As you prepare to sell your home, we appreciate the opportunity to assist you in one of life’s most important events. Most real estate companies offer one level of service. We believe you should expect more. Our exclusive Full Service Marketing System represents our ongoing reliability and service, and our commitment is to meet and exceed your expectations. Below are outlined some of the key components of the home selling process.
You’re ready to sell your home!
Your first step is to have Kim assist you with practical ideas on how to successfully prepare your house for sale. This is also a good time to gather all your paperwork that you will need to expedite the closing once you have an acceptable offer. Kim can provide you with a list of these items. In addition, you may wish to begin the process of selecting a local Real Estate attorney to represent you once you have an accepted offer on your home. If needed, Kim can provide you with a list of local attorneys that specialize in real estate.
What Kim does for you
Kim begins her marketing by getting your home professionally photographed and a professional floorplan drawn. These are then used in a glossy brochure to showcase your home. Detailed inserts are created about your home. Once "live" in the Garden State MLS, your home is featured on over 725 websites within 48 hours (including this one). Kim then invites other realtors from the area for a broker open house so they can tour your home and tell their clients about your home. This is where Kim's extensive realtor networking begins on your home.
Once showings begin, Kim will regularly communicate to you, the feedback from buyers who have viewed your home.
What should I list my home for?
There are many factors that affect the list price of a home: location, condition, amenities, supply and demand, and local and global market conditions. Kim will assist you by providing a thorough market analysis of your home so you will be able to come up with a realistic, competitive pricing strategy on your home.
What is the Seller's Disclosure Form?
Most sellers of single- and multi-family residential homes are required to provide potential buyers with a completed and signed property condition disclosure form. Failure to provide this form will result in a monetary credit to the buyer at closing.
Full Service Marketing and Personally Customized Service
During the market analysis presentation, Kim will explain every aspect of the selling process to you. Once you list with Prominent Properties, Sotheby's International Realty, Kim will begin managing the sale of your home with the implementation of our Full Service Home Marketing System. The relationship between you and Kim is the key to the successful sale of your home. Your home and your needs are unique; therefore Kim won’t use a pre-designed plan to sell your property. Kim will listen to your goals, address your concerns, and use her knowledge and experience to create a custom plan that will effectively result in a sale.
A Buyer is Ready to Present an Offer!
When an offer is presented, Kim will advise and help you to obtain the best possible price and terms. Understanding the standard forms and the many transactional issues is key to negotiating the best terms to meet your individual needs. Making sure buyers are pre-qualified is of utmost importance in negotiating a successful sale. Kim will promote your interests and assist in developing a clear and binding transaction. Typically an offer is initiated by the buyer through their Sales Associate and includes the following information:
- The amount the buyer is willing to pay
- Mortgage amount, if any
- Closing and occupancy dates
- Contingencies, such as mortgage commitment, building inspections and pest inspections to include where appropriate (but not limited to): termite, pest, radon, water potability, well, lead, septic, oil tank.
- Any personal property specifically included or excluded
- If the offer is not acceptable to you, further negotiations may be necessary to reach terms agreeable to both you and the buyer. Because counter-offers are common (any change in the offer can be considered a counter-offer) it is important that you remain in close contact with Kim during the negotiation process so that proposed changes can be reviewed and responded to quickly.
You have an Acceptable Offer!
Once again, because the Contract writing procedure, down payments, required, building inspection contingency dates, etc…varies within the Tri-State region, please consult with Kim so that she can inform you of the immediate action steps. Timing is critical at this stage!
Between Contract and Closing
Throughout the transaction, you will need to closely monitor the progress of all contingencies to make certain that all deadlines are met. Kim will help with the Certificate of Occupancy that each town requires. Utilities should be set up to be transferred into your new buyer's name. On the day of closing, the buyer will have a “final walk through” to make certain that the house is left in “broom clean” condition and has been thoroughly vacated.
What to expect at the Closing
The closing is a formal process where all parties sign all of the necessary paperwork needed to complete the transaction. Title to the property is transferred from you to the buyer. The buyer receives the house-keys and you receive payment for the house! From the amount credited to you, the title representative subtracts the funds to pay off the existing mortgage and other transaction costs. Deeds, loan papers, and other documents are prepared, signed and ultimately filed with local property record office.