Typical Questions for Sellers

Question 1: Is there a good time to sell my house?

Property or home sells year round. It is mainly a function of supply and request, as well as other economic aspects. The period of the year you decide on to sell can make a change in the amount of time it requires and the ultimate selling price. Weather circumstances are usually a concern in some states compared to other parts of the country. Typically the real estate market increase in the early springtime.

During the summer season, the market usually retards. The end of July and August are often the slowest months for real estate sales. The high early spring market usually places the upward strain on interest rates, many potential property buyers and REAL ESTATE AGENTS take vacations throughout midsummer.

Right after the summer slowdown, sales activity seems to pick up for a second, despite the fact that less strenuous, season which usually lasts into November. The market then slows down again as potential buyers, sellers and REAL ESTATE AGENTS go for holidays.

The supplies of homes on the market reduce because vendors often speculate whether or not they should take their homes off the market for the holidays. There are still buyers in the marketplace, but now those buyers have fewer homes to choose from. Those homes on the market at that time have substantially fewer competitors. Generally speaking, you will have the greatest benefits if your house is available to show to potential buyers constantly until it sells.

Question 2: Are There Any Significant Factors To Consider When Selling A Home?

Price and condition are the most important factor that should be taken into consideration in marketing a home. The first step is to price it appropriately. Then, go to the house to see if there are any cosmetic problems that can be fixed.

A third factor is an exposure. It is also essential that the home gets the exposure it should get through open houses, broker open houses, advertising, good signage and listing on the local Multiple Listing Service, as well as the internet.

Choose the real estate agents that you think will get the task done, not the one that will estimate the highest price for you- sometimes just to acquire your listing.

Question 3: What Is the Worth of My Home?

There are two procedures a lot of people utilize to identify their homes worth, an appraisal, and a comparative market analysis.

Estimates differ in cost and are defendable in court. They average about $300 for a single family home and more on multi-family residences. Appraisers review several factors and base details on current sales of comparable properties, their location, square footage, construction quality, excess land, views, water frontage and facilities such as garages, number of baths, etc.

A comparative market research, on the other hand, is an informal estimate of market value carried out by a real estate agent. It is dependent on sales and listings that will contend with your property that is comparable in size, style, and location. A variety of values will be decided hence arriving at a probable market worth. Many brokers provide a free analysis anticipating they will have a new client.

The analysis or viewpoint should be in writing and should involve skillfully accepted appraisal procedures.

A few individuals do their cost evaluation. It may take several hours of research at the county recorder’s office, where there will be indexes to match street addresses and parcel numbers. Once matches have chosen a tax card can be used to find the assessed value, size, style, number of rooms, baths, etc.

Question 4: What Exactly Must I Carry Out to Get My House Completely Ready?

The manner you live in a home, and the means you sell a house are two diverse things. First and foremost, “declutter” counter tops, walls, and rooms. A lot of “things” make it hard for the buyer to see their belongings in your rooms or on your walls, however, do not remove everything entirely or it will seem as stark and inhospitable. Then thoroughly clean and make all the rooms eye-catching, furnishings, floors, walls and ceilings. It is mainly essential that the bathroom and kitchen are clean. Make sure the standard home appliances and fixtures work and get rid of leaky taps and frayed cords. Verify that the house smells good: from an apple pie, cookies baking or spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove. Hide the kitty litter, and perhaps set vases of fresh flowers throughout the house. Pleasant background music is also a nice touch.

The second significant thing to consider is “curb appeal.” People driving by a property will determine it from outdoors appearances and make a decision then as to whether or not they want to see the inside. Sweep the pavement, cut the garden, prune the bushes, weed the garden and clean debris from the yard. Clean the windows (both inside and out) and make sure the paint is not chipped or flaking. Also, make sure that the doorbell works.

Question 5: Do I need to make fixes?

Small maintenance before placing the house on the market may lead to a much better sales price. Buyers usually include a contingency “check up” in the buy agreement which enables them to back out if many problems are found. Once the problems are noted, buyers can try to negotiate maintenance or reducing the price with the seller. Any known problems that are not fixed must be revealed as a material defect. You do not have to repair the problem, only reveal it and the house should be appropriately priced for that deficiency.

Question 6: What are my Commitments to Reveal?

Home sellers usually disclose include: home proprietor association fees: whether or not work done on the house meets local building codes and permits requirements; the presence of any neighborhood nuisances or noises which a potential buyer might not notice, such as any limitations on the use of property, including but not limited to zoning laws or association rules.

Question 7: Should I Reveal The Terms Of Other Offers?

It is clever to overview the seller’s written disclosure prior to a home buyer and asks questions if it does not please you entirely.

No, regarding to experts, sellers do not have to disclose the terms of other offers. You may disclose the existence of other offers, so that all parties are aware that they should be submitting their best offer.

Question 8: Are There Standard Contingencies In An Offer?

Yes, the two basic contingencies in a purchase contract are financing and inspections.

Question 9: Must I Be Versatile In Granting Contingencies?

That is frequently depends on if you are in a buyer’s or a seller’s market, the situation of your home, the price you hope to acquire, how inspired you are to sell, as well as the top quality and quantity of the offers you are having.

Any contingencies that are discussed are written into your written agreement. Both the buyer and seller can place requirements on the table during the discussion phase.

A regularly seen contingency is regarding the sale and closing of the buyers home before they can purchase yours. Whether this requirement is reasonable, or even achievable, depends on the individuals involved. Financial abilities usually play a main role in negotiations on prices. Few people can maintain to own two homes together, except for some all-cash buyers.

Question 10: What Should I Do If My House Is Not Getting Activity?

Actually in a slower market, price and condition are the most significant factor that should be taken into consideration in marketing a home. The first step is to price it appropriately. Then, go through the house to see if there are any cosmetic problems that can be fixed.

If a home is not getting the activity it requires in order to sell it is probably because it is expensive for

The second step is to make sure that the home is getting the exposure it should get through open houses, broker open houses, advertising, good signage and a listing on the Multiple Listing Service and the internet.

A third alternative is to remove the home from the market and wait for overall housing circumstances to enhance and catch up to the price you’re asking.

Lastly, discouraged sellers who have no collateral and are forced to sell because of a long term sickness, divorce or financial concerns should discuss a short sale or a deed in lieu of a foreclosure with their mortgage lender and their REALTOR.

A short sale is when the seller finds a buyer for a price that is below the mortgage amount and negotiates the difference with the lender.

In a deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure, the lender agrees to take the house back without instituting foreclosure proceedings. These are considered more radical options than lowering the price.

Question 11: Is it Probable to Sell For Less than My Home Loan?

A “small sale” is for home sellers who are upside down on their mortgage. The home’s worth is less than the volume of the mortgage. A difficulty must occur, then sometimes home proprietors can make a deal with lenders and break up the distinction between the sale price and loan amount, which still must be paid. A short sale is often complex. If the loan has been sold into the secondary market, the lender will have to get authorization from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to negotiate a short sale. Fannie Mae, the secondary market giant, has a policy of looking at each loan individually. If the loan was a low-down-payment mortgage with private mortgage insurance (or PMI), the lender needs to involve the mortgage insurance company that insured the low-down loan. Once all these issues are resolved or negotiated, the house may be purchased

Question 12: How Will A Real Estate Foreclosure Affect My Credit?

Without having a doubt a property foreclosure is one of the most harming events in terms of the borrower’s credit history.

Discussing to the lender who holds the mortgage note on the property might give specific answers as the possible courses of action available to the borrower, as well as to the effects those actions might have on that person’s credit report.

In terms of the effect on credit history, a deed in lieu of foreclosure or a short sale are not as negative events as is the forced foreclosure.

However, even after a foreclosure or bankruptcy, there are lenders who are offering loans over 7-10 years have lapsed. The debtor will have many challenges to get over and will need to provide a good paper trail to the lender proving they are once again credit worthy.

Question 13: Precisely How Long Will a Bankruptcy or Foreclosure Stay On My Credit Report?

Bankruptcy and foreclosures can stay on your credit report for 7 to 10 years. However, there are lenders who will consider a candidate who went through a bankruptcy as recently as two years ago, as long as good credit has been reestablished. Much will depend on when the bankruptcy was discharged and what kind of credit a borrower has reestablished since then. The longer ago the discharge occurred, the better off a loan applicant will be. Another factor considered will be the circumstances surrounding the bankruptcy. If a borrower went through a bankruptcy because his or her company had financial difficulties due to downsizing or merger resulting in job loss, that means one thing to a lender. However, if a borrower went through bankruptcy because of overextended personal credit lines from living beyond their means that quite mean a different thing. If you have additional questions, consult “Rebuild Your Credit: Law Form Kit,” Nolo Press, Berkeley, Calif.

Question 14: Is it Possible to Refinance after Bankruptcy?

Although a good idea, it is usually hard to refinance after a bankruptcy. If you have been striving, but keeping current on your payments, the lender may be helpful. You first need to contact them and explain your situation. They may suggest or perhaps you can recommend a way to work out alternative payments until you recover.

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