A Seller’s Guide to Oakville Homes for Sale
Your satisfaction and happiness are important to me as the leader of the Wilma Fournier Team. As a seasoned REALTOR®, I understand how hectic it is to sell a house and how difficult it can be if it’s not handled properly. To help you through the process of putting up Oakville homes for sale, I’ve put together five simple steps:
Step 1: Decide to Sell
When you sell, you want to get as much value as you can for your home, whether you’re a first-time buyer or a veteran of home sales. So, consider the timing. You don’t want to sell when it’s a “buyer’s market,” meaning when there are too many homes and not enough buyers. For your information, more homes are sold in the spring rather than the winter.
Also, increase the value by enhancing the appeal. Renovate, remodel, or freshen up. The two most attractive areas to potential home buyers are the kitchen and the master bathroom. Even just a few small tweaks to these areas can drastically increase your home’s appeal.
I recommend a home inspection to prove the value of your home. Most buyers ask for one anyway, so do it ahead of time and impress them. And, it gives you a chance to prevent surprises and make any repairs needed. Now you’re ready to put up the sale sign!
Now you’re ready for the for sale sign!
Step 2: Hire an Agent
There are thousands of real estate agents, so how do you choose one that’s right for you?
You have to pick carefully as you need someone to look out for your best interests. Here’s what to look for in a REALTOR®:
Read reviews from past clients and see what they have to say. Good REALTORS® will have many, and you can often talk directly to their clients.
Meet them in person at your home. Ask questions about what they can do for you. Do they offer free staging? Expert staging is essential to get potential buyers interested in your home.
Ask your potential agent for their performance statistics. For example, you should know what their average sales cycle is versus the competition, or what is their sold price versus listing price ratio?
Find out if they offer any “'extra” services and what sets them apart from the competition? You don't want to be just a transaction to them.
Step 3: List your Home
Now that you’ve found the perfect real estate agent, have them list your home. A report on market data is compiled to value your home based on real estate prices in your area.
Now, it’s time for your agent to market your home through various media outlets and listing sites to create strong buyer interest. This is followed by open house appointments to showcase the potential of your home to various individuals.
Step 4: Receive an Offer
Not all offers are equal, and that’s where your real estate agent comes in. They help you get to know the terms and conditions about the offer, as well as financing conditions and inclusions and exclusions.
Look carefully at the offer, as well as other details included in the sale. Appliances, chandeliers, or even minor renovations can also be part of the deal. Shorter or longer closing dates can also be specified. When there is something you don’t agree with, counter offers or negotiations help you to get what you want.
Step 5: Close the Sale
There are closing costs -- such as mortgage application fees, inspections, and legal fees --associated with the sale that need to be paid either by or on the closing date. But, once that’s taken care of, you can pass your old keys to the new owners. Congratulations. You’ve officially sold your house!
Contact us today to talk with our team about selling your home. Our company proudly serve home buyers and sellers in Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Milton, and Hamilton, Ontario.