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It’s not very common for a person to live in just one home for their entire life. Sooner or later, the time will come to make the sale and move on to the next chapter. Selling your home can be a challenging, thoroughly-debated decision, but there are numerous reasons for committing to change.

For example, maybe you got a new job that requires you to relocate, perhaps you’re looking to move closer to loved ones, or realize you’ve made enough equity, and it’s time to upgrade. Whatever reason it may be, there’s no denying that with its many moving parts, selling your home can be a weight-bearing, emotional process. So let’s review some critical pieces of information if you’re thinking about selling your house here in North Carolina.

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Finding a Top, Local


Real estate agents are masters of their field with a plethora of knowledge and access to resources to help them stay up-to-date on the latest market data. By hiring an agent to represent you during the selling process, you can ensure that you’re listing your home at the optimal price for multiple offers to ultimately get you the best return on your home. In addition, real estate agents are master negotiators and will act in your best interest to get you everything you want and need to cross the finish line. You may be asking yourself, “How do I find a good realtor to sell my home?” Fortunately, real estate is a widespread and growing profession, so it’s easy to do your due diligence to find the one right for you.

  • Ask for recommendations: There’s no one more trustworthy than those closest to you. Reach out to your family, friends, and coworkers for referrals for agents they’ve enjoyed working with before.
  • Read Google reviews: An agent’s online reputation can be very telling. Run a quick search of the agent themself or the company they’re tied to and read what others are saying about their experience working with them.
  • Schedule an interview: Don’t be afraid to contact multiple agents and hop on a phone call to learn more about their business, their selling process, and who they are as individuals. You’ll be in contact with your listing agent a fair amount, so it’s important that they’re someone you genuinely get along with and trust!
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Preparing Your Home for

the Market

Now that you’ve selected a realtor and identified your list price, it’s time to get your home ready to hit the market! Investing a small amount of time and effort into making your home “showing ready” can positively impact the number of offers a home gets and how fast it sells.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prepare your home to sell in Raleigh and the surrounding neighborhoods. If you’re wondering how to prepare your home to sell in Raleigh and the surrounding areas, follow these four ready-to-sell checklist items:

  • Make any necessary repairs: Chances are, your home isn’t going to be in 100% top-notch condition when it comes time to sell. Instead, it may have a unique set of repair issues that could ultimately scare buyers away. To avoid a buyer terminating at inspection, invest in making these repairs before the listing goes live to prevent surprises. Be sure to consult with your real estate agent on what repairs are worth the investment and what may be better left untouched. We can help you determine where to focus your efforts to get the return on your investment.
  • Hire a stager: Did you know that staging can increase the value of a home by up to ten percent? To prepare for a stager, try to declutter visible areas and remove any personal items around the home. Although you love your decor and personal items, a depersonalized home will help potential buyers envision their own lives in the house, increasing their chances of making an offer.
  • Don’t forget the exterior: Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal! A phrase we hear so often but remains incredibly important. Think about it: your home’s exterior makes the first impression on any potential buyer coming in for a showing and may impact how they look at the rest of the house. Trim the grass, clean up the yard, and maybe pant a few shrubberies to elevate your curb appeal.
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an Offer

After numerous showings and phone calls between agents – Congratulations, you’ve received multiple offers! Now, it’s time to choose the offer that best aligns with what matters most to you. If it’s the price, consider all the offer details; for example, if one offer comes in the highest but asks that you cover all of the closing costs, it may come out to less takeaway cash than that second-highest offer. Or maybe you care about the timeline and need to think through what bidder can move you to closing fastest. Your real estate agent will work through these offers with you and provide their expertise to help you decide. This part of the process is also where negotiations come into play. You can submit a counteroffer on the price, request an earlier or later closing date, or even reject their request to cover any closing costs.

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the Sale

After you accept an offer, you are now officially under contract! This stage requires many steps to complete the sale, so expect to read and sign a lot of paperwork. Once the sale of your home is official, the escrow company will notify the listing agent of the competition, and you can now collect your payout through either a cashier’s check or wire transfer. Congratulations, you did it! Are you looking to sell your home? Contact us today!

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