home in Cherryville NC. The process went very smooth and we closed on time!— Buyer
Fantastic Realtor®! Things went way smoother than I ever thought possible.— David B.
Lisa stuck with us until the deal was done, she can do it for you too.— Daniel M.
I'm passionate about helping my clients sell their homes and buyers find their dream homes. It’s not about the sale that makes me happy, it’s knowing I have made a difference in my clients lives by finding their dream home or selling their home.