Seller's guide

process

The Selling

How do I sell a home?

Selling a home is an intimidating, confusing, exciting and rewarding process. We'll work with you every step of the way.

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Call an agent: Working with The Agent Creative to sell your home will not only save you time and headaches but also will make the home selling process enjoyable and rewarding for all involved.

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Determine a price: Based on market data and The Agent Creative's knowledge of the area, you will be able to set a fair value for your home.

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Prepare your home for sale: The Agent Creative will identify to-do items and home staging to make your home as desirable for potential buyers as possible

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Create a Marketing Plan : The Agent Creative will present an extensive marketing plan that includes out-of-the box ideas to draw attention to your home and get it sold quickly

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Negotiate a contract: The Agent Creative will negotiate offers on your behalf to secure price and terms you desire.

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Address the inspection: The Agent Creative will review with you the buyer’s inspection and guide you through needed repairs.

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Close the sale: The Agent Creative will advise you on the closing process and any documentation you need to secure.

questions

Why should I use an agent?


The Agent Creative will not only professionally market your home (in super cool, creative ways), but also will handle all the behind the scenes work associated with selling a home to ensure that once we do find a buyer, you can move easily and seamlessly from contract to closing.




What is your commission and who pays?


Standard real estate commission is 6% paid by the seller and shared 50/50 with the buyer's agent.




How much is my home worth?


While there is no crystal ball to determine how much your home is worth, your experienced Keller Knapp agent will use clear market data, as well as her or his intimate knowledge of the area, to develop a market analysis based on recent sales of comparable homes.




How long will it take to sell my home?


While average days on market varies depending on location, price and time of year, once a home is under contract, it takes on average 30-45 days for the contract to close. During this time, buyers will have an opportunity to complete due diligence and to prepare their financing terms. Sellers will be able to address any of the buyers’ concerns, make agreed-upon repairs, and prepare for the move.




What if a better offer comes along while we're already under contract?


The Agent Creative will present all offers to you in a timely manner, even if you are considering another offer or the new offer contains terms you have previously turned away. We will then will discuss your options to: - Delay acceptance or countering of any offer until any other anticipated offers are received. - Accept one offer thereby rejecting all other offers. - Counter one offer and thereby rejecting or putting aside all other offers. - Provide all buyers with the opportunity to submit new offers by a specific date with the understanding that there is a multiple offer situation. - Reject all offers.




What will I need to do to get my home ready?


In addition to addressing glaring defects before listing your home for sale, we recommend going through each room, making sure it is cleaned, de-cluttered, bright, and that no foul odors are present. We'll go through the house prior to listing photos to make sure we're all set!




Should I stage my home?


It is not required but always recommended. Choosing neutral paint colors and removing any clutter, family photos, etc., creates a blank canvas for buyers to envision themselves in the home.




Can I be present when buyers come see the house?


We discourage owners from being present when buyers are touring the home. Having the owner in the house makes the buyers uncomfortable. They feel as though they can’t make comments or ask questions that could be offensive.




How do you ensure a buyer is qualified to purchase my home?


Once an offer is made on your home, The Agent Creative will ensure adequate earnest money is part of the signed contract, and will request a pre-qualification letter from the buyer’s agent, stating the buyer has the financial ability to purchase your home. Additionally, we will contact the buyer’s lender to confirm there are no foreseeable issues related to the buyer’s loan.




How do you handle showings?


Once a listing agreement is signed, The Agent Creative will attach a secure lockbox on your house, granting only real estate agents the ability to safely and securely enter your home. The best way to sell your home is to make it available to be seen. Therefore, we will work with you and buyer’s agents to ensure showings are scheduled within an appropriate time frame.





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