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TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME

For most sellers, their home is their largest financial asset and deciding to sell can be a very big decision with a large variety of reasons and motivations that drive that decision. Getting a home ready for the market these days can involve a lot of preparation and work. 

I am here for you every step of the way from advising on what needs to be done to getting ready and even better yet, letting you know what things you won't have to do. To top that off, rest assured that I will continue to be there advising all along the way, step by step to best serve your personal needs.

CHOOSE AN AWARD-WINNING REAL ESTATE AGENT

I’m Ann Watley, a licensed Real Estate Agent with Pemberton Homes Real Estate Brokerage. I have won several awards based on my high level of commitment and value provided for my clients.

As an experienced professional who has over the past 15 + years helped many families sell their homes, I know how to handle every aspect of the sales process - from strategically marketing and showcasing the home to making sure everything's signed, sealed and delivered by the closing date when the keys are transferred to the happy new homeowner.

Providing you with comprehensive, high-quality listing service is my top priority. As a part of my service package, I offer professional photography, floorplans, stunning brochures and much more to market your home effectively in this competitive market. I am a "full service" Real Estate agent with no hidden fees or "add-on" services.

Something I think you'll find that sets me apart in this competitive real estate market is the level of commitment to service that I provide to my customers. It is easy to make suggestions, it is another matter in these busy times to find someone to trust to help carry out those tasks. Whether you need a painter, an electrician, a plumber or any other home service always come to me first for that trusted reference to someone you can rely on to get the job done. I also work with some terrific local staging services that can help us get on track to marketing your home in the best possible way.

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SELLING YOUR HOME CHECKLIST

This checklist will help you learn what steps you need to do in order to sell your house. Selling a home can be a complicated and lengthy process, so getting organized ahead of time will save you time. This is important if the real estate market is fluctuating quickly, so make sure you are ready to get the best price for your home possible. I am here to help get your home sold quickly with the best price possible.

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HIRE A REALTOR

Real estate agents are experts in buying and selling homes. I take this to heart and offer exceptional customer service and commitment to my clients. I have seen time and time again what works, what doesn’t work, and what is a waste of time and energy. Part of my services includes professional photos, brochures, and floor plans. 

GET HOUSE SALE READY

Potential buyers want to imagine themselves in their new homes. They don’t want to see heavily personalized details that they cannot relate to. A clean, fuss-free home will sell better than a neglected one. Some quick fixes to spruce up your home include declutter your home, minor repairs and touch-ups, deep clean the entire house and stage your furniture.

HOME INSPECTION

Most buyers get a home inspection done to protect themselves from potential disasters. Getting one done ahead of time will let you, the seller, understand what major things need to be done first. Often, the home inspection can make or break a sale so knowing ahead of time what to pay the most attention to is important.

SET A PRICE

To have a general understanding of how much your home is worth, you can use our Online Home Evaluation form. By using a Comparative Market Analysis, I can find the value of your property in the current real estate market. In addition, I can help show you what similar homes to yours have sold in recent months and how long they were on the market. 

LIST YOUR HOME

These days, most people look online first when trying to buy a house. The virtual first impression of a home matters. Professional photos and staged furniture will go a long way in grabbing the attention of potential buyers. I list all of my homes on MLS so buyers all across the nation can see your real estate listing. I schedule open houses for those that want to see the home in person as well.

SHOWINGS & OFFERS

Open houses and showings are effective ways to sell a house. They are also ways for potential buyers to provide feedback on things you might still have the ability to improve. A potential buyer might negotiate for a specific change to occur before they put in an offer. Once a buyer is happy, they may give an offer on the home that you can accept, counter, or reject.

CONDITIONAL PHASE & CLOSING COSTS

Once an offer is accepted, the conditional phase begins. This is a set period of time that the seller has to fulfill the conditions of the offer. Home inspections and insurance are usually part of this phase. Once the conditional phase has ended, the house is officially sold. 

Closing costs are usually paid for by the buyer. This includes costs like the property transfer tax, prepaid property taxes, legal fees, and GST to name a few. 

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