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WHAT TO KNOW WHEN
SELLING REAL ESTATE

·         LISTING PROCESS

·         SHOWINGS OF YOUR PROPERTY

·         OFFER TO PURCHASE

·         INSPECTIONS

·        CLOSING

Making the decision to sell your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.  It’s your home, has been for a long time, but you need to upgrade because the family has grown, or your tastes have changed, or you are having to re-locate due to a promotion or change of employment.  Whatever the reason, you want to make sure you get the most out of the sale of your home, and you want to make sure you have that one professional, who can take all your worries and eliminate them, so you can focus on your new move.

 

YOUNT AUCTION AND REALTY is that group of professionals.  As your Seller’s Representative, we insure your home will be marketed to get top market value, and in the shortest period of time.

 

LISTING PROCESS

YOUNT AUCTION AND REALTY is committed to offering the highest standards of professional service to all our clients.  To insure your property is marketed to its fullest potential and to obtain the highest possible market value, a YOUNT AUCTION AND REALTY will sit down with you and develop a complete marketing plan that is specifically designed for you.  Some of the steps of a marketing plan are:

  • Prepare a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to establish a fair market value
  • Prepare a listing contract giving YOUNT AUCTION AND REALTY the exclusive right to be YOUR Real Estate representative
  • Register your property with the Catawba Valley MLS
  • Place a “FOR SALE” sign on the property
  • Place a lock box on the property-if needed
  • Notify top agents in the area of your listing
  • Create flyers with information about the property for “shoppers” to give them an idea of the property specifications
  • Conduct “Open Houses” if requested
  • Arrange showings for other agents
  • Pre-Qualify potential buyers
  • Present and discuss ALL offers with you, the seller
  • Negotiate on your behalf with other agents
  • Finalize the closing
  • AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!!!

 

SHOWINGS OF YOUR PROPERTY

Setting up showings for you is one of the most important steps in selling your property.  This is what sells a prospective buyer, YOUR HOME!  When buyers or buyer’s agents contact us to set up a showing, we will work with the other agents to make it as convenient on them, but also making it convenient for you.

 

It is very important that your home be as presentable as possible, because first impressions, as with anything, are very important.  With buyers, first impressions count.  A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer.  Some suggestions that will aid you in getting that unforgettable first impression and eventually an offer at top market value are:

 

GENERAL MAINTENANCE

·        Oil squeaky doors

·         Tighten doorknobs

·        Replace burned out lights

·         Clean windows

CURB APPEAL

·        Cut lawns

·         Trim shrubs if necessary

·        Weed-eat and edge lawn

·         Pick-up litter

·        Clean walkway and driveway of leaves and grass

·         Repair bent gutters and/or eaves

SPIC AND SPAN

·         Create tidy environment

·        Clean washer, dryer, and tubs

·         Clean furnace

·        Clean refrigerator

THE BUYING ATMOSPHERE

·         Be absent during showings

·        Turn on all lights

·         Open drapes and blinds during day

·        Soft mood music in background

·         Create a clean smell with potpourri or candles

THE FIRST IMPRESSION

·         Clean and tidy entrance

·        Functional doorbell

·         Polish door hardware

·        Touch-up paint if necessary

THE SPACIOUS LOOK

·         Clean stairways and halls

·        Store excess furniture

·         Clean counters and stove

 

Hopefully, with some of all of these suggestions done, buyers will be so impressed with your home they will make an Offer to Purchase on the property.

 

OFFER TO PURCHASE

Once a buyer chooses to offer a contract on your home, YOUNT AUCTION AND REALTY will go to work, insuring that all information about your home containing “MATERIAL FACTS” has been communicated with the buyer’s agent, and that all terms of any offer are understood and relayed to you for your decision.  Should you decide the first offer is not acceptable, but workable, then you have the right to go back to the buyer with more acceptable terms, and this is called a counter-offer.  This could be done verbally or preferably in writing, and could go back and forth several times before an agreement is reached.  Once the offer is mutually agreed upon, you can then begin to prepare your home for the different inspections (home and pest) and an appraisal.  These are steps which the buyer has a right to have performed, which is also their responsibility to arrange.  Part of the contract will give the buyer the right to have access for his agents to get inspections and appraisals.

 

 

                   QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE

 

INSPECTIONS

The buyer’s representative will make all the arrangements for the appraisal and any inspections.  They will then advise us of those appointments so we can be prepared, and will know of the times to make sure they are convenient.  The lender for the buyer will require the appraisal to insure the market value of the house meets or exceeds the amount being loaned on the property.  The home inspectors will make sure certain items in the home are functional (electrical, plumbing, built-in appliances, heating and cooling, and some structural areas), and will report back to the buyer of any potential problems.  In the event of any potential problems, you will be advised in writing, and appropriate repairs can be made based on your decision.  Your YOUNT AUCTION AND REALTY professional can advise you throughout this process of your rights and obligations, and work with you to ensure closing.

 

Another inspection that could be done is a Pest Inspection, to insure there is no possible active infestation of insects you probably won’t be aware of, and we can recommend to you a list of licensed pest control professionals to administer the proper treatments if there is any. 

 

Should you have further questions about home inspections and how they work for both the Seller and the Buyer, please click on the link below:

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON HOME INSPECTIONS

 

CLOSING

The day has finally come.  Your part of the closing is as simple as reviewing the closing statement (HUD-1 Form), and signing the deed, transferring your ownership.  Your YOUNT AUCTION AND REALTY agent will be with you all the way.  Should you have any further questions regarding the closing, please click on the link below:

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS

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