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Selling Your Home

Whether you’re ready to sell or looking for answers, we’ll guide you with data and expertise specific to your needs.

The Interview

We will meet to discuss your plans and goals, trends in the current marketplace, and assess your property’s qualities and characteristics. I will analyze comparable property sales, and work with you to determine pricing. Together, we'll outline a strategic marketing plan to achieve the best possible result when selling your home.
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Frequently Asked Questions

An Exclusive Right to Sell Agreement is a contract between a home seller and a Realtor, granting the agent the exclusive right to market and sell the property. This agreement ensures that the agent will work diligently to sell your home.

Signing this agreement provides assurance that your Realtor will prioritize the sale of your property, utilizing their expertise in marketing, negotiating, and managing the entire selling process.

The Realtor’s commission is usually a percentage of the sale price and is negotiated upfront. This fee is typically paid from the proceeds at closing. It’s important to discuss and agree upon the commission rate with your Realtor before signing the agreement.

Offering compensation to the buyer’s agent is common practice and can make your property more attractive to potential buyers. The specific amount is negotiable and will be discussed with your Realtor to determine the best strategy for selling your home.

Typically, if you find a buyer on your own, the terms of the agreement still apply, and you may be responsible for paying the agreed-upon commission. It’s essential to clarify this aspect with your Realtor.

The duration of the agreement is specified in the contract and can vary. It usually lasts for several months but can be adjusted based on your needs and market conditions.

Yes, many terms in the agreement are negotiable. You can discuss and modify aspects such as the duration of the agreement, the commission rate, and specific marketing strategies.

A protection period is a time frame after the agreement expires during which the Realtor is still entitled to a commission if the property is sold to a buyer they procured. This protects the agent’s efforts and investment in marketing your home.

While you can work directly with the buyer’s agent, remember that the buyer’s agent represents the buyer’s interests. This can lead to potential conflicts of interest and a lack of impartial advice. Having your own listing agent ensures that your interests are prioritized and you receive expert guidance throughout the transaction.

A subagent is a cooperating agent who shows your property to potential buyers but still represents your interests as the seller. This arrangement can increase your property’s exposure while ensuring your needs are prioritized throughout the transaction.

Home Sellers Guide

I created this free resource to help guide you through the entire process of selling your home, from preparation, to marketing, all the way to settlement. 

When You're Ready

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    Preparing The Home

    The first-step in the selling process is to increase the visual appearance and improve the condition of your home so that it appeals to potential homebuyers. From applying a fresh coat of paint to rearranging furniture, I will work with you to ensure the property is visually ready to make the right first impression with buyers.

    Pre-listing Home Improvements

    Curbio fronts the costs of services that can increase the value of your home and ease the financial burdens of your move. From staging, to painting, to cosmetic renovations, there will be no payment collected until your home sells.
    Compass Concierge

    Services may include:

    • Painting
    • Electrical & plumbing repairs
    • Roof repairs
    • Pest control
    • Landscaping
    • Junk removal
    • Cabinet refinishing
    • Flooring updates
    • Countertop replacements
    • Backsplash installation
    • Tile reglazing
    • Wallpaper removal
    • Repairs
    • Wall removals and additions
    • Cabinet installation
    • New roof
    • Kitchen remodels
    • Bathroom remodels
    • Basement/attic finishing
    • Decks and fences
    • Bathroom additions
    • Electrical rerouting
    • Flooring updates
    • Flooring refinishing
    • Deep cleaning
    • Hardware swaps
    • Staging

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    Spreading the Word

    Your property listing is showcased on the MLS and sent across our 100+ partner sites for the duration of the selling process. An intelligent, effective marketing campaign is deployed that combines beautiful print and digital collateral to strategically showcase your home. I will continuously leverage my professional network to find ideal buyers and brokers. Open houses are hosted for both brokers and clients on an ongoing basis. 
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    Receiving & Negotiating Offers

    Once an offer is made, I will contact you to review the terms of the offer and to analyze the pros and cons. Together I will help you decide how to respond to the buyer in one of several ways: by accepting the offer, rejecting the offer, or making a counter offer. The contract is negotiated and accepted, and the transaction summary is circulated to all parties. 

    Completing the Close

    My team and I will observe and record all contingency periods throughout the under-contract stage. Typically a property appraisal and home inspection take place, and any further negotiations are managed. Once the buyer has performed inspections, removed their contingencies, and the loan (if any) is ready to fund, we'll arrange the final walk-through. Finally, at closing you will hand over keys to the buyer.

    Key Terms

    Assessment of the property’s market value, for the purpose
    of obtaining a mortgage and performed by a licensed appraiser.

    Value placed upon property for property tax purposes by the tax collector.

    Expenses incidental to a sale of real estate, such as loan fees, appraisal fees, and title insurance.

    The statement which lists the financial settlement between Buyer and Seller, and the costs each must pay.

    Certain criteria that have to be met in order to finalize the sale.

    The percentage of an individual’s monthly gross income relative to the amount of debt owed.

    A good faith deposit the buyer makes with an offer to show that you are serious about buying the property. In exchange, the seller agrees to stop marketing the property.

    The buyer reviews the house just before closing to make sure everything is in the same condition and that all home inspection items are fixed.

    An expert conducts a formal review of the property to find visible issues that need to be repaired. Buyers typically make their offers contingent on an inspection, but sellers can conduct a pre-offer inspection to appeal to buyers. The buyer may choose to do additional inspections like radon and a sewer scope.

    A background check on the property and the seller to ensure there are
    no outstanding debts or claims upon the property.

    Advanced approval from a bank or other lending institution for a home mortgage.

    Potential buyers provide an overall financial picture and mortgage brokers provide an estimate of what level of loan you will likely be pre-approved for.

    Insurance to protect the buyer and lender against losses arising from disputes over the ownership of a property.

    A fee paid to the local government to officially report a sale of a home; usually paid by the buyer.

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    I look forward to speaking with you about selling your home!

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