Your reasons for selling your home can dictate how the selling process will go. For example: Are you upsizing? Are you downsizing? Are you relocating? Are you getting married or getting divorced? Do you want to cash out your equity? Each of these reasons can result in priorities that are unique to selling.
Determine Your Bottom Line
Get a feel for the value of your home. Request a competitive market analysis (CMA) from Stacy which can be a guide to value your property with current market trends. Stop by local open houses so you can size up your competition. Once you have a ballpark price, subtract 7% to 9% for agent fees, closing costs, and taxes. Any money remaining after paying off your mortgage balance will be the proceeds from the sale, your net profit. The final question could be, can your projected sales price cover the expenses and meet your priorities for selling?
Decide When to Sell
Listing your house in spring is believed to be optimal. Families with children often move during summer break. The Austin market can be hot all year but the best chance of selling your home quickly and for the best price can be to list it in the spring. However, to help decide when it is best to list, call Stacy for guidance.
Prepare Your Home to Sell Quickly
Your home will need to impress prospective buyers all on its own. Consider staging an empty room with furniture or clearing the clutter from a crowded space. Fill each room with natural light. Make your home a place that anyone would love to live.
Remodeling May Not be Beneficial
Cosmetic improvements are a great way to freshen up the look of your home. Cleaning the carpets, power washing the deck, adding flowers to the landscape and hiring a professional service to deep clean your home will make the your home look more inviting. Ensure that the house has a clean, fresh smell to it. Maintain the cleanliness because having a dirty home might portray the image that the home has not been well cared for. Starting a major overhaul of the kitchen or bathrooms may not give you a great return on your investment.
Touch up the paint on the walls, replace burned-out light bulbs, fix faulty switches and have those leaky faucets repaired. When buyers visit your home, they are likely to test drive things in your home. Having everything in good working order will leave a good impression on potential buyers. If the house is vacant, the utilities will need to stay on so potential buyers can try out the things in your home.
Price Your Home Correctly
Sellers should be cautious when pricing their home, too high or too low can bring undesirable outcomes. Having a home that is overpriced tends to sit on the market for too long and becomes stale. Pricing your home at an appropriate price point for the current market will keep your home appealing to buyers and help it sell quickly.
List Your Home
When you list with Stacy, your listing will automatically appear on the MLS (Multiple Listing System), Realtor.com, Homes.com, Zillow, Trulia and other permission-based searches available to buyers as well as being showcased on www.stacytarrant.com. Your home will be present to top agents in the area and their numerous clients. Free professional photographs will be taken of your home to ensure your home looks its best.
Hold an Open House
Having a For Sale sign in the front yard is great to attract potential buyers driving the neighborhood. Holding an open house shortly after your home’s debut will greatly increase the chances for timely and multiple offers. Stacy will have each open house posted on websites available to the public to ensure the most traffic possible.
What Happens After the Offer?
Stacy will review offers from prospective buyers with you so you can decide on the offer that is right for you. After you agree to an acceptable offer then your home is under contract. The buyer’s agent will coordinate with Stacy who will monitor the inspection and appraisal process and handle negotiations and closing.
Stacy will keep you informed on the closing process and make sure everything goes smoothly.