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Should You Sell Your Own Home? (Post 3 of 3)

(Continued from last week…) 

Should you sell your own home?  Your goal is to sell your home in the shortest time for the most money.  You feel by NOT hiring a Realtor®, you can save on the real estate commission by selling the home yourself.  Consider the following steps you must take:

11. Negotiate with buyers.  Throughout the negotiation it is important to remain calm and act as an impartial third party.  This can “make or break” a sale.

12. Home inspection preparation.  Many buyers stipulate in their contracts that the offer is contingent upon a favorable inspection.  Therefore, find out what will take place when your home is inspected and be prepared to respond to problems that may be uncovered.  You must be available when the prospective buyers schedule the inspection.  A typical inspection will last one to three hours.

13. Educate yourself on radon testing. More homebuyers are now insisting on radon tests as part of the home buying process.  Contact your county public health department, or call the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more information.  Your understanding of radon could be your best ally and eliminate problems from buyers.

14. Finalize sale.  Obtain all forms necessary for the legal sale of your property.  Your attorney and banker can assist you with all the details.  If not, remember to negotiate with the buyer(s) all final terms such as price, financing, inspections, date of closing, date of possession, etc.  A final walk-through should be planned (have a witness present) in order to prevent any disputes.

15. Purchase your new property.  While marketing your current property, locate and negotiate your next purchase.  Both transactions should take place at the same time.  This schedule will enable you, and the buyer of your  property, to move at the same time.

For a complete printable list of home selling tips, click here

You may be one of those people who is comfortable in the role of “For Sale by Owner,” but if you aren’t, a Semonin agent will be happy to assist you in any way.  Call today.  And remember Semonin Realtors is dedicated to giving you superior service.  We will sell your home in the shortest time – for the best price – and make the sale of your home as smooth as possible.

Please visit us at our website, www.Semonin.com .

Should You Sell Your Own Home? (Post 2 of 3)

(Continued from last week…) 

Should you sell your own home?  Your goal is to sell your home in the shortest time for the most money.  You feel by NOT hiring a Realtor®, you can save on the real estate commission by selling the home yourself.  Consider the following steps you must take:

6. Advertise.  Check rates for newspaper, homes magazines & television advertising.  Also consider the investment of time in advertising on multiple online sites.  Create a budget.  Write and design an advertisement that will attract the right buyers to your property.

7. Contact out-of-town buyers.  Prepare a plan to reach prospective buyers moving to town.  Out-of-town buyers account for a notable share of today’s home buyers.

8. Show home to prospective buyers. Make sure you are available, and your property is always prepared, for a showing.  A potential buyer may call anytime and wish to see the home.

9. Hold open houses.  Schedule your open houses on weekends.  To make your property more inviting, place flowers in some of the rooms.  Scented candles are a nice touch and  nothing is more inviting than the smell of freshly baked bread or cookies.  It is important that you are available to answer prospective buyers’ questions: information on schools, parks, shopping, churches, etc.  Be discreet; buyers may feel uncomfortable with the home owner around.

10. Prescreen prospective buyers.  Learn to separate “lookers” from qualified buyers.  Ask for names and phone numbers.  Follow up with phone calls; be careful not to sound overly anxious.

More information will be available on selling your own home next week.  For a complete printable list, click here

You may be one of those people who is comfortable in the role of “For Sale by Owner,” but if you aren’t, a Semonin agent will be happy to assist you in any way.  Call today.  And remember Semonin Realtors is dedicated to giving you superior service.  We will sell your home in the shortest time – for the best price – and make the sale of your home as smooth as possible.

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