Information for Sellers

Let's begin the home selling process so that you can understand how easy and hassle-free Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers agents make it for our valued clients.

Choose a link from the list below, or follow them step-by-step to learn more:

#1 Is It Time To Sell?

The first question you might want to ask yourself is, "Why do I want to sell my home?" Do you need more space? Are you an empty nester looking for a smaller space? Have you accepted a job in a different part of the country? All of these questions affect the potential sale of your home and the negotiating process of that sale.

You may also want to begin making a list of all of the interior and exterior projects that you want to complete before placing your home on the market.

Contacting a Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers Real Estate Agent will point you in the right direction, too. Our agents have the knowledge and understanding of the industry. They can provide reliable information and get you moving in the right direction towards the sale of your home.

#2 Preparing the Property for Sale

Assessing your home is key in beginning the home selling process. You may want to ask yourself, "What would I like to see or not see if I were touring this home as a potential home buyer?"

Problems like chipped paint, dirty walls, windows and doors, unfinished remodeling projects and cluttered garages are all areas for home selling improvement. Your real estate agent can assist you with this process.

#3 Determining Property Value

There are a number of factors that go into determining the value of a home.

  • Your agent can provide you with a free Comparative Market Analysis for your home.
  • The law of supply and demand always comes into play. Do you live in an area with increasing job opportunities or an increasing/decreasing supply of homes?
  • The selling price is not cut and dry. On many occasions the seller will negotiate the price, split closing costs or offer different allowances to the buyer, to make the sale of the home complete.

Only a qualified Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers agent can provide a fair market analysis of the properties for sale in your area. A Market Analysis is free and without obligation. For more information on how to receive a FREE Market Analysis that will help you properly determine the value of your home, click here to contact us.

#4 Marketing Your Property

There are a number of different ways that an agent can drive traffic to view your home:

  • Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
  • Open Houses
  • Websites/Internet
  • Print Advertising
  • Agent/broker tours
  • Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers Marketing Strategies

#5 Selling Your Property

The Offer

An acceptable offer depends on many different things:

  • Is the proposed offer near the asking price?
  • What if several offers are received at the same time?

Negotiating

This negotiating process can at times seem very complicated. However, if you have the right Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers agent, all of this can be made hassle-free.

During the negotiating process of the sale of a home, the seller can react in one of three different ways:

  1. Accept the buyer's proposed offer
  2. Decline the buyer's offer
  3. Make a new counter-offer

#6 The Closing Process

The closing process is always changing. It is even referred to as "settlement" or "escrow" in different parts of the county. With increased technology, most closings are completely automated and both parties do not have to be present at the same time to sign.

Closings usually take about 30 days to complete. This mainly depends on the buyer's financing availability, successful home inspection completion, and various lender conditions.

The closing process is the transfer of the title of the property from the buyer to the seller. The buyer will receive the keys to the home or the deed to the land, while the seller receives payment for the property. The amount the seller receives is based upon the amount that is still owed on the mortgage, any outstanding fees or taxes and any additional closing costs. All legal papers are filed with the local record office.

It is this step where the buyers and sellers do very little. It is important as the seller to take a final walk through the property to make sure the property's condition as not changed. It is equally important for both the buyer and seller to make sure the paperwork they are signing reflects the agreement of the original sale.

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