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“We were so pleased to work with Carol who represented us on the sale of our home and on the purchase of our new home.  She was thoroughly professional and warmly personal throughout.  We never felt our concerns were dropped and she surprised us with special touches that made it more than just business.  We had had an unpleasant experience that was such a great contrast to our successful sale and purchase with Carol.  Her recommendations were based on research and experience and we ended up getting our eventual buyer less than two weeks after her sign was in the yard.“

Steven and Joy Whitlock

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What a seller needs to know when selling their property

According to the National Association of Realtors, the top 5 benefits home sellers received from their real estate agent:

  1. Help in understanding the selling process
  2. Marketing the property on various websites and publications
  3. Negotiating a better sales contract and terms
  4. Understanding the step by step process of closing
  5. Provided a better list of service providers when needed

What is Agency?  How does Agency affect me as a seller?

The Real Estate Commission encourages Realtors to explain the various types of agency which reflects who is representing the buyer and seller:

Buyer’s Agency– The Agent is representing the buyers, exclusively

Seller’s Agency– The Agent is representing the seller, exclusively

Designated Agency– An Agent from the firm is designated as an agent for the seller

Facilitator– The agent is not representing either buyer or seller exclusively but is a facilitating the transaction.

Dual Agency– The agent is representing both buyer and seller at the same time.  This is not often used.

How to prepare your home for market?

  • Thoroughly sweep and pressure was the exterior including walkways and driveway.
  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Freshen the front door, add a welcome mat
  • Maintain landscaping and keep the exterior free of trash, equipment, and toys
  • Keep counters free of dishes and clutter
  • Empty the garbage, make beds, and run a quick vaccum.
  • Turn on lights, especially on rainy, dark days
  • Avoid wall fragrances, instead, leave fresh flowers or apples and cinnamon on stove on low heat