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 team of real estate agents 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 team of real estate agents once you choose one so they 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 team of real estate agents is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. A team of real estate agents 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.
We 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. Our 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 team of real estate agents.
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. We 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 team of real estate agents 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.
Randall sold our home and helped us buy our dream home. He is very professional and knowledgeable. He was always available to answer all my questions- even on the weekends and in the evenings. In real estate, he makes things happen. I highly recommend Randall to everyone!— Seller
Our experience with Randall, as our agent, was excellent. He looked out for our best interest, and was very knowledgeable, informative, and responsive. He made the process less stressful on many levels.— Seller
After the buyer’s purchase almost fell through, Randall put forth an effort to close the deal, and get my house sold, in a situation where most agents would be unable to do so. Randall’s knowledge and experience were on full display throughout the process. I’m happy I used Zitro Real Estate for this sale!— Buyer | Seller
Randall is an extremely knowledgeable agent and is great to work with. He responds quickly, is on top of things, takes the initiative, and knows how to get things done. He is also more than willing to take the time to explain any question or detail that may arise and go over it to ensure that you understand everything going on.— Bill W.
Randall Ortiz made sure that my first-time home buyer experience was incredibly positive. He always took the extra steps when it came to communicating with me about different property listings, offers we put in, as well any other questions I had. Randall was always very responsive which helped ease my mind throughout the process of finding my new home.— Ang M.
If you want someone who has a high motor and is relentless in getting everything done right, I would pick Randall Ortiz. By going with him on my latest home, I was able to save (by the end of the loan term) around $525,000 by negotiating the price down and getting a great rate. That doesn't "just happen" and is real money that I would have otherwise spent. 10/10 I would work with Randall next time.— Uriel G.
We have been working with Randall Ortiz since he helped us buy our first house in 2015. He was amazing to work with. He guided us through every step and gave sound advice on finding our home. Just recently he helped us upgrade to our new forever home. He is extremely knowledgeable, and experienced, and will work hard to get you the home you want. Whether you're buying or selling, we highly recommend Zitro Real Estate Services.— Noah P.
We had a great first-time home buying experience with Randall. He was very responsive. We would often see homes the same day we would contact him about a house we were interested in. He was always very easy to get in touch with as well. He is very knowledgeable about the neighborhoods we were looking in and the home-buying process. Randall even introduced us to some neighbors when we did our final walk-through. He is very easy to get along with and personable. Thank you, Randall!— Buyer
I am so grateful and happy to have Randall as our agent. He went above and beyond to make sure we were extremely satisfied. He listened to our wants and was able to make it a reality even when it didn’t seem possible. He is punctual, honest, professional, and committed to his clients. I have been referring him to friends and family and anyone I know who is looking into buying a home! Thank you so much Randall for looking out for our best, getting us the best deal possible, and making our dreams come true!— Mindy N.
I've worked with Randall at Zitro Real Estate on numerous transactions over the years and each time the experience has been nothing short of fantastic. He's professional, always on top of things, and works diligently to keep the process moving forward. He's also very responsive, which isn't always the norm in this industry. If I have a question it's not uncommon for him to get back to me within minutes, Wow! He's never tried to rush me into a purchase and is always patient and understanding with me (even in the middle of my occasional meltdowns during the process). He's saved me on more than one occasion from putting in an offer on something out of ...— Jen S.
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