Whether you are relocating, downsizing, upsizing, or anything in between, the team at Pat’s Realty is ready to help you sell. Let’s get started!
How We Help Sell Your Home
For more than 35 years, Pat’s Realty, Inc., has been helping people sell their homes. We understand the selling process and have designed customized marketing tools to assist you in differentiating your home from others in your area. Our friendly and professional agents will guide you through the selling process. Our Realtors will be able to expertly assess your home or property value so your return will be optimized.
When choosing a real estate agent, it’s important to make sure they understand the market, have a plan on marketing your home and getting you the best buyer possible, use proper pricing strategies, use their experience to help with staging and preparing your home to sell, have excellent negotiation techniques and a great reputation in the community and are able to handle unforeseen difficulties that may arise. At Pat’s, we pride ourselves in tailoring our services to the needs of each individual client. All our agents are able to handle anything and we work together as a team to make sure you transactions go smoothly and are on time. Everyone is different and every situation has its own challenges. We take the time to get to know you, your expectations and make sure to give you the best experience possible.
Your Home’s Current Value
We know that buying and selling a property can sometimes seem daunting, but we are here to help guide you through the process. Over the years we have learned many things and want to share our insights with you. Here are a few resources we hope will help you navigate the real estate process.
Step-by-Step Guide to Selling Your House
“How to Sell a House in 7 Steps ”
Selling your house and moving is a big transition to make, but it doesn’t need to be a stressful experience. Learn how to sell a house the right way with these seven easy steps!
1. Find a knowledgeable real estate agent.
Real estate agents are a dime a dozen. That’s why you don’t need just any agent. You need the right agent to sell your house the best way. Find someone who will super-serve you, negotiate the best deal, and sell your house fast! As tempting as it is to have a relative, a friend from church or your cousin’s husband’s buddy help you, always stick with a vetted professional who has experience and can sell your home for the most money in the shortest amount of time!
Can I sell my house myself?
Look, everybody loves saving money, and selling solo can seem like a great way to do just that. But is For Sale by Owner (FSBO) really all it’s cracked up to be? First of all, if you really want to sell your home—especially if you’re wondering how to sell your home fast—you need to get it in front of buyers—and lots of them. This is where an agent comes in handy.
An experienced real estate agent will give your home a much-needed online presence through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which will expose it to thousands of potential buyers. Even if it feels like homes are flying off the market in your area, that’s even more reason to have a pro by your side who knows how to get you the best deal no matter how many crazy offers, home showings or open houses come your way. Plus, an agent will develop a targeted strategy to market your house to their extensive network of buyers and agents.
Can you save a lot of money by going FSBO? Not really. Even when you sell your home yourself, you still have to pay a commission to the buyer’s agent. You’d only save the commission on one side of the transaction.
A great agent will more than make up for that cost. Consider this: The latest National Association of Realtors data shows that the average home sold by an agent last year brought in $242,000.1 In contrast, the average FSBO home went for $217,000.2 That’s a $25,000 difference!
Consider this: The latest National Association of Realtors data shows that the average home sold by an agent last year brought in $242,000.1 In contrast, the average FSBO home went for $217,000.2 That’s a $25,000 difference!
Trust us—working with a great real estate agent helps you get the most money for your home.
2. Price your home to sell.
3. Set a home-selling timeline.
- Interview real estate agents: Take time to find a pro who has a proven track record and confidence to boot.
- Outline a plan: Work with your agent to set priorities so you can focus on finishing one task at a time.
- Declutter: Decide what you can live without until your home sells. Then pack it up and get it out!
- Hire a home inspector: Identifying issues early in the home-selling process lets you work the cost of repairs into your budget on the front end so they don’t wreck your deal later.
- Tackle repairs: Ask your agent where your fix-it dollars will do the most good.
- Set the stage: Create an inviting space that lets buyers see your house as their own.
- Deep clean: Scrub every surface until it shines. Hire a pro to make carpets and rugs look—and smell—new again.
- Apply finishing touches: Get your home picture-perfect so your photographer can capture it in the best possible condition.
5. Stage your house and get it ready for potential buyers.
- Stay organized. Again, a tidy home is non negotiable. Channel your inner Snow White and whistle while you work if you have to. Just clean up the place.
- Add extra touches. A pair of decorative pillows or a few green plants will add life to any room.
- Clear the counters. Throw your juicer and blender in the kitchen cabinet. The same goes for your bathrooms. Pitch those personal items in a drawer to keep them out of sight.
- Add more lighting. Bright rooms make your home look bigger. Open the curtains, pull up the blinds, and let the sunshine in! In spaces that don’t get much natural light, a well-placed lamp can make a big difference!
- Go easy on the rugs. Rugs generally don’t photograph well, and they can make your space look smaller. Your agent can help you decide which rugs can stay and which ones should go.
- Put a lid on it. Your toilet, that is. Friends don’t let friends leave the lid up during a nice photo shoot.
- Don’t forget to stage outdoors too. Clean your front porch and place nice planters near your entryway. If you have a deck, pressure wash it and add plants to give the space some life.
6. List your home and survive the showings.
- Make a daily to-do list. Reduce last-minute panic by putting things away as soon as you’re done with them and creating a checklist of simple tasks to knock out before you leave every morning.
- Find a place for your pets during showings. Leaving pets home for showings can get messy, and a yap-happy dog is just plain annoying. Take the fur babies for a joyride or send them to Grandma’s house so buyers can focus on your home.
- Try to be flexible. If you want to make a deal, you’ve got to give buyers time and space to fall in love with your home. Be flexible about scheduling showings, and don’t make buyers step around you—or your feelings—when they visit.
- Tackle the toys. Paring down the piles of plastic is a tough task, but it sure does make cleanup a breeze. Ask your kids to choose a few favorite toys to keep in their rooms, and then store the rest in bins.
7. Negotiate the contract and close.
- Purchase price
- Closing or escrow date
- Special allowances for personal property, home improvements and closing costs
- Contingency deadlines for the home inspection, appraisal and buyer financing
- Additional contingencies such as the sale of the buyer’s current home
- Don’t wait until the last minute to pack.
- Communicate with your buyer.
- Keep your home insurance up to date until you’ve signed the dotted line.
- Make a list of what to bring on closing day.
- Remain flexible because delays can, and will, happen.
Here’s how we can help you sell your home
Free, No Obligation, Home Valuation and Market Analysis
Complimentary Home Staging Consultation
Marketing/ Digital Advertising
Targeted digital marketing on Facebook is something we do over and beyond what your typical real estate firm will do. We can place enticing ads in front of likely home buyers and current homeowners within a certain number of miles from your home. This helps to create a ‘buzz’ and gives your home added exposure and increases the likelihood that your home will sell fast and at a higher price. We also create beautiful brochures to be placed in your residence for potential buyers to take with them to remember your wonderful home. These can include many of the small details which sometimes can be important to buyers like an updated roof, new furnace, remodeled kitchen; things that are attractive to buyers and point out the special details of your property.
Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
Syndication Across Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia, Redfin, etc.
Your Home Listing Placed on Local Real Estate Company Websites
Eye-Catching For Sale Sign
Central Showing Service
We use a centralized service called “Showing Time” to help arrange showings of your home. Buyers agents go through the portal to request appointments to see your home based on the instructions you give us. We can also track your home’s showings and feedback. We know that letting people into your home can sometimes cause an uneasy feeling. This is why we use electronic lockboxes that track every person that enters and how long they are there. This is an added level of safety for you as well as a professional means of entry for those with appointments.
We want you to feel confident throughout your selling process. We are here to make sure you understand the next steps and what to expect. For us, transaction management is more than just paperwork. We make sure the title of your property is transferred seamlessly to the new owner. We work closely with local and trusted title companies that help to facilitate the transfer, taking one less thing off your plate.