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How do I put the home up for sale?

  • January 09 2013 - Copperopolis
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As you appear to be asking how to list FSBO on Zillow (due to your selection of place to post your question), it is quite simple.

You can either click here to get started, or you can consider posting on postlets (owned by Zillow) so it will go to more sites.    Both are free.
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Make your home as attractive as possible. Make repairs, finish remodeling projects that you started but that languished, and remove clutter. Make sure everything is clean and crisp; fresh paint may not hurt, but remember, no dark, trendy or exotic colors.

Clean, now and before every showing. If you have family photos that cover an entire wall, do yourself a favor and pack those early; let the buyer imagine their own family in the space.

Improve curb appeal as much as possible. The first impression is often what determines whether a buyer considers your home or passes it over for other options.

Take great pictures that feature good lighting and are staged professionally. There is typically a primary photo that  will show up on the Multiple Listing Service and search engines. If that picture is dark, clowdy, shows dirty or cluttered rooms, or has overgrown landscaping, buyers will think your home has been shown the same lack of care over time. That could be a sign the seller didn't maintain the property and that the buyer might have unexpected repairs.

Make sure there are no errant odors when buyers visit your home.

If you have a good Realtor, he/she may handle staging and professional photography, make sure your property is seen by as many prospective buyers as possible, and manage negotiations to get you the greatest net amount. But most of the other items above are up to the seller.

Remember, the buyer should conduct a final walk-through just prior to the close of escrow, to make sure that the property is in the same general condition as it was when the offer was made, so don't make any material changes to the property.

Prepare the house and maintain that state of perfection through the end of escrow, and if at all possible, clean the house after you move out -- you don't want them to have any regrets when they get there.

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I would suggest using a seasoned real estate professional. There are so many details that you just don't think about when selling your home. Using a REALTOR insures all the angles are covered. Interview at least 3 REALTORS in your area to get a feel for them. Ask them questions like:
1. How many homes have you sold in he last year?
2. What kind of marketing campaign would you prepare for my home?
3. What is the NET amount I will get after commissions and closing costs?
4. Are you a "buyer's agent" or a "listing agent"?
5. How man listings do you currently have?

You can grill any seasoned pro and they will be able to answer these questions with ease to your satisfaction.
Hope this helps!
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