Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.
What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your REALTOR once you choose one so he or she can adjust your selling price accordingly.
Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.
If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.
I will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. My team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.
Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.
Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your agent.
You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. I will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.
You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your REALTOR to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.
Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.
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Alex and Rob have been fantastic to work with. They are keenly attuned to the Boston market and are communicative and proactive while also being patient with the process. We have used them to both buy and sell two places in the Back Bay with extremely positive outcomes on both sides of the transactions, despite an uncertain environment during the pandemic. Wish we ...
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The Biega and Kilgore teams are the very best! They are attentive, responsive, and know the market extremely well. If you're looking for the best in the business, look no further! We will absolutely use them again and again for all of your residential real estate needs.
We met with multiple different brokers and The Biega and Kilgore Team was way above everyone else in terms of the services and knowledge they provided. They were so great to work with and we will definitely use them again in the future and not even consider any other companies.
I will never choose another team other than The Biega and Kilgore Team when finding a property in Boston. Alex was beyond helpful throughout the entire process. She made my move from NYC to Boston easy and enjoyable. I can't thank her enough for the wonderful apartment she found me in!
Everyone from the Biega and Kilgore Teams was incredible to work with. From the initial meeting through closing, they paid meticulous attention to detail and followed through with everything they said they would. I would highly recommend this team if you are considering selling your place in Boston, as they completely exceeded our expectations!
I cannot thank Alex and the team enough for making my transition from New York to Boston as seamless as possible! They helped identify an incredible list of potential apartments and navigated my difficult work schedule to find the perfect fit. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or rent a house or apartment and consider them a go-to resource for any of...
Rob and Alex were very helpful in the purchase of our new home in South Boston. We toured several properties with them in different neighborhoods of Boston before finding our place and put in offers on another place before finding our new home. Rob and Alex were helpful in determining our bids and other strategies to make our bids more competitive. Once we had an a...
Alex was so helpful in helping me and my husband find a perfect home in Boston. We were considering both renting and buying - Alex showed us properties within our budget and provided her really insightful perspective on each apartment we saw. When we found the apartment that we could not live without, Alex went above and beyond to make it happen for us. It was such...
The Biega and Kilgore Team was absolutely fantastic to work with. As first-time homebuyers, my husband and I were nervous about the whole process and were so pleasantly surprised with how easy it was with the B&K team. We were looking to buy just outside of Boston and although they have mostly Boston expertise, they were so flexible with us, were super responsive a...
After having a bad experience with another broker, my husband and I met Alex at an open house for a property she was listing. We immediately liked her approachable but no-nonsense personality and found her very knowledgeable about the Boston market. Over the course of the next several months, Alex and Rob worked diligently with us to find the perfect home. They wer...
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