Selling Your Home

"From Cabins to Castles, I do it all!"

Residential, Commercial & Investment Real Estate in Brighton, Hartland and Howell MI. and in the Livingston County area...feel free to contact me and I will put my knowledge, skills, tools and resources to work for you, and utilizing traditional and  state-of-the-art technology to obtain your best price possible in this competitive market.

Call me now (810) 923-4361

E-mail: Bill@BillFear.com

My marketing commitment:
I will:

  • Determine Your Needs.
  • Increase your property's market appeal .
  • Assistance in choosing the competitive asking price, generating activity & demand for your property.
  • Develop a "profile" of buyers.
  • Promote your property to other local real estate professionals .
  • Advertise and market your property aggressively, providing complete market exposure.
  • Coordinate all showing opportunities for qualified buyers.
  • Keep you informed of all activities and progress, provide showing feedback, and suggest changes when necessary.
  • Generate Serious Interest and create a bidding environment among buyers when possible.
  • Encourage buyers to make offers on your property.
  • Negotiate on your behalf to get you the best price in this competitive real estate market.
  • Provide financing when necessary for buyers.
  • Coordinate the necessary paperwork.

Working together, we will get your property sold and closed at the best price in today's competitive real estate market.

I'm able to provide all the professional resources you'll ever need for your successful real estate sale transaction i.e. home inspection companies, mortgage companies, a title company with a closing department, . When you're selling, feel free to contact me and I will use my knowledge, skills, tools and resources to work for you and make your real estate experience hassle-free.

For most families, their home is their largest financial asset, and deciding to sell it is a big decision that involves a lot of preparation and work. When you're ready to sell it's important to have an experienced real estate professional handle the details involved in the successful sale of a home for top dollar.

As an experienced Livingston County professional who has helped many residents sell their property, I know how to handle every aspect of the sales process – from strategically marketing and showcasing your home to making sure everything's signed, sealed and delivered by the closing date.

Providing you with comprehensive, high-quality listing service is my top priority. So when you decide to sell your property, please contact me and allow me to explain how My Unique Critical Path Marketing System Produces Real Estate Sales!

 

Selling Your Home

Sometimes, life just hands us the inevitable: just when everything seems right something happens and you have to sell your dwelling. No matter what your reasons are for selling, remember that now is no time to dawdle, the process of preparing a home for sale can take a month or more. So, here's how to start:

Tip #1: Take a Fresh Look at Your Home

Your home looks great to you, but a buyer wants to see it since he and his family will be living in it -- so take a fresh look at your dwelling. Hop in your car, drive around the block, and then scrutinize your home as a prospective buyer will see it for the first time. First, consider what's called "street appeal;" does it need washing or painting? Does the driveway need repair work? Is the landscaping in good shape? Remember, if you were paying top dollar what improvements would you expect?

Next, pull into the driveway and take a good, hard look. Is the yard neat and trimmed? What about the view from the front yard? Then, walk inside and size up the interior as though seeing it for the first time. Take a tour and imagine what your real estate agent might say about each room, look into cabinets, open doors, check out the bathroom.

Then, make a mental note of the things that might put off potential buyers, along with another list of the things that first attracted you to the dwelling. Remember, the home's become a great place for you, but a new buyer in not emotionally attached and will see things that you don't.

Tip #2: Clean Out the Clutter Before You Start to Sell

Before putting your home on the market, get rid of clutter in every area -- closets, attic storage, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities, and shelves -- everywhere. Remember, this is no time to be sentimental: if you don't use it, lose it. Potential buyers are seriously put off by clutter, and most of us drag a lot more things through life than we really need.

Also, don't forget the furniture and fixtures when getting rid of clutter -- most of us put too much in too little space, which makes a buying prospect, think your home is too small.

Then, have a great moving sale with all the stuff you've collected and use the proceeds for paint or whatever other materials you need for repair projects. If you just can't bear to part with some possessions, store them in some other place that's out of sight to a potential buyer.

Tip #3: To Sell, Sell, Sell -- Clean, Clean, Clean

After you've cleared out the clutter, it's time to really clean. Have the carpets professionally cleaned, strip and polish the floors, scour the bathrooms, go over the laundry room, polish the furniture, scour out the cabinets, wash the windows and window coverings, and spiff up the ceiling fans and kitchen appliances. In short, clean everything.

Don't forget the exterior; paint or power-wash everything that needs the work. Remember, this is a ceiling-to-floor, roof-to-foundation cleanup project.

Tip #4: Get More for Your Home: Repairs Pay Off

After you have cleaned the place to within an inch of its life, the next project is making all the repairs necessary to attract a buyer. Remember, if your were buying and paying top dollar would you really want to make the repairs?

So, patch up the roof, touch up all the paint, repair the screens, spruce up the porch framing, and make your entry area really shine. Don't forget to water the lawn and landscape beds, and take the time to trim, mow, edge and get rid of sick or dying plants. Inside, fix the grout in the bathrooms and on tile floors, adjust any doors that need it, fix any scratches on the walls, cover any stains, and be sure to fix any plumbing problems. Remember, do what your home needs before the first buyer appears at your door.

Also, it's a good idea to get all this done before getting the real estate broker to make the first listing – I take pride in advising you on what needs to be done. Also, if you have friends willing to be brutally honest about what your home needs to be competitive in the marketplace, invite them to assess the fixup needs.

There is, however, an alternative to the sweat equity you get from a total fixup --but it carries a price. An "as-is" sale keeps you from doing all this work, but a buyer will assess about twice the price you would have paid for the repairs. Then, the buyer will deduct that amount from your asking price before making an offer.

Tip #5: Putting Your Home on the Market: Show It to Sell It

After you have cleaned, shined, mowed, and generally whipped your property into shape, it's time to attract a buyer.

I’ll advise my seller’s about the small things you must do to attract buyers. For example, even if it's bright daylight, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Also, open all the interior doors to make the home appear roomier. Be sure to remove all your kids and pets -- they're cute, but a prospect wants to see your home, not your pride and joy. In addition, make sure your pet's litter pan is clean so the home smells clean and fresh, not like air freshener. Remember, you need to make sure your home is available to be seen by a prospective buyer with as little notice as possible. That means less than an hour!

Tip #6: Get a Sense of the Market

Before you put your home on the market, take a weekend day to check out the competition: homes with similar prices and in similar neighborhoods. Remember, you don't have to go out and buy new furniture just to look like that beautiful new model in the new development -- what you want is the feel of that new model -- clean, uncluttered, and fresh.

Remember, after location, the most important item to a buyer is a well maintained home. The first step of my 12 step of my critical path marketing plan is to increase the sale ability of your home.

Contact me at (810) 923-4361  E-mail: Bill@BillFear.com

The following articles are a great place to start if you're looking for information about the sales process and how you can get more $$$ for your home when you sell.

The Basics of Marketing Your Home How to Set a List Price for Your Home
Get Your House Ready to Show Buyers Why Use a Realtor when Selling a Home