Remember when you first bought your home? How excited you were to move in and make it yours? Those are memories you’ll never forget.
Whether you’re moving to a new city, upsizing, downsizing, or simply ready for a change, keep those feelings in mind as you prepare your home for sale, because you want prospective buyers to feel the same way when they look at your house.
Buying and selling a home at the same time can be complicated, and it comes with tricky timing challenges. Unless you have enough cash, raising the money for a down payment may be hard while your equity is still connected to your current home. Moreover, if you sell your home before buying, you may have nowhere to go after the sale closes.
When it’s time to sell your home, you’re naturally going to want to sell it as quickly as you can, and for the highest price you can get. And in a tight real estate market when other homeowners are trying to do the same it can help to stage your home to help set yourself apart.
Real estate is not property rights. All of the theorizing about how property rights work that actually matters in real estate was done in the 1200s. You can find it all written down on the Magna Carta. There has not been innovation in that realm of thinking for centuries.
For homeowners getting ready to sell their homes, what can or should you do to get your home ready to list? On today’s episode, John and Beth are talking with Jill Elliott, a Broker Associate with over 10 years of experience in all aspects of real estate. Jill brings her realtor experience to share tips on what homeowners can do to list a home. She also shares stories of her experiences and suggestions from her own client’s journeys through real estate sales. Jill offers advice on how to work with a real estate agent in your area and her own suggestions on how to market a home and move through the process more easily when selling a home.
IN THIS EPISODE:
[02:21] How to get your home ready for sale.
[03:39] How to get older homes ready for sale.
[05:00] Is there certain maintenance you should do before you contact a real estate agent or before you list your home?
[06:20] How important is curb appeal and staging a home?
[10:47] How to set financial expectations for listing a home.
[15:36] How to find the right real estate agent.
[19:19] Why a house might not close; tips for planning a home inspection, and parting advice from Jill.
The first thing to do when deciding to sell your home is let go and let the process happen. Respect the process, be flexible and make changes suggested by your realtor.
Things to be aware of when selling or buying a home are the roof and foundation, plumbing, windows and electrical.
How do you find the right real estate agent? Find one that you trust. Not that you like, but one that you trust.
Jill Elliott is a Broker Associate with @properties Dallas and brings over 10 years of experience in all aspects of real estate. She has consistently been a top producer in the DFW area, receiving yearly Circle of Excellence awards. Before becoming a full time REALTOR, Jill was a radio personality for 22 years in several cities around the country including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Columbia, Augusta and Atlanta. This may seem a strange transition but her former career allowed her to work with so many different people and charitable organizations that a real estate career was a natural fit for her. Jill has a podcast – For The Love of Real Estate on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and others. She is a big fan of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She is a member of the MetroTex Board of Realtors and the National Association of REALTORs. Jill is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and lives with her wonderful family and dog Stella on the shores of Lake Lewisville.