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FAQ FOR SELLERS

When should I consider moving?

Phoenix is an amazing place to call home.  Most buyers look to purchase in the Spring months as there is a higher level of inventory, however, with the job market strengthening we are seeing folks purchase year round.  Personally I enjoy listing my client homes in February just before Spring hits.  Yes, there is more competition, which is always good, and this very reason is what helps separate our listings from the pack. Each year, each market is different and can vary significantly.   We will work with you and your schedule to decide when is the best time to get your home on the market. We will provide your community sales to help decide your correct pricing.  We will provide staging recommendations and be there every step of the way to ensure your homes success.

Is a listing agent necessary to sell my home?

A listing agent is not necessary to sell your home.  As the owner, you can price your home, stage it and complete all the paperwork necessary to close escrow.   Keep in mind that FSBO’s (For Sale By Owner) homes account for approximately 8% of all homes that are on the market at any given time.  This means that 92% of all the other homes on the market are listed by state licensed realtors who do this for a living.  Savvy buyers understand the market, especially with all the online tools available, and will research accordingly.  Trying to save money on the front end, more often than not, costs you more money on the back end.   Do yourself the favor and save yourself the headache, hire a good agent who has your best interests at heart.  They will get you the most money for your home and successfully close the sale.

Does marketing my home really set my home apart?

As a business major from Arizona State University and a licensed realtor for over 18 years, I can tell you without question, that if you don’t market your home the chances of selling it diminish to almost 0%.  So yes, marketing your home is a must.  However there is a method to the madness of good marketing strategies and with over 90% of buyers purchasing their home from online searches, we hone in on that very piece. Online marketing is where we shine.  PhoenixHomes.com ranks as one of the highest online websites buyers search for the phoenix market.  We also harness, Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, Redfin and many other sites to maximize your exposure.  Marketing is never done until your home is SOLD.

Are open houses necessary?

We recommend open houses.  Of course we also understand that holding open houses can disrupt your day so we will work around your schedule as best we can.  Open houses work, if they are done correctly.  They need to be advertised and provide quality marketing materials a take away for buyers that we drive to your listing.  Time is of the essence and nothing tells a buyer more that they need to make an offer when they see other buyers going through “their” home.   Yes, open houses are a great way to market your home.

What is a typical time frame to close on my home?

For as long as I have worked in the Phoenix market, the average closing time for a financed home, once we go under contract, is approximately 25-45 days.   Some government programs, such as, VA and FHA loans can take longer.  Cash purchases can be done in less than 2 weeks. Of course there are many factors that go into closing on your home and the close of escrow date is just one factor. Other factors can include, inspections, appraisals and lender paperwork to name a few. Arizona uses independent third party title companies, such as First American Title, that service the transaction between sellers and buyers.

What are typical moving costs?

Moving costs can vary as you figure out what you need to get your home market ready.  Setting a budget will help get your arms around what needs to get done. Focus on repairs and updates that will get your money back.  Most buyers want a turn key home not a home that needs work and most are willing to pay a little more for that convenience.  As a seller you will pay 6% in commissions and can expect closing costs to be around 1% of your sales price.  That 1% includes, minor repairs needed, pro rated taxes, insurances, title policy, recording fees, any outstanding hoa dues and any other miscellaneous fees needed.

Should you decide to use a moving company they can range from $1,000 to $4,000+ depending on how much you have and where you are moving too.

If my agent is doing their job, can I fire them?

Yes. There is nothing more frustrating in my industry than realtors who pretend how to navigate real estate.   This is one of the biggest sales and or purchases you will make in your life, treat it accordingly.  Find an agent that will have your back and will go above and beyond your expectations to secure your sale and or purchase.  The last think you need with everything you have going on, is the added stress of an agent who doesn’t know what they are doing.  We value our clients and will make certain that you are taken care of each step of the way through paperwork negotiation, constant communication, follow up and will always work toward a smooth and successful closing.