Home Selling Checklist
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The checklist summarizes in quick bullets the home selling process. Use the checklist to quickly reference information you need about listing, showing and selling your home.
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Analyze Your Reason for Selling
Why sell your home? It could be because you are:
- making a career or change-of-life move
- moving up or down the housing scale
- moving to a better location
- or other
run your numbers and view alternatives to selling
When is the Best Time to Sell
The best to sell can vary by region and time.
If you are in a "sellers market" and situated in a good location, you will have no problem selling your home at or above the market price.
If you are in a "buyers market", it might take some creative presentation to get interested parties to make an offer.
There are different selling strategies
depending on your market and timing.
View timing issues when selling a home:
timing your home sale
View market and economic issues:
market and economic timing of your home sale
Select the Method for Selling Your Home
You need to decide how you want to sell your home. Your selling options include:
- sell your home using the services of an agent
- sell your home by yourself (i.e., FSBO)
- combination strategy: FSBO and buying agent
view pros and cons on which method
Issues to consider:
about using an agent
if you select agent services:
what service agents provide
need to find an agent?
about going FSBO
if you select FSBO:
get information about going FSBO
get FSBO services and supplies:
view FSBO services
listing your home for sale:
tap into the MLS and others to list your home
Get Your Home Ready for the Sale
Be ready to make very good first impressions.
Before listing your house, take some time to spruce up the place to maximize the value and timing of your home sale.
We are talking about needed repairs, cleaning up, perhaps painting a room, landscaping the yard, etc.
What's needed to get your home ready:
view our "getting-the-home-ready" tips
Make very good "first impressions":
view our "first impressions" home selling guide
Showing Your Home
Your showing will be the most stressful time in your home selling experience.
We are talking about:
- open houses
- scheduled showings
- individual showings
- online showings
If you are working with an agent,
your agent will arrange and manage your home showings.
If you are working FSBO, you will need to arrange and manage many of these tasks.
Negotiate the Sale of Your Home
Your goal is to maximize your asking price. Understand how the offering process works:
- all about the legal stuff
- what legal disclosures forms are needed
- all about the real estate contract
- what you should know before accepting the offer
- negotiating the contract
go to: Home Selling Contract Negotiations
Closing and Settlement
The final step is closing the offer and settling the title transfer and ownership to the home buyer.
Notes on Home Closing and Settlement:
go to: Closing and Settlement
There will be seller closing costs:
go to: Review Closing Costs
What's Next After Your Home is Sold
Now that your home is sold, what's next?
- Are you MOVING to a
view Our Comprehensive Relocation Center
- Are you BUYING a new home?
view Our Home Buying Guide
- Are you BUILDING a
view Our Home Building Center
And don't forget, we have a nationwide network of lenders who can help you with your next home purchase:
Home Selling Steps
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