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Decide to Sell

So you have decided to sell your property. Before anything else, it is a good idea to sit down and clarify your motivations and draw up a basic time frame for the selling process.

Why Sell?

Why do you want to sell your property? Do you intend to simply find a larger property, or do you plan on moving to another neighborhood, school district, city or state? You might think your reasons are obvious, but it would do well to consider the implications of each option for your lifestyle, opportunities, and finances. Being clear about your intentions for selling will make it easier for us to determine the most appropriate option for your specified financial, lifestyle, and real estate goals.

When Should I Sell?

You should immediately establish your time frame for selling. If you need to sell quickly, we can speed up the process by giving you a complete market analysis and action plan to obtain all of your goals. If there is no pressing need to sell immediately, you can sit down with one of our expert real estate agents to thoroughly review the current market conditions and find the most favorable time to sell.

What Is The Market Like?

When you work with us, you can be sure that you will have our knowledge, expertise and negotiating skills at work for you to arrive at the best market prices and terms. We will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and conditions of competing properties. With us, you will know exactly how to price and when to sell your property.

How Do I Optimize My Finances?

Deciding to sell your property demands a serious consideration of your current financial situation and future possibilities. With the help of our qualified agents, you will be able to effectively assess the cumulative impact of these changes, estimate potential proceeds of selling your property, and plan effective tax savings and estate planning strategies. We will ensure that you not only take control of your finances, but use them to their fullest potential.

Home sellers

Work with Matthew Curry to gain an upper hand when selling your Northern Colorado home. With Matthew’s keen understanding of real estate market trends in communities like Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor, you can earn top dollars for your property while enjoying a smooth and stressfree transaction.

Start learning about the home selling process with these guide topics:

A step-by-step guide to selling your home

  1. Decide on your goals

    Think of your primary objective or motivation for selling. Do you want to sell immediately, or are you willing to wait for the “best” offer?

  2. Prepare the property for selling

    Before putting your house on the market, clean up the house and get any necessary repair work done. Do these early so you can get an accurate price estimate for the property. Addressing structural problems also helps you prevent delays when you’re trying to close the sale.

    Consider hiring a staging professional to make your house appear even more attractive in online listings and other marketing materials.

  3. Price accurately

    Home sellers can fall into the trap of overestimating the value of their home because of sentimental bias. Avoid this by setting an attractive asking price instead, based on an accurate and objective assessment of the property. This strategy tends to prove more productive, especially in coveted neighborhoods. High demand can turn into a bidding war that can boost the price of your final sale.

  4. Create a marketing plan

    Working closely with your Realtor, create a marketing plan to keep you on track of your selling goals. Get advice on critical yet often overlooked matters like the best timing to make your listing public. Your agent will also create effective advertising and marketing materials that will grab attention in your local market.

  5. Review multiple offers

    It’s easy to get excited with the earliest offers, so work with an agent to maintain an objective point of view. Review the contingencies specified in each offer to make sure you avoid any surprise concessions toward the close of the sale.

  6. Prepare for escrow

    You will enter escrow as soon as you accept an offer. Your role at this stage is to allow appraisers and inspectors to access your home and to address any issues that they may raise. The sooner you fix any problems that an inspection might surface, the sooner you can finalize your deal.

  7. Close the deal

    When all contingencies are satisfied, escrow ends and the sale can be finalized.

Expert advice for home sellers

  • Think like a buyer

    Look at your house from the perspective of your buying market. Instead of highlighting qualities of your home that you personally like or enjoy, think of what an interested buyer would want in it to convince them to buy it.

  • Stick to modest and cost-effective repairs and renovations

    Simple cosmetic tweaks work best to make your home sellable. Repaint walls in a neutral color. Fix leaky faucets. Replace damaged flooring and bathroom tiles. Small changes like these are easier to recoup, whereas larger projects can be both expensive and time-consuming.

  • Maximize the internet

    Use the internet’s ubiquity to your advantage. Create attractive, detailed listings and advertisements for posting online. Maximize exposure for your listing using your social media accounts.

  • Factor the home selling commission into your financial plans

    When you successfully sell your home with the help of a real estate professional, your agent will receive a percentage of the sale price as a commission. In Colorado, real estate commission is typically 6 percent of the total price, although this may vary depending on the conditions of the real estate market at the time of the sale.

For expert professional services that will lead you to a rewarding home sale, contact Northern Colorado real estate specialist Matthew Curry. Call him at (970) 889-0307 or send an email to matt(at)welcometonoco(dotted)com for your inquiries.