THERE'S SELLING, THEN THERE'S SELLING WITH ME
Evan Smeenge - Chief Real Estate Advisor
Evan Smeenge is an exceptional Chicagoland real estate agent who aims to make transactions fun, inviting, and seamless for everyone involved. Evan has cultivated a deep understanding of the buying, selling, and local marketing processes that guarantee a positive experience for every one of his clients.
If you do decide to list your home by yourself, here are a couple tips:
The strategy for marketing your home is as unique as the home itself. If I were to take your listing, this is the minimum tasks I'd do:
The other tasks I'd do to market your home rely on speaking to you about preferences, timeline, and expectations.
Pricing right the first time is the MOST important aspect of selling. You already know this. Here is a tip for pricing if you decide to list yourself:
Pricing is an art just as much as it is a science. Be sure to use the most appropriate comparable sales. Your neighborhood may be the only location you can look. Perhaps your neighbor sold for $500,000, that might be the right price, but there may be some aspects that you aren't seeing (was it cash, how long did it list, did they do a reno that you didn't see?)
When pricing your home, I use everything you already know about your neighborhood and the comparable sales you would have used. I just dig a little deeper into the situation of that sale.
Additionally, I take into account the updates you've made and the time of year we are considering listing. Further, I consider how fast you need/want to sell. Want to sell fast? Well, that might require a lower list price.
Regardless, we communicate, discuss, and research to come to the best price.
If you are going to list yourself, here are some tips on prepping your home to list:
If you have me list your home, we talk about all the items that I mention on the left. But I also offer some help with that. Scheduling, planning, advice on what to fix, advice on if you need to declutter or clean, advice on staging, and so much more.
You have someone that is an expert in perception helping you present your pride and joy to the world.
The process of prepping, listing, and ultimately selling your home is as unique as the home is. There isn't a one stop shop for getting a house sold. Markets shift, design preferences fade, but what wont fade is the experience and expertise that I bring to the table and the care that you've put into the house you are moving on from.
Let's join together to get you on to your next adventure.
What's the plan, stan?
Planning is more a natural stage in the listing process. You've already come to the understanding of your next step. Are you retiring, is your family growing, are you relocating? All of these tend to happen to us without control. That's ok.
To prepare your home to list on the MLS, you should first focus on making it as appealing as possible to potential buyers. This may include decluttering, depersonalizing, and doing some minor repairs or updates. Some specific things to consider include:
I mean, this is a pretty straightforward stage. I put it live in the MLS.
One thing to be ready for is showings. They'll start coming in, so you'll need to get your butts out so buyers feel free to roam, see, and experience your home.
I said above that the strategy of marketing your home is as unique as your home. Well, this is where we implement the strategy that we've created. I've already started things off in the prep stage, but this is when the fire starts burning.
I like to say that a deal happens when both parties feel they've won. However, I think the better way to see this is, both parties should feel they lost a little. If someone is comfortable, the other side is not.
Remember, BOTH parties need to come together to make a deal happen. That is negotiation. Period.
At closing, the sale of a property in Illinois is finalized and the title to the property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. The closing process typically involves the following steps:
Signing closing documents: The seller and buyer will need to sign various legal documents, such as the sales contract and the title transfer documents, to complete the sale.
Paying closing costs: The buyer will pay closing costs, which may include things like title insurance, lender's fees, and real estate agent commissions. The seller may also be responsible for paying some closing costs, such as transfer taxes.
Transferring the title: Once the closing documents have been signed and the closing costs have been paid, the title to the property will be transferred from the seller to the buyer. This is typically done by a title company or attorney.
Disbursing funds: The funds from the sale of the property will be disbursed to the appropriate parties, such as the lender (if the buyer has a mortgage), the real estate agents (if applicable), and the seller.
Recording the sale: The sale will be recorded with the local county clerk's office, which will update the official records to reflect the new ownership of the property.
It's important to note that it is advisable to hire a real estate attorney to help you with the closing process, especially if you are unsure of the process and the legal documents that will be involved.
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With an exceptional real estate experience, The Smeenge Group aims to make transactions fun, inviting, and seamless for everyone involved. We had cultivated a deep understanding of the buying, selling, and local marketing processes that guarantee a positive experience for every one of our clients.