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Information for Sellers

It is the one thing that almost everyone does at one point in their lives - sells their home. Although it can be challenging to know the right time to sell, KIKO Real Estate can help.

As asset advisors, KIKO Real Estate can answer all of the questions you have about selling your home. KIKO Real Estate has more than 70 years of experience in the real estate industry, and 60 licensed Realtors who specialize in selling residential homes, premier properties and vacant, recreational and agricultural land. Our agents are professional and dedicated, collaborating with one another to get your home sold. 

Let's begin the home selling process so you can understand how easy and hassle-free KIKO Real Estate agents make it for our valued clients.

Choose a link from the list below, or follow them step-by-step to learn more:

#1 Preparing to Sell your Home

The first question you might want to ask yourself is, "Why do I want to sell my home?" Do you need more space? Are you an empty nester looking for a smaller space? Have you accepted a job in a different part of the country? All of these questions affect the options available to sell your home. 

You may also want to begin making a list of all of the interior and exterior projects that you want to complete before placing your home on the market.

Contacting a KIKO Real Estate Agent will point you in the right direction, too. Our agents have the knowledge and understanding of the industry, the local communities and the buyers. 

#2 So You're Ready to Sell your Home

Assessing your home is key in beginning the home selling process. You may want to ask yourself, "What would I like to see or not see if I were touring this home as a potential home buyer?"

Problems like chipped paint, dirty walls, windows and doors, unfinished remodeling projects and cluttered garages are all areas for home selling improvement. Treat the sale of your home as you would with any day living in your residence. Neat, tidy and organized works!

#3 You're Ready to List

Before you list your home, it is important to do your homework on the real estate companies in your area. Search the Internet for your local real estate companies and meet with agents to discuss your options. 

Here are some typical questions you can ask a real estate agent:

  • How many years of experience do you have in this industry?
  • What is your selling experience in my community?
  • What options do you have for selling my home? 
  • What professional certifications do you hold (ex. Certified Residential Specialist–CRS)?
  • What services will you provide for me as my agent?
  • How will you represent my property?
  • Can you provide a market analysis for my property?
  • How will you determine the price of my home?
  • What is the fee for your services?
  • Can you explain the paperwork that I will need to sign?
  • What is the timeframe for listing my property with you?

#4 Determining Property Value

There are a number of factors that go into determining the value of a home.

  • It is realistic to compare the homes in your area and the asking prices of those homes.
  • The law of supply and demand always comes into play. Do you live in an area with increasing job opportunities or an increasing supply of homes?
  • Owners' needs greatly impact the selling price of a home. Do you need a quick sale or do you have time to sit on your sale?
  • The selling price is not cut and dry. On many occasions, the seller will negotiate the price, split closing costs or offer different allowances to the buyer to make the sale of the home complete.

Only a qualified KIKO Real Estate agent can provide a fair market analysis of the homes for sale in your area. A Market Analysis is usually free and without obligation. For more information on how to receive a FREE Market Analysis that will help you properly determine the value of your home, click here to contact us here.

#5 Marketing Your Home

There are a number of different ways that an agent can drive traffic to view your home:

  • Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
  • Open Houses
  • Websites/Social Media - KIKO websites average nearly 1 million monthly page views. 
  • Print Advertising
  • Professional Signage 
  • Exclusive KIKO Real Estate Marketing strategies, including our custom KIKO Press publication, high-quality photography and drone videos. 

#6 Selling Your Home

The Offer

An acceptable offer depends on many different things:

  • Is the proposed offer near the asking price?
  • The timeframe of the seller – Does the seller have another house payment? Insurance?
  • Does the owner have enough time to wait for the agent to bring them more potential buyers?
  • What if the home is listed and never receives a single offer?
  • What if several offers are received at the same time?

The Counter-Offer

When potential buyers are searching for a home, they can respond in three different ways to the seller(s):

  1. This home is not what we were looking for. We are not interested in the property.
  2. We are interested in the home and we will purchase the property on the buyer's terms per the real estate agreement.
  3. We are interested in the home, but here is our counter-offer for the property.

Negotiating

This negotiating process can at times seem very complicated. However, the right KIKO Real Estate agent can make it hassle-free.

During the negotiating process of the sale of a home, the seller can react in one of three different ways:

  1. Accept the buyer's proposed offer
  2. Decline the buyer's offer
  3. Make a new counter-offer

#7 Saying Goodbye To Your Home

The closing process is always changing. It is even referred to as "settlement" or "escrow" in different parts of the county. With increased technology, most closings are completely automated and both parties do not have to be present at the same time to sign.

Closings usually take about 30 days to complete. This mainly depends on the buyer's financing availability, successful home inspection completion, and various lender conditions (ex. title search, title insurance, termite inspections, surveys and appraisals).

The closing process is the transfer of the property title from the seller to the buyer. KIKO Real Estate has a full service closing department to coordinate this process.

The buyer will receive the keys to the home or the deed to the land, while the seller receives payment for the property. The amount the seller receives is based upon the amount that is still owed on the mortgage, any outstanding fees or taxes and any additional closing costs. All legal papers are filed with the local record office. It's important for both the buyer and seller to make sure the paperwork they are signing reflects the agreement of the original sale.

#8 Surviving the Move

Moving can be one of the most emotional times in your life. The thrill of something new … new career, a new neighborhood, a new home. While this may sound great to some people, for others, these changes can be an emotional rollercoaster.

The key to surviving your move is to first analyze the situation. You may want to ask yourself this question, "What does my move entail?" "Will I be moving across the country or just down the block?" "Could I handle the move myself, provided I have the right packing materials and friends to help?" Or "Do I need to explore the option of hiring a professional moving company?"

There are many resources out there. You may want to consult your KIKO Real Estate agent for guidance or refer to our Moving Checklist for more information.

#9 Hiring A Moving Company

If you plan on hiring a moving company, you might want to do some research first. Our Moving Guide offers great information for those researching the possibility of hiring a mover.

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