Welcome to my home sellers page. With literally hundreds of homes being sold each year in Douglas County, and each transaction being quite unique, I’ve never met a home seller who doesn’t want the same exact things when listing a home…
- To sell for the highest possible price
- To sell in the shortest amount of time
- To do it all with the fewest hassles as possible.
That sound about right?
Selling a home is a complex process and can be a challenge, even for the best of us. That’s why I think the most important thing you can do when thinking about selling is ask for help.
That doesn’t mean you should run out and list your property with the first real estate broker you meet.
A prepared home seller has a better chance of selling their home for the highest possible price with fewer hassles.
What used to take home sellers only two or three pages to complete now requires a tedious 10+ pages in order to stay compliant. We’ve had multiple seller’s disclosure statement updates, and a myriad of new environmental concerns. All of which anyone considering selling a home needs to be made aware of.
Seriously, we’ve had more changes and updates over the past 10 years than you could shake a stick at!
Because the way we sell homes has has changed so much, Realtors have also had to change the way we represent home sellers and buyers as well. That can make the job of choosing a qualified listing real estate broker a little more more challenging.
List Or Go it Alone?
So what’s your next move? The next decision for future home sellers is deciding whether you plan on going it alone (for sale by owner), or you plan on listing your home with a broker.
Here are a few thoughts about each:
- Go it alone (FSBO): If you decide to try selling your home on your own, you’ll want to do your research to make sure you’re not only compliant, but priced correctly and prepared for the journey as well. Some things to consider are:
- Making sure you have a plan to handle buyer calls when you’re at work?
- Do you have all the necessary legal disclosures and how will you pre-qualify your potential home buyers?
- Are you prepared to negotiate directly with a potential buyer?
- Although I understand that home sellers often think they will be saving the commission if they sell on their own, statistics show otherwise. According to NAR 2013 statistics, the average home selling price for FSBO’s was $174,900 vs. $250,000 for homes listed with an agent.
- List with a broker: If you choose to list with a broker, make sure you interview different agents to make sure your broker is equipped to meet your needs. The fact is, not all agents are great listing agents, just like not all agents are cut out to work with buyers. You will want to ask your potential listing broker about his/her experience and training in fields such as:
- Real estate marketing. Both online and offline marketing to reach today’s tech savvy home buyers.
- Home financing.
- Negotiating and closing.
- It’s also a good idea to ask if he/she sells real estate full time or part time.
Selling a home is not an easy thing to do, but it can be done if you understand everything that’s involved. All of the information you find under my home sellers tab will help you prepare for a successful home selling journey, get the highest possible price, and eliminate many of the hassles along the way. Happy home selling! Troy~