We understand that your home is a huge part of your life, both financially and emotionally. So the decision to sell a home is not one to be made lightly. At The Hampton Realty Groupwe will help navigate and guide you through the entire process of selling your home from listing it to selling it with confidence. Our marketing strategy assures your property receives maximum exposure and attracts the most qualified buyers as we pride ourselves on personal and professional service.
Steps In Selling You Home
1. Pricing Your Home
The length of time your home is on the market will be a determining factor for how much it sells for, and setting a competitive price will ensure it doesn’t stay on the market long.
We will be able to provide a comparative market analysis to help you determine the best listing price for your home. This is a tool that will allow us to compare similar sold listings in your area to be able to effectively price your home.
2. Preparing, Marketing, And Showing Your Home
Before listing your home, we encourage you if financially possible, to make the necessary repairs on any damages that will allow us to sell you home for the maximum price.
Curb appeal is the first thing a buyer pays attention to when they drive by or tour your home. To attract the right buyer, consider adding shrubs and hedges, updating the paint color of your home, and keeping your lawn mowed and bushes impeccably trimmed while your home is on the market.
Once you’ve updated your home, we will have professional photos taken. Then your home will be marketed on the MLS, which is the best way to get your listing marketed and seen quickly.
Once your home is updated and staged and your listing is live, showings will begin. It is imperative that you maintain a clean home, making sure the lawn is impeccable and your home is show ready at all times.
3. Fielding Offers And Negotiations
Once an offer has been accepted, buyers may negotiate closing costs, transfer taxes, survey fees, and other fees associated with the close. It can take up to 30-45 days to finalize a sale and purchase agreements. This can be a stressful time for a seller, however, we will ensure the process goes smoothly from start to finish.
4. Appraisal And Inspections
Before finalizing a purchase, both a home inspection and an appraisal are done by a licensed inspector and appraiser.
Buyers will pay for and arrange a home inspection before moving forward. If repairs need to be made following an inspection, you’ll need to decide if you want to make the repairs or negotiate the cost of these repairs by lowering the final selling price. Common repairs that follow an inspection include structural defects, building code violations, and safety concerns.
An appraisal is done to calculate the property’s value, regardless of the competition. The buyer pays for the appraisal.
5. Paperwork And Required Disclosures
The state of Texas requires that all sellers and brokers provide buyers with a disclosure statement before any contracts or paperwork can be signed. This is a document that shares any known defects or potential hazards with your home.
There are several defects that should be considered important, and included upfront in the disclosure agreement. Defects like termite damage, water damage, damaged plumbing and electrical systems, foundation problems, ceiling or flooring issues, broken appliances, and an unpaid lien on the home from a contractor, are just some of the defects sellers must disclose. Hazards such as methane gas, lead-based paint, asbestos, radon, or other toxic materials will need to be included in the disclosure statement.
We will walk you through all the paperwork and ensure that everything is completed in a timely manner.
6. The Closing Process
When it’s time to finalize the sale, we will make sure everything is covered. The buyer’s lender will send the seller final loan documents before the close date is scheduled. Then, the buyer receives the keys and your home is officially sold.