Updated: Feb 18, 2022
It's time to sell the house you own in another city or state, I'm going to help you get started today.
My dear friend here in Maryland has decided that it is time to sell her house in Florida.
She is in the military and this house has been her "roots" for the last 20 years. Through all the upheavals of her career she has always known that there was a place for her to go back to. A place where she know that she was comfortable and happy.
But, life changes and this is not the right place for her anymore.
She is ready to sell but her head is SPINNING with questions, and what's worse, now she is embarrassed.
Her mom's friend in Florida has told her that she is interested in buying the house.
Wait, how will that work? How will she let her in? How will she determine the price? Who will write up the contract?
Hmmm, she thought...maybe she needs a real estate agent to help her.
So she sent a list of questions to three local agents and, weeks later, no one responded.
Now, she is embarrassed because she thinks that she is somehow doing it wrong.
She thinks that she is the only person who doesn't understand how this all works. She thinks that she is the only one who doesn't know what this is all going to cost. She thinks that she is the only one who doesn't know what she needs to repair or renovate before going on the market. She thinks that she is the only one who wants to talk to an agent but isn't sure if she really wants to work with that agent or any agent for that matter.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
There is an easier way to do this and I'm going to tell you how.
1. Identify a knowledgeable, local realtor
I recommend finding a realtor with in-depth, local knowledge who pays attention to the market daily and tours most of the local housing stock.
This would be someone like me in the area where you are selling your house.
You can ask friends and family or check on local social media sites to find a knowledgeable, local realtor.
2. Get an estimate of the value of your house
Knowing the probable sale price of your home is essential for planning purposes.
When I meet with my clients, I provide them a detailed market report with my best estimate of the price they will get when they sell.
This is so much more helpful than using an on-line estimate or talking to friends and family members who live in other parts of the country.
The real estate market is specific and local. Get an estimate of value from a realtor with specific and local knowledge.
3. Create a to-do list for getting your house ready
Don't let your head spin with worry about what you need to do to get your house ready for the market!
I always create a reality-based to-do list for my clients. This is based on knowing your timeline, budget and energy level.
Sometimes all we need to do to get the house ready is a little de-cluttering and a deep clean. Other times there are essential repairs to make in order to appeal to the most possible buyers.
The bottom line, is that this to-do list will be catered to your needs and abilities which will make the process easy and frustration-free.
Who am I and how can I help you?
I'm Tamara Beauchard - realtor
As a top-performing realtor with Re/Max Professionals, I handled nearly $16 million in real estate transactions this past year. I stay on top of the market to ensure that you are confident about the price and the process from our first meeting to the settlement table.