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Is Your Buyer Qualified?

Unless the buyer who makes an offer on your home has the resources to qualify for a mortgage, you may not really have a sale. If possible, try to determine a buyer's financial status before signing the contract. Ask:

7 Terms to Watch for in a Purchase Contract

The closing date. See if the date the buyer wants to take title is reasonable for you.

Date of possession. See if the date the buyer wants to move in is reasonable for you.

The earnest money. Look for the largest earnest money deposit possible; since it is forfeited if the buyer backs out, a large deposit is usually a good indication of a sincere buyer.

Fixtures and personal property. Check the list of items that the buyer expects to remain with the property and be sure it's acceptable.

6 Forms You'll Need to Sell Your Home

Property Disclosure Form: This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property. Check with your state government to see if there is a special form required in your state.

Purchasers Access to Premises Agreement: This agreement sets conditions for permitting the buyer to enter your home for activities such as measuring for draperies before you move.

Sales Contract: The agreement between you and the seller on terms and conditions of sale. Again, check with your state real estate department to see if there is a required form.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTOR®

How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate, like many other professions, is mostly learned on the job.

What designations do you hold? Designations such as GRI and CRS, which require that agents take additional, specialized real estate training, are held by only about one-quarter of real estate practitioners.

How many homes did you and your company sell last year?

How many days did it take you to sell the average home? How did that compare to the overall market?

5 Reasons You Need a REALTOR®

A real estate transaction is complicated. In most cases, buying or selling a home requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page government-mandated settlement statements. A knowledgeable guide through this complexity can help you avoid delays or costly mistakes.

Selling or buying a home is time consuming. Even in a strong market, homes in our area stay on the market for an average of 90-180 days. And it usually takes another 30-45 days or so for the transaction to close after an offer is accepted.

What Is Appraised Value?

It's an objective opinion of value, but it's not an exact science so appraisals may differ.

For buying and selling purposes, appraisals are usually based on market value: what the property could probably be sold for. Other types of value include insurance value, replacement value, and assessed value for property tax purposes.

Appraised value is not a constant number. Changes in market conditions can dramatically alter appraised value.

Appraised value doesn't consider special considerations, like the need to sell rapidly.

Marketing Media Your Agent Will Likely Consider

Advertising Yard signs and key boxes. Post signs within 24 hours of acquiring the listing, especially if the property is located on a street with good traffic. TIP: Use no more than five large words on a sign. You have only four to seven seconds to get your message across as drivers drive by.