Sellers Beware

Sellers, This Could Happen

  • The date on the contract will most likely change, it is a guesstimate and subject to many variables.
  • The property might not appraise at the contract price.
  • Buyer may ask for repairs even on an As-Is contract.
  • Agent may miss shown appointments and not call or show up.
  • Appointments will be made and might cancel at the last minute.
  • Instructions to turn off lights, close doors, etc may not be adhered to by the agent showing your home.
  • Buyers may want to walk from property (Buyer’s remorse).
  • The agent on the sign will be in witness protection and not return any phone calls.
  • An agent may show your home and forget to return the key in the lockbox.
  • Some showings will last about five minutes, some showings much longer.
  • There will be a day when your agent calls you and says someone wants to see your house, and you are going to ask when. And the agent will say: “pull back the curtains, they are sitting outside now”!
  • Agents are going to make appointments at the very last minute.
  • Agents are going to knock on your door, even drive by or see you in the yard and ask if can they see your house (if this happens, call me).
  • Expect lots of lowball or verbal offers (at least it is a starting point).
Thank you Terry Watson, CSP, Chicago for your helpful tips!

Sellers Ask

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will it take to sell my home?
  • Who prices the home?
  • How do I find a good Realtor to list my home?
  • Should I interview other Realtors?
  • Are there particular questions I should ask my Realtor before hiring him/her?
  • What do you charge to sell my home?
  • Is your commission negotiable?
  • Why is your commission higher than XYZ Company?
  • Can the buyer pay the commission?
  • What is a Fee For Service Plan?
  • What exactly does my Realtor do to sell my home?
  • Should I expect a marketing plan?
  • How many open houses will you do?
  • How many times will I see my house advertised on the Internet?
  • How many times will I see my house for sale in the newspaper?
  • What happens if I sell my house by myself?
  • Should the home be vacant while it is on the market?
  • What is the advantage of staging my home?
  • I still live in the house, what do I do with all the toys and clutter?
  • I need to buy a home, should I sell first?
  • What happens if I must sell first, can I still buy another home and move in after my closing?
  • Will I have to fix all the repairs needed to be done in order to sell my home?
  • I know I have mold behind my walls, will I have to address this before I sell?
  • What happens if the Buyer changes his mind right before closing?
  • Can I keep the escrow if the Buyer does not want to purchase?
  • I can’t move right away, can I stay in my home for 30 days after I close?
  • In post-occupancy who is liable if someone gets hurt on the property?
  • My furniture is being delivered before closing, can I have it delivered to the home I am buying?
  • What do I do with my animals while the home is getting shown?
  • What happens if I choose to not have a sign in my yard?
  • Will you be there for all showings?
  • What do I do with my valuable possessions during showings?
  • I will be out of the country when my home closes, how is that handled?
  • My home did not appraise at contract value, what now?
  • Can we take back-up offers after I have signed a contract for sale?
  • What is a Seller’s Disclosure?
  • My home has flooded in the past from a plumbing issue, should I disclose that?
  • My house caught on fire 5 years ago and was repaired, must I disclose?
  • I know of a serious settlement issue with my home, it was remediated but I lost the documentation. Will that be an issue?
  • Someone died in my home, must I disclose?
  • I have 2 large dogs and regularly spray my home with a commercial insecticide. It has caused a horrible odor in my carpet and on my walls. Should I be concerned?
  • What is CFPB and how does it concern me?
  • What is FIRPTA?
  • What is the TRID?
  • What exactly will be my closing costs?
  • Why doesn’t the Buyer pay for the Owners Title Insurance?
  • Will my Realtor or myself have access to an attorney if needed?
  • Me and my 4 brothers inherited the home I live in. How will this be handled by the title company?

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We often say selling or purchasing a home will be one of the biggest financial and emotional investments of a persons lifetime.

This is exactly why you need the right Realtor, a partner and friend who will take you through the process and handle each and every detail.

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