What can you expect when selling your home?
I've put together a Seller Guide to give you an overview of several things to consider when selling your most valuable asset.
Hiring a knowledgeable agent is at the top of the list since he or she will be able to more smoothly guide you through the process. Your Realtor should provide you with a detailed market analysis with comparable sold properties. Also, he or she should offer you information on the local market, selling costs, real estate contracts, advertising, marketing, potential legal pitfalls, setting list price, negotiations, moving, Realtor commissions and more. The agent should be an experienced guide...your Real Estate Sherpa, so to speak.
With an experienced agent following a proven process to sell your home, the experience will be less stressful. You may want to consider consulting with a financial professional to protect yourself against any unforeseen tax consequences after the sale. This can be especially true if you're contemplating a short sale where you owe more on the loan than the house is currently worth. If this is the case, contact a licensed Realtor with short sale experience since this is a more complicated selling situation.
*For now, download the FREE Home Seller's Guide, which includes information on: Preparing to Sell, Setting a Price, Accepting an Offer, Closing the Sale, and Preparing to Move!