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SELLING YOUR OWN HOME?

Selling your home yourself depends on your personal preferences and how much time and energy you’re willing to invest in your home sale.

Recipe For a SALE

THERE ARE 5 MAIN INGREDIENTS THAT MAKE UP THE SALE OF YOUR HOME.

Planning to SELL

So you’re planning to sell your home. You have decided on a price, based on current market values, but your home may sell faster and bring a higher price if it shows well.

GET YOUR HOME SHOW READY

Make sure the temperature in your home is comfortable – keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. If it’s cooler outside and you have a fireplace, a nice fire can make your home seem cozy and inviting.

WORKING WITH LENDERS

Once the transaction has been negotiated, the lender will work hand-in-hand with other real estate professionals in order to make sure the loan is approved and funded in a timely manner.

THE APPRAISAL

The appraisal process consists of several steps. The following are the major steps in the sequence normally followed by appraisers:

KEY PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN A REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION

Knowledgeable, customer-focused professionals are available to answer your title and settlement questions.

WHAT IS TITLE INSURANCE

Title insurance provides coverage for certain losses due to defects in the title that, for the most part, occurred prior to your ownership.

COMMON TITLE PROBLEMS

Your home may be new to you, but every property has a history. A thorough title search can help uncover any title defects tied to your property.

WHAT IS ESCROW

Escrow is a term that describes the neutral third-party handling of funds, documents, and tasks specific to the closing (or settlement, as it is also known), as outlined on the real estate purchase agreement or sales contract.

TIPS FOR A TIMELY CLOSING

Although closing procedures vary from state to state, having an understanding of what may be required at closing and preparing accordingly will help your settlement process go as smoothly as possible.

CLOSING DAY

VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION To help defend against forgery and fraud, state notary laws include requirements that parties signing documents in a real estate transaction to provide acceptable forms of identification.

MOVING CHECKLIST

ALLOW TIME TO ACCLIMATE Once you have arrived in your new location, allow sufficient time for your pet to adjust to the new neighborhood; it could take a few days or a few weeks.

TERMS TO KNOW

Selling your home yourself depends on your personal preferences and how much time and energy you’re willing to invest in your home sale.

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