selling101

If you are selling a home for the first time, chances are you are feeling pretty overwhelmed by the journey ahead. Selling your home can be an incredibly stressful task, but there are some basic steps you can take to make this process as easy as possible. Whether you sell your home with Duffy Realty of Atlanta or with another agent, this process will be the same. Follow these steps to get your house sold asquickly and painlessly as you can.

Check your emotions at the door and make your home a product.

If this is your first home, chances are you have many memories attached to living in it. But you’ll need to distance yourself from this home because it won’t be yours for much longer. A good way to detach is by depersonalizing, cleaning, and making small updates to really make it a product. Make your home marketable so that all buyers can picture themselves in the home. Don’t waste time feeling nostalgic and emotional because this will only make it harder for you to sell. After you have gotten your home move-in-ready, take breathtaking photos to add to your listing to really  sell it. Your listing should be accessible in as many ways as possible, including real estate websites, the multiple listing services, and signs throughout your community.

Marketing is key.

Be forthcoming with information about the property. One of the easiest ways to expedite the selling process is by being available to answer buyers’ questions about the property, or by providing buyers with a Seller’s Disclosure Statement. You should be able to answer any questions about the property’s history that you know. Keep in mind that a Seller’s Disclosure is not an inspection, and that the inspection will confirm information on the property you have already given or expand on any information you cannot provide. Be willing togive your contact information out on your listing or in any advertising you do so that buyers or buyer’s agents can contact you if they have specific questions.

Review and revise all offers and attend closing.

This seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes the process of reviewing offers can be daunting. If you sit down and read through all of the terms yourself, then you will begin to make sense of everything. Don’t psych yourself out. Review all of the terms in the offer, and if they are not acceptable to you, simply revise them and send them back to the buyer to agree upon. Once all parties have agreed to all of the terms, the final step is to attend closing directed by a closing attorney. Once you outline exactly how this process works, it seems a lot less complicated, which is exactly how we want it to feel!

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