Is now the time to sell my Sherman home?
1. CONSIDER WHY YOU WANT TO SELL….
Considering why you want to sell your Sherman home is the first step
to make the decision to do so.
There is a shortage of homes for sale in Sherman, Texas. There are
more buyers than there are homes for sale. This sounds great for the
Sherman home seller, or is this really as good as it seems.
Buyers are qualified to purchase a home, and most of the time they
already have taken the time to speak to a local loan officer. The
potential buyers already know what they are looking for in a Sherman
home. They are well educated in the process of buying a home for the
most part. They have already qualified for a specific type of loan
program and know what they can spend on a home.
Does your Sherman home qualify for the loan type the buyer is
prepared to work with on the purchase?
VA or Veterans Administration Home Loan
FHA Federal Housing Administration
USDA home loan United States Department of Agriculture
2. DECIDE HOME MUCH YOU WOULD LIKE TO WALK AWAY WITH….
Making the decision to sell your house, and understanding what you
need to walk away with is an important step. Give your mortgage
company a call and find out how much you owe. They can give you a
payoff over the phone or send it to you in the mail. Getting the amount
verbally is how most folks do this and then request it be sent to them as
well. This will give you peace of mind to better understand what you
will need to do in order to walk away with what you need.
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3. Fix up the house and do the obvious repairs
Take a walk through your house and look at it as a potential home
buyer would look at it. What do you see that you really do not see
because you live there and it just has become part of the house?
The first step is to do a really deep cleaning of the house. Get out the
step stool to clean the top of the stuff we often forget about, but with
that said to be careful. The tall buyer will see the top of items that we
really do not think about. Clean clean and clean some more. Calling a
professional cleaner might just be something to think about. Look at the
small things such as the plumbing fixtures are they clean and free of
Many experts recommend that you focus on the kitchen first when
preparing your home for sale. For many potential buyers, the kitchen is
the most important room in the house. Since the kitchen has the power
to make or break an offer, you should do everything you can to enhance
it before showing your home to buyers.
4. Have a Pre-Appraisal done to determine the home price.
Have an appraiser give you an
official appraisal may be an
option that is appealing to you
as a Homeowner the cost is really not that much. You will be able to
say the house has just been appraised at $$$$ dollars and will qualify
for this type of financing options. This will give you an advantage to
other houses on the market
5. Staging your home for Success….
This is a very important part of selling your Sherman house. We all
know that buyers buy on emotion, what they can in vision what can
they see and feel as they enter the home.
Set the mood that you are looking for, allow the potential buyers to feel
the house. After all, they are buying a house to make a home. When
you stage the property you are gaining the appeal of the potential
Professional home staging is a tried and true method used to sell a
home here in Texoma. Some advantages to home staging include fewer
days on the market and better offers. If your goal is to sell your house
quickly, go for a well thought out approach to home staging.
6. Now that you Sherman house is ready to be shown let’s talk about the showing process.
Some Real Estate Brokerages use a company called CSS or Centralized
Showing Service, which is a company that specializes in setting up
showings for your property. The cost is minimal, is a great way to keep track of the showings, and get feedback on what potential buyers
are thinking about your property. We will discuss with you the showing
process and what will work best for you. Some sellers want a more
personal way of setting up showings, which is understandable. We can
talk to you personally on setting up all showings, text and email you
We will place an electronic Key Box on your property
This electronic key box does not keep you
from entering the property. What is does do is
allow us to keep track of who is going in the
house and when they are entering the property.
Of course, if your house is occupied we will
always set up the appointment with you as we
have agreed upon. This is a subject that can be
discussed as to what works best for you.
Whether it is 24 hours’ notice or just a few
minutes this is something that we will work
with you on.
7. Holding an Open House ….
Does it really work to hold an open house?
Well, that all depends on several items. Is your
property located in the City or out in the
Country? From my experience, if your
Sherman House is located in the City of Sherman an Open House may
just work well. If it is located out further and not on a well-traveled
road it most likely will not draw the traffic that is wanted. This is an
item that we can discuss in more detail and see if it is an advertising
method that would work for your property.
8. Negotiating offers…
An offer has arrived on your Sherman house. Oh, wait a minute more
than one offer has arrived what is the next step?
Well, the first step is we will set down together and go over the offer
and/or offers together paragraph by paragraph page by page and see
exactly what the offer and/or offers are requesting from you.
As we look at the offer and/or offers are they cash, need financing,
close date is just a few of the items that are within the offer.
If it is the case that more than one offer has arrived on your Sherman
house what are your options?
My suggestion is to ask for highest and best on all offers, but that might
not be the best plan of action for you. As you look at the offers are they
solid offers? Is one more solid than the other?
Are there contingencies that might make you only wish to respond to
one of the offers?
That is what we are here to help you with. But in the end, it is your
decision. Accept one, counter one, or ask for Highest and Best to both
with a timeline to respond. Either way, respond to the offer and/or
offers in a timely manner. If you need time to respond say so there is
nothing wrong with needing time to think things through.
9. Accepted offer what’s next?
You have accepted an offer what is the next step in the process?
We will request the earnest money (add the page link earnest money
here) be sent to the Title Company that has been agreed upon within the
contract. This can be sent via mail, wired in or delivered personally to
the title company. Most Title Companies prefer a wire transfer of the
earnest money. Once the Earnest money is deposited the title company
will send a receipted page showing this.
When the contract is delivered to the title company and the earnest
money is delivered this is called OPENING ESCROW. This gives the
title company the terms of the contract the address and the ability to get
the title work started. During this process, the title company will be
contacting you via email or phone call to request information from you.
The Earnest money is at the title company, the execution date has been written on the contract.
Is the execution date something that needs to be written on the
contract? Yes yes yes this is the date that all the items within the
contract are set by. One of these items is the Termination Option.
10. What is a Termination Option?
This is a set amount of days that is agreed upon within the contract for
a nominal amount of money for the unrestricted right to terminate the contract within a specific amount of days from the Execution of the
contract. (The execution date is important here is a reason why.)
During this time frame inspection of the property is set and the inspection is done.
11. TITLE COMMITMENT will be delivered to the buyer and seller
for review. At this time you will review the document to ensure the
legal description matches the contractual agreement along with several
other items. Within this, you will find the restrictions and any items that
the title company might need clarification to give a clear title. The title
company that is on the contract will answer any questions that you may have.
The inspection went well, the title commitment is clear what is next?
12. The appraisal of the property.
The appraiser will set up an appointment to view the property.
Depending on the type of financing that you agreed upon will determine what the appraiser is looking for.
There are several types of financing options.
FHA, USDA, VA, CONVENTIONAL, and several others as well.
The Appraiser has been by the report delivered to the lender no repairs
are required and the value has been met. What’s next?
13. The lender submits the file to underwriting
The underwriter reviews the documents to ensure that all requirements
of the buyer and property are met. All requirements are met the underwriter has now given the clear to close. What’s next?
14. The lender will gather all the documents for the note or mortgage on the property.
These documents will be sent to the Title Company they will work with the lender to ensure all of the contractual agreement is met and properly documented. What’s next?
15. All documents have been approved by the lender and the clear to close has been given. What’s next?
16. The closing date will be set.
It is the closing day the time has been set. You have arrived at the Title
Company and ready to sign.
Both the buyer and seller have signed. The property is closed and funded.
17. Congratulations you made through the process of selling your Sherman TX home.
18. Hug your Realtor.
Helping real people creat real dreams.
Is now the time to sell my Sherman TX home?
Laura D Filip Broker/Owner CRS,CHMS,CNHS,RCC
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