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March 01 2011 - Saint Joseph
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Avgig,
First step: Why are you selling?
#2: By what date must the home be sold?

These two questions have an influence on the outcome. Having resolved these issues will allow you to remain focused on the outcome you seek. Without these answers, you can easily be swept away by the small stuff and lose sight of your ultimate goal....Moving to the beach...for instance.

Now that you have the Why and When, you need to look at the How.
How means "How am I going to sell my home?"
#3. Establish a value. Others have contributed on this matter

#4. Who is going to buy? Knowing who the potential buyer is will allow you to focus on creating the Value Position to which they will respond.

#5. Remove the obstacles. What challenges to a buyer might your home present? Financing? Inspection? Flood Insurance? Appraisal?

#6, Now call that real estate agent who sent you the calendar and share your findings and get started.

Wishing you the best success,
Annette Lawrence
ReMax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL


 
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March 02 2011
First and foremost, find yourself a great realtor who can help you establish comps and other pertinent information for your home.  A preview of the home might be helpful as well in getting advice on things to do to get your home ready to be sold.  A realtor will give you the best advice on what steps to take when.

Good luck with the sale of your home.
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March 02 2011
Well most importantly, you need to find yourself a great Realtor.  I do not sell in St. Joe but do have a friend that I would highly recommend.  She sold my best friends house a few years back.  I would also recommend a home stager to get your home in tip top shape for showings and a pre-inspection to advise you in any defects that you may be unaware of.  My friends name is Amy and she works for Prudential.  Please contact me at 816-728-8888 or at JanaO@PruKC.com if you would like her contact info. Best of Luck to you!
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March 01 2011

Establishing fair market value is the first step.  Using Zillow or one of the other sites that estimate value is a good starting point.  Zillow is good because it gives you the option to view comparable sales.  When looking these over place the most emphasis on homes with similar square footage.  Look for homes that are within 1 mile from your home and use sales that have occured within the last 90 days if possible. 

Once you have an idea of what you think your house is worth you need to determine if you're going to try to sell the home by yourself or use a realtor.  A good realtor can help you determine a realistic price and help to provide maximum exposure to sell your home.  The fees realtors charge are based on percentages of the sales price and generally vary by state. 

There are also other alternatives to list your home for sale online ie. zillow, redfin.com & ziprealty.com are examples. 

Good luck with your sale.


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