what are the steps to putting my house on the market? Do I need a realtor? How soon can I get out of my home?

Asked by Sharon D. Scallion, Texas Mon Aug 18, 2008

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Josh M. Boggs, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Tue Aug 19, 2008

sorry.. I wasn't able to send you the packet via e-mail because you do not have it linked in w/ your profile. If you would still be interested; you can always request it from our website. Have a great day!
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Josh M. Boggs, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Tue Aug 19, 2008
Hi Sharon,

What is your motivation to sell? Sounds like you may be in a slight hurry? There are numerous things to consider when selling in this market and it seems like a few of them have already been covered here in the other answers below. One major thing I will add is that you MUST not just settle for a CMA from a Realtor; you should also request a Timing Analysis and perhaps also a Highest Price Analysis.

We do have a ton of helpful hints for new sellers on our website as well as a free sellers consulting guide if you were interested. I will send you directly a nice packet on staging and conditioning your home for sale that has some really great money saving coupons in it as well.

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Josh Thomas, , Austin, TX
Mon Aug 18, 2008
The other guys pretty much nailed it. You need to make your home look like a model home (as if no one actually LIVES there). Also, take down pictures on the wall, especially pictures of family. It's not that your family is ugly, it just helps the potential buyers see themselves in the home rather than another family. Anything you don't need to survive should get packed away into storage.

A Realtor can help you devise a market strategy depending on your needs. If you need to get out fast, we can check market trends and price accordingly. A good Realtor will listen intently to your needs and deliver. You do not actually NEED a Realtor to sell your home, but it is a very good idea because we will set up advertising campaigns, handle calls and visits from prospects, and protect you in the negotiation process.

If you were to pursue this on your own, your best bet is to check out fsbo.com or something to that effect. They may be able to advise you on how to list the home on your own. The home should get onto the MLS to get the most exposure and sell rapidly. This can cost you $400-500, or it is included in a Realtor's fee.

Staging and pricing are VERY important in getting a quick offer. A realtor can help you with both of those. Even a "quick sale" can take up to 45 days for closing, and funding.

If I can help you further in any way, please contact me. There is no harm in getting an expert opinion, especially a free one. I'm just up the road in Austin.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Mon Aug 18, 2008
Clean and clear the house including power washing exterior make your home appear as though it is brand new, paint gender specific rooms to neutral color, address carpet stains, pet odor, flower beds, then contact a realtor. Pack all items you dont need care bare minimum for use. Neatly store in garage.
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Dominick Dina, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Mon Aug 18, 2008
Hi Sharon,

Too many steps to cover in a short answer, however basically:

1. Set up a schedule of when you want to move out and where you are going.
2. Shop around for a real estate agent. Talk with family, friends and coworkers for referrals.
3. Prepare your home to become a "house" for sale, i.e., declutter, paint, clean, etc.
4. Prepare for emotional ups and downs...your agent will help keep you from climbing the walls.
5. Take negotions on offers seriously....do not be greedy....a house priced right will sell.
6. Make sure after you accept an offer you REALLY have some place to go. Most buyers would not agree to more than 30 days before taking possession after closing.

If you would like more, please feel free to contact me without obligation.

Best wishes,
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