If you want to list your home for sale, all you need is to hire an agent you trust to market your house professionally, price it appropriately, and get you the best possible terms from interested buyers. I would interview Realtors until I meet one with the level of professionalism I expect and a demeanor that mirrors yours enough that you'll get along throughout what can be an emotionally charged process.
A Realtor will normally meet with you briefly at your house to get a good look around first. Without actually seeing the property, the next step is impossible for them... They'll go back to their place of business and prepare a comparative market analysis for you. What that does is compares your house to other properties that have sold recently in your area. Properties that are currently under agreement but have not yet closed are also used to zero in on the right number to price your house for marketing, although the information is a not as dependable. This price isn't the same as putting a price-tag on a can of beans, it's going to figure into an overall marketing strategy custom-tailored to your unique property and your goals. The Realtor will then return to your house, or wherever you want to meet, and present their findings to you, go over a strategic approach, answer questions you might have, and ask you to hire them to help you sell your house. How long this whole process takes and how detailed it gets is going to depend a lot on the kind of person you are. I've had people sign listing agreements and send me on my way in minutes, and I've had weeks of Q&A before getting started. Both ways are fine with me. It's your needs that should always be driving the process, so don't sign any agreements until you are completely comfortable.
If that doesn't cover the basics for you, I'm easy to reach through Trulia, and I would be glad to offer more detailed help if necessary.
Best of Luck;
CEO & SR Credit Repair Specialist at
Everlasting Credit Repair
Ex-Mortgage Broker of more than 10 years
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