GET NEW LISTINGS EMAILED DAILY • CREATE ACCOUNT / SIGN IN

732.671.0100

Information for Sellers

Selling Your Home with Woodward Realty GroupAlmost everyone at some point in their lives sells their home. Although it's not something that most people do frequently, it can present a number of questions for the seller. It's our job to help you through this process. We pride ourselves on quality Client service. Our Clients are always our first priority and every effort is made to assure them of a seamless transaction.  

Let's begin the home selling process to help you understand how our agents work to make your experience easy and hassle-free.

#1 Preparing to Sell your Home

Why do you want to sell your home? Do you need more space? Are you simply downsizing? Are you moving to another neighborhood, city or state? Your Real Estate Agent will guide you with recommendations and suggestions for what steps you need to take in maximizing what your home has to offer. 

As we know, we have one opportunity to make a first impression. We recommend with the help of your agent, that you make a list of all of the interior and exterior projects that should be completed prior to placing your home on the market. Problems like chipped paint, dirty walls, windows and doors, unfinished remodeling projects and cluttered garages are all areas for home selling improvement. Neat, tidy and organized is key!

Our agents' knowledge, experience and understanding of the industry will ultimately help you sell your home more quickly.

#2 You're Ready to List

Before you list your home, it is important to do your homework on the real estate companies in your area.

  1. Search the Internet for your local real estate companies.
  2. Review local publications for agent advertisements.
  3. Call each company to compare commission fees, marketing campaigns and yearly sales volume.
  4. Talk to your friends and neighbors. 9 times out of 10, someone you know has sold their home and can provide a credible recommendation to point you in the right direction.

When choosing a real estate agent, do not be afraid to meet with many different agents. Thay are, after all, competing for your business. This competition is what makes the real estate industry successful.

Feel free to ask them the following questions:

#3 Determining Property Value

There are a number of factors that go into determining the value of a home.

Only a qualified agent can provide a fair market analysis of the homes for sale in your area. A Market Analysis is usually free and without obligation. For more information on how to receive a FREE Market Analysis that will help you properly determine the value of your home, contact at, or contact us here.

#4 Getting Your Home Out There

There are a number of different ways that an agent can drive traffic to view your home:

#5 Selling Your Home

The Offer

An acceptable offer depends on many different things:

The Counter-Offer

When potential buyers are searching for a home, they can respond in three different ways to the seller(s):

  1. This home is not what we were looking for. We are not interested in the property.
  2. We are interested in the home and we will purchase the property on the buyer's terms per the real estate agreement.
  3. We are interested in the home, but here is our counter-offer for the property.

Negotiating

This negotiating process can at times seem very complicated. However, if you are equip with the right agent, all of this can be made hassle-free.

During the negotiating process of the sale of a home, the seller can react in one of three different ways:

  1. Accept the buyer's proposed offer
  2. Decline the buyer's offer
  3. Make a new counter-offer

#6 Saying Goodbye To Your Home

The closing process is always changing. It is even referred to as "settlement" or "escrow" in different parts of the county. With increased technology, most closings are completely automated and both parties do not have to be present at the same time to sign.

Closings usually take about 30 days to complete. This mainly depends on the buyer's financing availability, successful home inspection completion, and various lender conditions (ex. title search, title insurance, termite inspections, surveys and appraisals).

The closing process is the transfer of the title of the property from the buyer to the seller. The buyer will receive the keys to the home or the deed to the land, while the seller receives payment for the property. The amount the seller receives is based upon the amount that is still owed on the mortgage, any outstanding fees or taxes and any additional closing costs. All legal papers are filed with the local record office.

It is this step where the buyers and sellers do very little. It is important as the seller to take a final walk through the property to make sure the property's condition as not changed. It is equally important for both the buyer and seller to make sure the paperwork they are signing reflects the agreement of the original sale.

#7 Surviving the Move

Moving can be one of the most emotional times in your life. The thrill of something new … new career, a new neighborhood, a new home. While this may sound great to some people, for others, these changes can be an emotional rollercoaster.

The key to surviving your move is to first analysis the situation. You may want to ask yourself this question, "What does my move entail?" "Will I be moving across the country or just down the block?" "Could I handle the move myself, provided I have the right packing materials and friends to help" Or "Do I need to explore the option of hiring a professional moving company?"

There are many resources out there. You may want to consult your agent for guidance or refer to our Moving Checklist for more information.

#8 Hiring A Moving Company

If you plan on hiring a moving company, you might want to do some research first. Our Moving Guide offers great information for those researching the possibility of hiring a mover.