Selling Your Home?

01. Define your needs.

Write down all the reasons for selling your home, and what your needs are for the new home. What size home, what part of town, how many bedrooms and bathrooms, type of home, type of yard and neighborhood etc.. The more defined the better we will be able to move quickly in a market where "the good ones go fast."

making a list

02. Name your price.

Your next objective should be to determine the best possible selling price for your house. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. You will need to take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and state of the overall market in your area. It's often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so your real estate agent's expertise is invaluable at this step. Honeycomb Realty will know what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood and the average time those homes are sitting on the market. If you want a truly objective opinion about the price of your home, you could have an appraisal done. This typically costs a few hundred dollars. Remember: You're always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell. If your home sits on the market for too long, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property. Often, when this happens, the seller has to drop the price below market value to compete with newer, reasonably priced listings.

Local market forces play a big part in home prices

03. 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.

A home with too much "personality" is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos and personalized decor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs.
Make minor repairs and replacements. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer's first impression.
Clutter is a big no-no when showing your home to potential buyers. Make sure you have removed all knick-knacks from your shelves and cleared all your bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.

Neat and clean house interior

04. Get the word out.

Now that you're ready to sell, the Honeycomb Realty Team will set up a marketing strategy specifically for your home. There are many ways to get the word out, including:

The Internet
Yard signs
Open houses
Media advertising
Agent-to-agent referrals
Direct mail marketing campaigns

In addition to listing your home on the MLS,Honeycomb Realty will take full advantage of placing your home of Zillow, Trulia and many more home search sites.

Get the message out

05. Receive an offer.

When you receive a written offer from a potential buyer, Honeycomb Realty will first find out whether or not the individual is preapproved to buy your home. If so, we will then review the proposed contract, taking great care to understand the contract and if it meets your needs and what is required of both parties to execute the transaction. The contract, though not limited to this list, should include the following:

Legal description of the property
Offer price
Down payment
Financing arrangements
List of fees and who will pay them
Deposit amount
Inspection rights and possible repair allowances
Method of conveying the title and who will handle the closing
Appliances and furnishings that will stay with the home
Settlement date

At this point, you have three options: accept the contract as is, accept it with changes (a counteroffer), or reject it. Remember: Once both parties have signed a written offer, the document becomes legally binding.

Money in an envelope

06. Negotiate to sell.

Most offers to purchase your home will require some negotiating to come to a win-win agreement. The Honeycomb Realty Team is well versed on the intricacies of the contracts used in Tennessee and will protect your best interest throughout the bargaining. The Honeycomb Realty Team also knows what each contract clause means, what you will net from the sale and what areas are easiest to negotiate. Some negotiable items:

Closing costs
Appliances and fixtures
Move-in date

Once both parties have agreed on the terms of the sale, we will assist i the execution of the contract every step of the way.

Sitting down at a table

07. 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. Honeycomb Realty will spearhead the effort and serve as your advocate when dealing with the buyer's agent and service providers. Depending on the written contract, you may pay for all, some or none of these items. If each procedure returns acceptable results as defined by the contract, then the sale may continue. If there are issues with the home, the terms set forth in the contract will dictate your next step. You or the buyer may decide to walk away, open a new round of negotiations or proceed to closing. Important reminder: A few days before the closing, you will want to contact the entity that is closing the transaction and make sure the necessary documents will be ready to sign on the appropriate date. Also, begin to make arrangements for your upcoming move, an exciting new chapter awaits!

Double checking everything

08. Close the deal.

"Closing" refers to the meeting where ownership of the property is legally transferred to the buyer. We will be present during the closing to guide you through the process and make sure everything goes as planned. By being present during the closing, we can mediate any last-minute issues that may arise. In some states, an attorney is required and you may wish to have one present. Some items to remember just prior to closing include:

Cancel electricity, gas, lawn care, cable and other routine services.
If the new owner is retaining any of the services, change the name on the account.
Gather owner's manuals and warranties for all conveying appliances.

Binders of paperwork