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My father passed away and left me his home. I live out of the state, how do I go about selling it?

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April 22 2012 - New Rockford
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First, I am sorry for your loss. Second, go to the CRS website, look for agents in the city where your father lived that have the CRS designation(Certified Residential Specialist). Call two or three of them, tell them your situation and ask for a home marketing proposal; ask questions, listen, pick the one with the best marketing plan that you feel and think you can be most comfortable. Hopefully, the 2 or 3 agents will be within 3% of each other price-wish. Thanks and The Best To You! TJ
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April 22 2012
Sorry to hear about your father. If possible visit the property. Take notice of the general condition of the property and items that would need to be corrected for the average buyer to move in after closing. You can plan on correcting these issues or reducing the price appropriately.  Drive around the neighborhood looking at the size and condition of the other homes nearby. Also look for properties for sale and call these listings about the price and the length of time they have been on the market.Keep the names and numbers of the agents you speak to.
 Once you are able to search the internet, use search terms that include your city, see if you find matches online and signs you have seen in the neighborhood. Next call agents on this short list at different time of the day to see who is the most available. This agent would be the person with local knowledge, works in the neighborhood and gets exposure for properties and is available. Listen carefully to your listing agent to establish an asking price.
Best of luck with all of your real estate goals,
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April 24 2012
Sorry for your loss. I also agree, go on the local website of the town it is in, and pull 3 names and look over their production of homes sold and listed, and if they show that they service your father area, then contact them and let them email you a proposal for marketing your father's property. In some states agents dont have to be CRS designated, I work in Westchester county in NY, and this designation is not mandatory, as long as you are a member of National Association or Realtors. I was contacted with a situation like that, and my clients were happy on how i handled the sale and the advise I gave them. So don't feel that you are alone. good luck
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April 23 2012
We send our condolences. It would be prudent to contact two brokers in your area and interview some of their top producers in the range of price you are looking to get for the home. Best of luck.
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April 23 2012
You can have an agent you trust in your local area contact an agent where the property is located to list the property for sale.
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April 22 2012
Living out-of-state presents a problem for you to FSBO. If you have relatives to help you, it would probably work out nicely by offering them some sort of commission of the sale.  However, if you don't have those relatives to assist you, I would definitely go to a local real estate agent and ask them to refer you to another agent out-of-state. By using a real estate agent, you'll accomplish two important things: You'll probably net more profit, and you'll have a professional taking care of all the details!
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April 22 2012
Find a Listing Agent in the area where the home is located.
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April 22 2012
Hi SareahMichele,

If you are not planning on selling it For Sale By Owner (FSBO). I would suggest looking on this website for Real Estate Agents in the area in which the property is located. Ask them for advice on selling this property. They sould complete a Comparative Market Analysis to compare this home with recently sold and listed property to help you determine a good selling price for the home. Do some research on the agent and ask alot of questions.

If you are planning on selling it yourself, this site and many others will help you get the marketing on the property to the internet population. Take good quality pictures of the property and upload them to the internet page. If you are unable to be there when someone wants to view you could make arangement with a neighbor or relative to help.

Hope this was helpful.
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