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Seller's Guide


If you are considering selling your house, 

please see below 

what you need to know to have your house

priced right  to get it sold fast:


Are you thinking about selling your current home but don’t know where to start? A Realtor® in Florida can help you attract buyers from around the corner – or from another continent – then help you close the sale and move ahead with your life.


Marketing and selling a home is a complex process that involves all the tools of the real estate profession, from social networking and online video tours to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) postings, newspaper ads and even knocking on neighborhood doors. A Realtor® can help you avoid potentially costly mistakes and keep the sales process running smoothly, saving time, money and headaches.


In guiding you through the maze of paperwork and procedures involved in selling a home, a Realtor® can provide you with a full complement of services, including:


• Gather information about your home – such as square footage, type of heating and cooling systems, proximity to schools and other features – to prepare to list it for sale.


• Analyze comparable home sales in the area, then use that information to help you better estimate your property’s value, so it can be priced right to sell.


Design an effective strategy to market your home.

Post photos and information about the home on high-volume websites, email open house invitations,

place advertisements in local publications and put a traditional for-sale sign in front of the residence.


• List your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), maximizing its exposure to prospective buyers locally, nationally and internationally.


• Bring qualified buyers to preview your home.


• Write offers, place the buyer’s deposit in escrow and take care of other necessary paperwork.


• Guide you through all aspects of the sales contract and deal with the buyer on any items that may need to be negotiated.


• Help to investigate financing, arrange for home inspections and appraisals, and other details that are part of the preparation for closing the deal.


• Serve as your representative at the closing of the home sale.


Unlike someone with a real estate license who has simply met the state’s requirements to do business in Florida, a Realtor takes the profession to the next level.

He or she voluntarily agrees to act under, and abide by, a Code of Ethics by becoming a member of the local, state and national Realtor boards/associations. Realtors abide by a set of professional principles, serve clients fairly and maintain a high level of industry knowledge about the buying and selling of real estate.


With a Realtor involved, you can relax, knowing the purchase is in safe, knowledgeable, capable and caring hands.



Sellers: Don’t just list a home – prepare it first


ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 16, 2013 – To sell a home or get top dollar, sellers must look at their property through the eyes of a potential buyer. Consider the following five tips:

1. Get rid of clutter and Aunt Mary’s photo.

“Selling your house is about taking your personality out of it and having people going through    it envisioning their own life and personality,” says Candice Olson, host of “Candice Tells All”    on Canadian television station “W Network.”

It’s hard for buyers to imagine themselves in a home decorated wall-to-wall with photographs   of people they do not know, and knick-knacks that hold no special meaning. In preparing a home for sale, all the things that personalize a home to the family within should be stored for the next home – including all the pictures and magnets on the refrigerator.

Olson says even art on the wall should be analyzed because people have different tastes. She recommends retaining any mirrors, however. “Art is very personal, but mirrors aren’t,” she says. “Mirrors are great for adding depth and dimension and visual space and light … it’s non-committal art.”

2. Focus on the kitchen and bathrooms.

Most buyers who fall in love with a kitchen fall in love with the house. However, that doesn’t mean sellers should invest in an expensive upgrade. The best kitchen is one that aligns with buyers’ tastes, and that’s not always one with upscale cabinets and granite countertops. At the least, the expensive of those upgrades may not come back to the owner in a higher selling price. Sellers should also focus on lighting.

Hilary Farr of the Toronto-based “Love It or List It” television show suggests spending upgrade money on re-facing kitchen cabinets and counter upgrades, such as replacing the backsplash.

Olson has simple advice for any would-be seller considering a kitchen upgrade: “Is the juice worth the squeeze?”

3. Make your home look like a hotel suite – inviting but neutral.

Floors make a big impression because they’re big, the “first thing that strike you when you walk in the front door,” Farr says.

Bathrooms should look like a just-cleaned hotel room: New soaps, clean towels and perhaps some cut flowers. Beds should be made with neutral blankets or comforters.

Jonathan and Drew Scott, the “Property Brothers” on television, suggest that sellers consider a home stager. Stagers arrange furniture and furnishings or bring in their own to make the house look as appealing as possible to potential buyers.

“Staging is such a crucial part of it,” says Drew. “It’s just as important as any sort of renovation, because if a buyer can’t walk into a space and picture themselves living there, they’re not going to give you top dollar, for one, and they might just turn and walk away.”

4. Price the home based on market value, not your personal opinion

Do you need to recoup the money you spent at the market’s height in 2006? Buyers don’t care. Did you raise three kids in the home? Your fond memories aren’t worth anything to potential buyers.

Sellers have to switch from emotional attachments and see the sale of their home as a business decision. Realtors give unbiased opinions, and some home sellers even have an appraisal done before they list their home.

5. Focus on curb appeal first

If buyers love the outside of a house – their first impression – there’s a greater chance they’ll love the inside. Sellers can upgrade kitchens and bathrooms all they want, but if a buyer chooses not to enter the home because the outside doesn’t dazzle them, but upgrades won’t do any good.

Paint shingles, doors, garages and railings. Plant new shrubbery and trim existing greenery. In summer, mow the grass twice per week.

A new-looking exterior doesn’t have to be expensive to make potential buyers look twice.

Source: Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

© 2013 Florida Realtors®



8 reasons to work with an agent to make the sale

If you had a legal problem, would you proceed without an attorney? How about a tax problem—would you hire a CPA? Then why would you even consider trying to sell your home without the assistance of a real estate agent?

Real estate agents are licensed professionals trained to assist you before, during and even after you sell your home. A qualified agent can save you time and money, reduce stress and streamline the entire process.

Here are some additional advantages for working with a qualified agent:

  1. An agent can provide you with current market information, such as which houses are for sale, what their listing prices are and how long they’ve been on the market. He or she will also help you set a realistic price for your home–to get it sold quickly, at the best price and with the least stress.

  2. Your agent will recommend ways to improve the marketability of your home, such as fresh paint or landscaping to improve curb appeal.

  3. An agent will market your home to both the general public and to other agents. According to National Association of Realtors statistics, 82% of sales result from agent contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends and family.

  4. An agent will know how and when to advertise your property.

  5. An agent will prequalify prospects so you don’t have to allow strangers into your home.

  6. Your agent will help you evaluate offers on your home as well as negotiate the terms of the contract on your behalf.

  7. When issues arise—as they do in every transaction—your agent will be there to help resolve them and keep the deal on track to closing.

  8. Your agent will be there every step of the way, to guide you, advise you and ensure that everything goes smoothly.





·          What you paid for your property does not effect its value. 

·         The amount of money you need to get out of the sale of your property does not effect its value. 

·          What you think it should be worth has no effect on value. 

·          What another real estate agent says your property is worth does not effect its value.

·          An appraisal does not always indicate what your property is worth on    the open market.

The value of your property is determined by what a ready willing and able buyer will pay for it in the open market, which will be based upon the value of other recent closed sales. 



 DO NOT automatically list with the agent that gives you the highest price.


Most of the time an overpriced property will eventually end up selling for less than if it had been properly priced to begin with, not to mention the extra carrying costs.



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