Selling a Home in Southwest Washington
We Know the Southwest Washington Real Estate Market.
Southwest Washington is a region with distinct and diverse communities, each with its own unique character. Every neighborhood appeals to a specific type of buyer, making it essential to target the right audience with an appropriate marketing message to achieve the best possible sales price for your home. Fortunately, we possess the necessary experience and network to effectively connect with the ideal buyers for your property.
We Have the Creative Talent to Showcase Your Home.
The age-old saying "You can't judge a book by its cover" has become outdated in our fast-paced, image-driven society. First impressions are crucial, and every piece of information regarding your property, whether it's a brochure, the wording in the Multiple Listing Service, an online presence, or a well-crafted advertisement, must present your home in the best possible light to make a lasting impact.
From the initial paperwork and marketing to the final closing details, we take care of all aspects of the listing process. As a result, a significant proportion of our transactions come from repeat business and referrals, a testament to our dedication to providing personalized attention to all the details.
Marketing your home successfully requires more than just placing a "For Sale" sign in your front yard. You need a real estate broker who understands the importance of utilizing both traditional and digital marketing strategies to maximize exposure, generate buyer interest, and ensure a quick sale for the highest possible price. We believe our marketing plan is the best in the business, and we would love the opportunity to show you why.
COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS (CMA)
Many home sellers wonder whether it's the right time to sell their property. If you're unsure about the current market conditions, we offer a complimentary comparative market analysis (CMA) performed by one of our experienced real estate brokers. A CMA is a detailed evaluation of the market conditions and trends in your area. Our brokers will compare your home to active, pending, and recently sold properties and adjust for comparable features. We'll provide you with insights on the current pace of home sales, suggest improvements to enhance your home's value, and give you a realistic estimate of what your home could sell for in today's market. This is a completely free service, and there's no obligation to move forward. Contact us today to request your free market analysis.
COST OF SELLING YOUR HOME
If you're planning to sell your home, our real estate brokers can provide you with an estimated net proceeds sheet that factors in all the associated fees. While the commission paid to real estate brokers is negotiable, there are certain state and local taxes and fees that cannot be negotiated. For instance, in the State of Washington, the seller is required to pay a state and local Real Estate Excise Tax, which varies according to the county where the sale is registered. Apart from this, the seller may need to pay other fees like title policy and transfer fees, document and preparation fees, prorated property taxes, and the outstanding mortgage balance.
PREPARING YOUR HOME
Although selling your home in an as-is condition is an option, it may not be your preferred choice. To get the best possible return on your investment, your home needs to make a positive first impression on potential buyers. This entails ensuring that both the interior and exterior of your home are in good condition and free of any maintenance issues or needed repairs. It's worth investing some time and effort in preparing your home before listing it for sale as buyers often look for reasons to justify a lower offer than the asking price. By taking some time to prepare your home for sale, you can avoid giving them a reason to make a lower offer and potentially increase your return on investment.
Before making an offer on a home, a buyer will typically request to review any documents that could impact the property they intend to purchase. These documents may include CC&Rs, HOA documents, shared well and septic agreements, access and road agreements, title elimination for manufactured homes, a seller's disclosure statement, lead-based paint disclosure (for homes built before 1978), as well as plats, surveys, maps, and green certificates, among others. It's important to provide any documents that could potentially affect a buyer's decision to purchase your home, and for the buyer to carefully review and consider these documents before moving forward with an offer.
DISCLOSING KNOWN ISSUES
Selling your home involves assuming some liability. As a seller, you are required to disclose any known material defects that could affect the condition of your home to potential buyers. In the State of Washington, the seller must complete a seller's disclosure form for homes, including multi-family units of up to four. The disclosure statement must be completed to the best of the seller's knowledge and signed. When a buyer expresses interest in your home or decides to make an offer, the seller's disclosure statement will be provided to them for review.
Most buyers will typically order a comprehensive home inspection at their own expense after their offer has been accepted. By disclosing any known defects upfront, you can avoid potential headaches down the line when the buyer discovers issues during their home inspection, which could lead to unnecessary renegotiation. Disclosing any known defects now will help to build trust and ensure a smoother transaction for both parties involved.
If you're interested in knowing the current market value of your home, please fill out the form below. One of our knowledgeable real estate brokers will be in touch with you shortly to schedule a complimentary comparative market analysis. There's no cost or obligation involved, and we look forward to helping you make an informed decision about your property.