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Your listing agent will be with you through the process of selling your home. He or she will help you make decisions that will impact you and your family both emotionally and financially. It is important that you and your agent have a good rapport. Below are a few important factors to consider when selecting your listing agent.

Choose an agent who:

  • you feel comfortable with, someone you can trust
  • shows commitment to his/her clients and is experienced in real estate sales
  • hhas a support team
  • is available to you, promptly responding when action is required
  • keeps in touch regularly and is easy to contact
  • has a wide array of marketing tools and willing to try a variety of strategies to sell your home
  • is comfortable with technology – your home must definitely have an online presence in today’s tech-driven world
  • Listens to your needs and helps you reach your real estate goals
  • understands your unique situation


Your listing agent is experienced and knowledgeable in this area. Homeowners who do not use a listing agent tend to overestimate their property’s value and their properties tend to linger on the market unsold. Hiring an experienced listing agent can help you avoid this pitfall.


There are a lot of small things you can change at your property to help increase the value and create a lasting impression on potential buyers. Here are a few areas to consider:

A. Repairs
Small upgrades such as a fresh coat of paint, polishing the doorknobs and window repairs can instantly brighten up your home. Focus on the main areas of the home first.

B. Curb appeal
The exterior is the first part of your home potential buyers will see. It is important to maintain your landscaping. For example choosing bright, welcoming flowers in your yard will create an immediate impact.

Cleanliness & Staging
Keep your home uncluttered, smelling great and well-lit. Pay attention to little details like putting out fresh towels or adding a vase of fresh flowers on the counter before potential buyers tour your home. Trust your agent to check your home before any potential buyers tour.


Your listing agent will take care of presenting your home to potential buyers for you. They will feel more comfortable talking to the agent and asking him/her any questions about your property if you are not there. Your agent will know what information is pertinent and what features to showcase to the prospective buyers.


It’s common to think the higher the price, the better the offer. Do not be fooled by this common misconception. Price should not always be the determining factor for accepting an offer. Be aware that an initial offer is never final. Many terms and conditions can be factored into the final outcome for prospective buyers’ pricing. Your listing agent can assist you in making an objective evaluation of all the offers you receive.

Your listing agent will assist you in the negotiation process and help ensure that both you and the potential buyer are happy with the terms in the offer you accept. It can often be a case of rejecting multiple offers until one comes along that you deem is the most suitable for your need

Initial Agreement & Deposit
Once an offer is accepted the seller and buyer will agree on the amount for the good faith deposit and open an Escrow account. This will reflect the buyer’s intention to purchase your property and also acts to ensure that no funds or property exchanges hands until all terms in the transaction have been completed.

Streamlining Tips
Document everything – including verbal agreements. Everything ranging from counter-offers to addendums must be in writing and signed by both parties. Your listing agent will draft addendums to your contract, keeping all your bases covered.

Keep a schedule – After you accept an offer, you and the buyer will be given a timetable to track each stage in the process of closing the transaction. Meeting the requirements on time ensures a smooth transaction. During this process, your agent will always keep you updated so you will be ready for the next step.


A. The Title Company
The buyer selects a title company. It is their job to examine and insure title to real estate. After researching the complete recorded history of your property, they will certify:

  • your title is free and clear of encumbrances (i.e., mortgages, leases, and/or restrictions) by the date of closing;
  • all new encumbrances are duly included in the title. They will draw up a preliminary report at the end of the process, which your agent will review with you in detail.
B. Contingencies
A contingency is a condition that must be met before Title transfers. For instance, a home buyer will usually include a contingency stating that their contract is binding only when there is a satisfactory home inspection report from a qualified inspector.

Prior to completing the purchase of your property, the home buyer will review every aspect of the property.  These will include:

  • obtaining financing and insurance
  • document review such as preliminary title reports and disclosure documents
  • property inspections – the buyer has the right to determine the condition of your property through various inspections (i.e., roof, termite/pest, chimney/fireplace, property boundary survey, well, septic, pool/spa, or mold)

Depending on the outcome(s) of these inspections, one of two things may happen:

  1.  Each milestone is successfully accomplished and the contingencies will be removed, bringing you a step closer to the close, or;
  2. The inspection(s) reveals issues and if there are significant problems, buyer and seller will need to negotiate through those issues
C. Loan Approval and Appraisal
You should accept buyers who have a lender’s pre-approval letter, which is a better guarantee of loan approval than a pre-qualification. Expect an appraiser from the lender’s company to review your property and verify that the sales price is appropriate.

D. Prepare for the unexpected
Be aware that last minute and unexpected circumstances may occur before the agreement is finalized. For example, there could be last minute title issues, or lender problems. Your agent will assist you in getting through these unexpected delays.

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