Here is a list of some Frequently Asked Questions that we have assembled for your benefit.
Have more questions? Give Caron a call at (248) 379-6651 or contact us here.
When is the best time to sell my home?
Every real estate market is different, so the answer to this question varies. Spring months are typically considered the best time to sell your home. But if you hire the right real estate agent, there really isn’t ever a bad time to sell. An experienced real estate agent understands how to drive attention and traffic to your home.
What steps should I take to prepare my home for sale?
When preparing your home for sale, you need to gather paperwork, choose when you will sell the home, have a pre-listing inspection, discuss what dollar value you will list the home for, stage the home, & more.
Before you do any of this, hire an experienced real estate agent that understands your market. A professional Realtor will guide and assist you in preparing your home for sale; it is their job to make sure it gets sold!
We recommend a deep cleaning, clearing off all counter and table tops, sweep and vacuum all floors. Clean toilets, sinks, showers, and refrigerator. These areas say a lot about the rest of the home and can show a potential buyer how well the home has been maintained. Keep all blinds and curtains open for showings and photos to keep it bright. Candles or plug-ins can give off the wrong impression. They can give the implication that there is a bad scent that needs to be covered up. We recommend a gentle room spray like Febreeze.
What is my home worth?
You can’t always trust online resources to provide you with an accurate representation of what your home is worth. An online resource doesn’t consider the intricacies of each home; it is just based off recent homes that have sold in your area with similar specs.
The best way to determine what your home is worth is by contacting a local real estate agent. They can help in the process of estimating what your home is worth by completing a competitive market analysis.
How do I respond to low ball offers?
Thankfully, most buyers are offering above listing price today since the market is very competitive. However, if you do receive a low-ball offer, it is just a negotiating point. Don’t become discouraged or upset – the biggest piece of advice we can give is to leave your emotions out of it. It is OK to counter offer!
How are you going to market my home?
With over 20 years of experience in this market, we understand how to get a home sold. Marketing strategies have evolved a great deal over the years.
Digital marketing is a key element in how we draw attention to your home – but without the right visual assets, this strategy will fall short. We employ professional photographers and drone video pilots to capture the essence of your home and make it more appealing to buyers.
Our digital deployment includes over 100 online home listing websites, along with targeted social media advertising.
We also capitalize on local newspapers and gazettes, & send out direct-mail postcards to potential buyers.
Is there anything I should do before looking at homes?
The first thing you should do is speak to a bank and get pre-approved. This will help you understand what you can afford. There are also special programs for first time home buyers, and the bank will educate you on all the cost’s involved in buying a new home. An experienced real estate agent will help connect you with a bank that can best meet your specific needs
Another good idea is to look into homeowner insurance companies, and try to find the best coverage at the best rate.
How long does it take to buy a home?
This really varies from person to person based on how many homes you would like to see. Once you have found the home you would like to purchase, it usually takes around 30 days to close.
Who pays the real estate agent commission fee when buying a home?
In most cases, the seller will pay the Realtors fee. However, there are no guarantees. Discuss this with your real estate agent before you hire them.
How much should I offer the seller?
This is a conversation that is best to have with your real estate agent. They will understand the market, and what similar homes in the area are selling for. At the end of the day, it is ultimately your decision on how much you are willing to pay for your new home.
What happens if my offer is rejected?
Typically, if your offer is rejected, the seller will give a counter offer or an explanation. They may have already accepted a different offer, or they simply would like more for their home. Don’t be afraid to send a second offer if your first is rejected.