The First Time Home Seller’s Experience

“The First Time Home Seller’s Experience”

Not everyone who owns a home has ever sold a home.  You would think that after the last decade, everyone has sold a home at least once, but some homeowners purchased their house when they were just starting out, raised their families, watched their children have children, and now, on the verge of retirement, are ready to sell.  Others have outgrown their starter home, and are looking to move to something larger.  The reasons are as varied as the properties these sellers are listing but there’s one thing first time sellers have in common – they’re not quite sure what to expect from the process.

So what does the process entail?  The first step is to find an agent you can work with.  Someone who understands your goals and concerns, knows your neighborhood, and is ready to walk with you hand in hand down the path to the closing table.

You and your agent will determine what selling features your house has that will make it a must see for buyers.  Simply stating that it’s a “lovely home that’s been well maintained” won’t cut it with today’s internet savvy buyers.  They want to know what the house can do for them.  Are the appliances and mechanicals Energy Star rated?  With the cost of heating and cooling a home, energy efficiency isn’t just a buzz word, it’s an absolute necessity.

Before the contract, you will need to negotiate the offer.  Your agent keeps the negotiations from getting personal.  Once under contract, your agent will help you navigate the slippery slope of home inspections.  Your agent will help you negotiate which repairs, if any, you will make and provide you with names of licensed contractors.  We act as your liason with your attorney, supplying them with the fully executed contract and any additional information they may need to close the transaction.

With inspections out of the way, your agent will be there to answer your questions, and keep you in the loop until you reach the closing table.  Some agents don’t attend closings but I feel that it’s important to be there with my clients until they turn over the keys to the new buyer.

Are you thinking of selling your home?  Please contact me for a confidential, no obligation consultation.

About Ruth Zeiss

As a Realtor servicing the state of Connecticut, I believe everyone deserves a boutique level of client care, regardless of the size of the moat around their castle. I believe that homeownership is the gateway to prosperity. Why build someone else’s equity when you can build your own wealth? If you’re a buyer, my goal is to find you a home you can not only afford to buy, but a home you can afford to keep. Are you selling your house? I will work with you to market and sell your property. Your ideas are always welcome because no on knows their house as well as you do. If you are a renter, you know how competitive the rental market is. I will help you find the best quality rental in your budget Is your credit scratched and dented? I will help you market yourself to the landlord so you can overcome those blemishes on your credit report & get the rental. Buying, selling, or leasing, I will protect your interests every step of the way from the initial negotiations, to inspections, appraisals, and finally the closing table. I care for my clients as if you are my own children. It’s not just my job, it’s the way I’ve always done business. Ruth Zeiss CT Real Estate License RES.0789147
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