Advice for Sellers

Selling your home can be a challenge. Leave it up to a professional like Jenny.

1. Choosing a REALTOR®

Selling your home isn’t a simple procedure. It involves large sums of money, stringent legal requirements and the potential for costly mistakes. A REALTOR® will spend the time it takes to help you sell your home in the least amount of time and for the best possible price.

2. The Listing Agreement

A Listing Agreement is a contract between you and your agent's brokerage company. It provides a framework for subsequent forms and negotiations. It's important the agreement accurately reflects your property details and clearly spells out the rights and obligations of all parties.

The Listing Agreement will outline:

  • The duration of the agreement;
  • Your REALTOR's® compensation
  • The listing price and an accurate description of the property;

Disclosure

Ask your listing REALTOR® about disclosure, which is a seller's obligation to disclose facts about properties for sale. A major cause of post-sale disputes and lawsuits relate to defects and disclosure, but most disputes can be avoided if proper disclosures are made. Intentionally withholding information about a property when selling it can have serious legal consequences.

3. Setting Your Price

A REALTOR® has the information and expertise to assess at what prices similar properties in your area have sold, and may be able to help you in this regard. She can also provide information on market history, such as the number of properties sold in your community the previous month or year.

4. Listing and Marketing Your Property

If your listing is an MLS® listing, your REALTOR® will place your listing on a real estate board's MLS® System. Through the board's MLS® System, all other REALTORS® that are members of that board can find and view information about your property, and all have the opportunity to sell your property. Your property gains more exposure, because it reaches the majority of the real estate professionals in your community. And through REALTOR.ca, the national property website that gets more than a million unique visitors per month, your property is advertised to potential buyers across Canada and around the world.

5. Waiting For the Right Opportunity

Sometimes a home doesn't sell right away. Avoid the urge to pull your home off the market. Be persistent! Generally, there are three reasons why a home may not sell as fast as others: location; condition; and asking price.

Obviously, you can't change your home's location. However, you can improve the condition of your home and you can, of course, adjust your price. Throughout the listing process, you need to be constantly comparing your asking price against those of similar properties in your area. Review your selling strategy regularly with your listing agent.

6. Accepting an Offer

Once a buyer is found, you'll receive an offer that will:

  • Detail the buyer's price
  • Specify any conditions that may apply or be attached
  • State desired date of possession
  • The date the offer expires

As an act of good faith, the buyer will make a deposit with the offer. You don't have to accept the offer as is. You may wish to make a counter offer that meets the original offer partway. The counter offer is one more step along the way to negotiating the final terms and conditions of the sale.

The offer, once signed by everyone, is a binding contract. Make sure you understand and agree to all of the terms in the document.

Other Possible Requirements

Before closing, if the buyer insists upon any conditions of sale, you may be asked to provide a number of things.

  • A current survey, showing that the house sits on the property that you own.
  • Title to the property
  • Access to the property by a qualified home inspector and bank appraiser.

 

Some Facts About Jenny


Medallion Club

MLS Medallion Club Member

Jenny is consistently one of the top 10% of all realtors in the Greater Vancouver area.

Over 10 years experience

Jenny has upwards of 10 years working in the real estate industry in the Greater Vancouver area.

Hundreds of satisfied clients

Jenny's clients have entrusted her with all their real estate transactions.

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Royal Pacific Realty

Royal Pacific Realty

#550 North Tower, Oakridge Centre
650 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver BC Canada V5Z 2M9

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