Steps to selling your home:

  1. Define your needs. Write down all the reasons for selling your home. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?”
      • Growing family = larger home
      • Job opportunity = relocation
    • Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.
  2. Determine the best possible selling price for your house. Setting a fair asking price from the get-go will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers.
    • Take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes are in your neighborhood, and state of the market in your area.
  3. Prepare your home. Most of us don’t keep our homes in “showroom” condition. We tend to overlook piles of boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or windows that stick. It’s time to break out of that owner’s mindset and get your house in tip-top shape.
    • The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to offer.
    • First impressions are the most important.
  4. Get the word out. Now that you’re ready to sell, we will set up a marketing strategy specifically for your home.
    • Ackerman Properties has a wide variety of marketing materials and networks to sell your home quickly.
  5. Receive an offer. When we receive a written offer from a potential buyer, we will review the offer and communicate whether or not the contract is acceptable; and if it is the best for your needs and objectives.
    • Remember: Once both parties have signed a written offer, the document becomes legally binding. If you have any questions or concerns, do not be afraid to address them with our team – the selling process is a transparent process when you list with Ackerman Properties.
  6. Negotiate to sell. Most offers to purchase your home will require some negotiating to come to a win-win agreement.
    • We are highly trained to negotiate all the details of a purchase agreement. When working with us, you will know we want what is in your best interest.
  7. Prepare to close. Once you accept an offer to sell your house, you will need to make a list of all the things you and your buyer must do before closing.
    • The property may need to be formally appraised, surveyed, inspected or repaired. Our team will serve as your advocate when dealing with the buyer’s agent and service providers. At this stage in the process, more negotiations may be necessary.
  8. Close the deal. “Closing” refers to the meeting where ownership of the property is legally transferred to the buyer.
    • Roger Ackerman – Lead Real Estate Agent of Ackerman Properties will be present during the closing to guide you through the process and make sure everything goes as planned.