> Define your housing needs and evaluate the reasons for selling your home.
If you have a growing family, you may be in the market for a larger home. Empty nesters often desire a smaller home that’s low-maintenance and offers a convenient lifestyle. In any case, you likely have to sell your current home first. If you work with Laura Van Meter, she will map out the best path to help you achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale of your home and the purchase of your new home.
> Your next step is to determine the best selling price for your house.
Setting a fair listing price from the onset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. Establishing a correct price involves taking into account the condition, features and amenities in your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and the real estate activity in your neighborhood.
It’s often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so an experienced agent’s pricing expertise is invaluable at this step. Laura has in-depth and seasoned knowledge of the local market. She has access to selling prices for comparable homes in your neighborhood, as well as the number of days it took for these homes to sell. Pricing a home correctly is part science and part art—with hundreds of successful sales behind her, you can trust Laura to provide the very best price in which to list your home. You’ll realize the highest profit and a reasonable marketing time period with her pricing recommendation.
> Prepare your home so that it stands out among the completion.
You want your home to show well and make a favorable impression on potential buyers, so inspect your home and fix any item that needs to be repaired. Freshen up paint where it’s needed and do you best to make your home sparkle!!!
Curb appeal is the first thing to attract buyers when they approach your home. Make certain their first impression is a good one! Spruce up foundation plantings, trim the lawn, remove any clutter in the yard, and give your front door and entrance a little pizazz!
> When you’re ready to sell, your Realtor will set up a marketing strategy designed specifically for your home.
Laura Van Meter markets her listings on the MLS, social media, the internet, open houses, to her extensive database of contacts, yard signs, and agent-to-agent referrals. Her marketing strategies will bring the most qualified buyers to see your listed home.
> When you receive a written offer from a buyer, Laura’s experience and knowledge really kicks in.
She will verify that the prospective buyer is preapproved to buy your home. She’ll review every detail of the contract with you, making sure you fully understand the terms. If you aren’t satisfied with the terms, she will negotiate on your behalf. Laura is experienced in negotiating these sales contracts and will prepare a counteroffer to the buyers, always protecting your best interests. Most importantly, she knows which items in the contract are easiest to negotiate.
> Once you accept an offer to sell your house, Laura will guide you through the process of moving your transaction through escrow and to a successful closing.
She will work hand-in-hand with the title company who will conduct the closing. The title company will schedule inspections and coordinate paperwork and documentation. During the escrow process, Laura will serve as your advocate when dealing with the buyer’s agent and service providers, smoothing the road toward a successful closing.