What is the best way to sell your home from afar?

Asked by Ruth, San Francisco, CA Tue Apr 1, 2008

I own a home in Ann Arbor, Michigan but I recently relocated to New York, NY - to work for Trulia, actually! Anyway, I have no idea how to go about selling my house when I'm not even there. What is the best way to sell your home from afar?

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smith3gary, Agent, White Lake, MI
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Ruth, There are several good real estate agents in AA. I suggest Missy Caulk or Kathy Toth for a good local agent. Make sure they specify what marketing they will do on your home.

If you would like an unbiased third opion, I can send you an online home evaluation based upon recent sales in your neighborhood from the MLS and Washtenaw County public records.
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Jake Strickl…, Agent, Waycross, GA
Wed Apr 8, 2015
Your best bet is to hire a professional real estate agent that you trust and feel comfortable with listing the property in your absence for sale. Interview at least 2-3 different agents and go with your gut! - Jake
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Scott Harest…, Agent, Grand Haven, MI
Wed Apr 8, 2015
Using a reputable realtor is the best way to go abut selling. Realtors have access to tools and tricks of the trade that will allow for your home to sell quickley. They will schedule showings and will market your home as well as make sure everything looks good in the home while you are away!
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Middy Matthe…, Agent, Ann Arbor, MI
Wed Apr 8, 2015
Please use a Realtor to sell your home. A buyout through Trulia is good in a weak market but right now you can get far more than it's technically worth. There is very low inventory here now and offers are coming in far and above asking price. Call any one of the agents listed, they are all wonderful. I'm also an option. I just listed a house on Wednesday and have three strong offers well over listing that I'm presenting tonight. Hot market right now for home sellers. Get in it fast, if you're not already. That's my advice!
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Victor Kamin…, Agent, Edison, NJ
Sat Apr 10, 2010
First check with trulia to see if they have an any employee perks. I say this because many companies have employee benefits thru 3rd parties such as attorney services, health benefits, and relocation assistance. If they do, they just may have an employee relocation program affiliation with a Relocation company.

Basically your working with a realtor but that realtor is usually getting checked up on often by the Relocation company as a managing intermediary with the authority to hire and fire the agent and has the agent sign contracts agreeing to no loophole listing agreements allowing you to fire them without broker protection clauses, etc.

These benefits often give the option to buy the home directly from the employee albeit not at top price.
If trulia does not offer anything like this, all companies don't, usually just the bigger ones, If you know any realtors from back home you may just want to give them a call to help you out. If not you can call me and I can discuss your situation and help you find a good broker in the area and of course in exchange that broker would have to share their commission with me for sending them you as a referral. ;-)

Note you would need to either get documents notarized when signed and mailed or just have your attorney if one is being used in the transaction power of attorney to sign on your behalf for all documents associated with the sale. OR if you have someone back home that you can trust, you can give them this limited power of attorney to sign for you. You should make sure nothing is signed without your verbal or emailed approval first, adding a stipulation like that to the power of attorney will CYA one step further as being something you can trace back.

Make sure the agents you talk to for the listing know the local absorption rates and are familiar with the area and based on the absorption rate, don't sign listings for longer periods than that. Absorption rates will tell you how long it may typically take to sell your home. Also don't hire the agent who claims they can get you more for your house than the others, they're just BS'ing you.

Good luck...
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Dana M. Lamp…, Agent, Traverse City, MI
Thu Apr 24, 2008
ON-LINE! Use the Web & Internet feverishly. Use as many graphics at your disposal as necessary. Most folks are visual & you want to make a great first impression, thus~ use numerous still photos & audio/visual virtual tours, mapping, etc. to accentuate the positive!
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James Giacal…, Agent, Ann Arbor, MI
Wed Apr 2, 2008
Hey Ruth! My sister did the same thing as you about 20 years ago (moved from A2 to NYNY. Preferred the stars of Broadway over U-M Football). If were in your shoes, I would interview a couple of REALTORS to see who has the best marketing plan, networking capability and above all, be able to communicate with you on a regular basis to help you interpret what the buying market is doing. That way you can adjust your marketing accordingly to get it sold for the highest amount. The biggest thing is communication and the abilitiy of the REALTOR to not only network with other local agents, but with other REALTORS and BUYERS throughout the entire country. I firmly believe that one of the best things a good REALTOR can offer is his/her ability to network with other REALTORS throughout the country. There's an old saying in the real estate business... that it is a "local business". Well, that may be true, but Ann Arbor is a very international community and you may have the perfect BUYER coming from Asia, Europe or even good ol' NYNY! The bottom line is, it's up to your REALTOR to find BUYERS not only here in Ann Arbor, but elsewhere thoughout the country and world! If they only concentrate on the "local market", you may be missing the boat! ... or at least a couple potential buyers.
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Todd Lands, Agent, Saline, MI
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Hi Ruth,
Working for Trulia? Sounds fun. Maybe you can get Trulia to puta satelite in A2 someday. If you want a great referal for me go down to Central Park,look for "Manhattan Rickshaw" (the bycicle buggies) and ask for Peter (the owner).Peter will speak highly of me as The Ann Arbor REALTOR.
Good news! A2 is still a great place to call home and we have new people coming to the area everyday. As for selling...that's what we do everyday (well, most of us). Please do consult a good REALTOR as data shows us that REALTORS have ~87% of the sales and with you being out of town selling by owner could be a nightmare! Are you sure you want to sell it?A cottage in A2 could be nice if you could get a renterto pay your payments (+). If you need some weeding out of all of the REALTOR choices I would be happy to assist. Moregood news is that REALTORS live and function by a code of ethics so finding an agent you can place your trust in should be easy. I am born & raised in A2 (48104). Feel free to call me so we might talk for a few minutes. You can call me at 734/Mi-LANDS (645-2637).
Good Luck!
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Missy Caulk, Agent, Saline, MI
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Hi Ruth, I live in Ann Arbor and help many sellers here who have to move before their home is sold. I would be happy to do a CMA for you and email it to you if you need to determine value. I can email you my marketing plan for review. If you have a friend or relative that you left a key with it is best I do a quick walk-through to determine condition.

Bottom line, hire good Realtor who knows the area, and it technological so they can communicate with you in all aspects from afar. You can Google me.
Say hi to Rudy, for me.
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Mary, Both Buyer And Seller,
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Has Trulia included a home sale buyout if you do not sell it as part of your relocation package??
Now for selling your home from afar... you have to hire out all the maintence, get stagging done, and financially pay all the utilities and mortgage. Then the real work begins. We are in this situation..and I have to keep a constant eye on marketing (or lack of it..to the point where I call the listing company and say "It's been two weeks since the craigs list add has been updated"), condition of house (open houses -- hardwood floor had mud clumps, carpet had foot prints), monitoring the market (two homes came up as forcolsure/short sale -- and that impacts our listing price, taxes- (county raised our taxes and we can't get what they say our house is worth), staying current with local news like the fact that HP has its printer facility up for sale and the employees are soon out of work or already laid off , dealing with someone taking things like hoses and potted plants from the property....Yes, In our case the home has been on the market since Sept 07..and in a market that was fairing better then the rest of the country..still has tons of inventory..and the pool of buyers has shrunk considerably.
Congrats on your move and your job..but I know that "A rolling stone gathers no moss" is the best piece of wisdom...get is sold before the boxes go on the truck for NY..
best of luck
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Joseph DeVito, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Tue Apr 1, 2008
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Michelle Gor…, Agent, East Grand Rapids, MI
Tue Apr 1, 2008
The best way to sell your home from afar is to list with an agent. I have relocated many time myself, listing my home for sale with an agent was one of the smartest thing we did. The staging advise was a good one! Furnished homes look better, and they seem to sell for a higher price. You can interview agent just like you would if you were living here. but get it on the market soon, as the spring market is just starting to kick in!

Good luck with your new job!
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Rudolph McC…, Agent, Watertown, WI
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Hey Ruth,
Good Question, I would certianly reccomend a RE/MAX agent to sell your home. The other thing that is important to the performance of your agent is communication, it needs to be open and honest for your long distance relationship to work. Also I would consider contacting your local interior design business and see about renting some furnishings and have them set it up or "Stage" it for you.
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Cynthia "cin…, Agent, Bemus Point, NY
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Our company has a referral network of qualified agents to do a Comparative Market Analysis and tell you what your home would most likely sell for on the market today and how long it will take. We can put you in touch with someone in your neighborhood who knows your market. Just send me an e-mail and I will refer someone to you. Best of luck in getting your home sold, Cindy Anderson
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Jackie O'Con…, , Boston, MA
Tue Apr 1, 2008
Hi Ruth,

The best way to sell it from afar would be to list with an agent you trust to get the home sold with the least amount of headache. Our team, The Bouma Group, often works with sellers who live in another part of the coutnry or even the world! We handle all of the details to listing and showing and will even coordinate any repairs or updates for you. If you would like further information about our team, please feel free to contact Kristal in the listing department at 734-761-3060 or Kristal@bouma.com or just go to our website to be added to the market snap shot at http://www.bouma.com
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