Advice to First-Time Buyers
Working with an experienced real estate agent can save you a lot of time and energy. This process includes a lot of work! It is best to use someone that is fully committed to selling your property, has access to a wide variety of resources, knows the market and is focused on getting the highest price possible for the sale of your property in the current market.
The following is a checklist to help walk you through the process:
Know your property. If you are not already, become familiar with such facts about your property as property taxes, zoning, lot size, square footage, etc. Look at the terms of your existing loan.
Research the current market and property laws in your area. How much are properties similar to yours selling for? What are the terms of the sales? What property disclosure laws do you need to take into consideration? Your agent is there to help with this information and answer any questions that may arise.
Set the price. Once you know the specifics about your home and have checked out what similar properties in your area are selling for, set a realistic price. Your agent will be able to discuss the best price for your home in the current market!
Determine financing alternatives. Discuss with your agent the options buyers for you home will be looking into and the types of financing that will be available for them.
Perform a "walk-through" of your property. Look at it from the perspective of both the prospective buyer and the inspector. Take notes on all items that need to be repaired or replaced. Things to consider include:
**Make all repairs noted in your inspection.
Know your neighborhood. Most prospective buyers will want to know about the local schools, shopping, parks, transportation, etc. Be prepared so you can knowledgeably answer their questions.
Establish a marketing budget. How much are you willing to spend to sell your house?
Investigate the real estate sections of local newspapers and other publications. What will get you the most "bang for your buck?" In the local paper(s), is it better (in your area) to run a text-only classified, or do they have "photo boxes" where you can run both text and a photo of your property? Look to your agent for advice for the best forms of exposure and advertising of your home for your market.
Marketing Plan- Your agent will discuss a marketing plan that includes everything you should need for proper exposure to make sure your home is advertised in the best light possible. We work hard to get as many qualified buyers through your home to get it sold! Look to your agent to go over the details of their marketing plan!
Clear your schedule. Your agent will take care of showings and open houses on your behalf. It is best to allow agents to show your home on their own so that the prospective buyer does not feel uncomfortable or pressured. Make sure to try your best to accommodate all appointments that your agent tries to set. The more buyers that see your home, the more likely it is to sell!
Your agent will be there to help you stay on top of all activity in your home. Once you have a buyer that makes on offer there will be paperwork to go over. Your agent is there to make sure you are protected and have a good understanding of the agreement you are about to accept.
Here are some of the final terms of the sale that your agent will be negotiating on your behalf.
Final walk-through. When both the buyer(s) and their agent, schedule a final walk-through before you complete settlement in order to determine that the property being conveyed meets the expectations of all parties involved. Resolve any disputes before the transfer of title.
Find and make arrangements for the home you will be moving to. Unless you have already built or bought a new residence, you'll need to be the "buyer" for a new property while simultan eously being the "seller" for your current one. If possible, schedule both transactions to close at the same time, or else close your purchase shortly before closing your sale. You need to be moved out before the new owners take possession.