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Selling your home with Real Estate Agent

Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

If you’re a homeowner and you’re thinking about selling your home, definitely hire a real estate agent. Although there are websites that will allow you to sell your home without the listing agent, by marketing your home as “for sale by owner” (FSBO). And although you may save some money by not having to pay a fee to the real estate listings brokerage – you may not be doing yourself a great service. It may not be your best move!

Understanding today’s real estate market and knowing how to sell your home for top dollar is not so simple. And it may not be something that many of us are prepared to do. There will be a lot of work in managing the sales process, ;legal work, papers, and in the end saving some money may not be worth it.

So why should you leave it to the pros?

Pricing your home

Real estate agents know best how to price your home. They have access to real statistics and data which allows them to perform a proper market analysis and look at the comparable homes. This is key, if you want to price your home right. This will also determine how fast you’ll sell your home and how much you’re going to get in the end. Don’t just settle for some website to tell you how much your home is valued. It’s a big sale transaction. Hire a professional. You’ll be glad you did.

Sales and marketing strategy

Selling homes takes effort. Not only does your home have to be de-cluttered, presentable and clean, but it also has to be listed, staged, shown to potential buyers etc. A real estate professional will take care of all that and more. They will take lots of good photos, make videos and put together effective home feature sheet. They will list the house on MLS, their own websites and social channels. They will hold open houses, setup for sale signs, do walk-throughs and deal with any positive or negative comments about your home. All this to get your home noticed by a potential buyer and sold for top dollar in a short time.

Negotiating and closing the sale

There is a lot of negotiating, paperwork and legal stuff that has to be done before a home is considered sold. Your agent will understand the process really well, and have experience to avoid common pitfalls. They will have access to a real estate lawyers to carefully review the purchase offers and conditions and offer advice. Your real estate agent will also screen potential buyers, to make sure that your home is going to be sold to someone who actually has the money or is pre-approved by the reputable mortgage lender — before taking the home off the market.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that seller’s agent has to perform. A successful real estate agent usually has a team that coordinates the sale of your home from begging to the end. Also, your agent can also be helping you buy your new home or transition into something else.

Knowing that you’re in the right hands, when we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, is a good feeling. Definitely hire a real estate agent when selling or buying your home. You can’t afford not to!

Thinking of selling your home in Burlington and surrounding area? Call Lori VanDinther, or visit loriv.com to learn more about her home selling services.

What Should I Do Before/After My Closing Day?

When buying or selling a home, the Closing day can be intimidating – so much to do! Here’s a quick checklist for Buyers and Sellers to help take the stress away and make your moving day a GOOD DAY!

Closing Day Tips

If you are selling a home, make sure to do the following:

  • Call the Municipality to cancel your automatic monthly property tax and provide your real estate lawyer with your tax statement.
  • Call the Utility companies to advise of your move and to cancel your accounts and stop automatic debits from your bank account. The meters will be read on your closing day.
  • Call your telephone, cable etc., providers to advise of your move.
  • Call your home insurance provider (you must maintain insurance through your closing day).
  • If you are selling a condominium, call your property management company to cancel the automatic withdrawals of your monthly common element fees/condo fees.

If you are buying a home, make sure to do the following:

  • Instruct your mortgage lender/bank to send your mortgage instructions to your real estate lawyer’s office (We need your mortgage instructions 2 weeks prior to your closing date).
  • Call the Municipality after you move in to set up your automatic property tax withdrawals if you wish to be on monthly payments.
  • Call the Utility companies to advise of your move and to set up your accounts.
  • Call your telephone, cable, etc., providers to advise of your move.
  • Call your home insurance provider. We will need to have your “insurance binder” the day before your closing date.
  • If you are buying a condominium, call your property management company immediately after you move in to set up the automatic withdrawals for your monthly common element fees/condo fees.

If you are selling your home in Burlington, or moving to Burlington and looking to buy a home – contact Lori VanDinther and her team. As a long time residents of Burlington, they are well familiar with all the neighbourhoods, amenities and good locations to either get your first home, start/raise a family or happily retire.

How much is my home in Burlington worth?

Realtor’s Association of Hamilton-Burlington has reported strong sales continuing in October! “The Fall real estate market just keeps going in our area,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “October is often a good month for sales, but it’s not usually this good.”

Weather you’re thinking of selling your Burlington home now or just simply wondering how much your home in Burlington is worth, read on to find out. Also you’ll learn what you can do to increase your home’s value!

Curb Appeal

In today’s market homes that are upgraded, have a modern feel, have plenty of curb appeal and come with all sort of “extra” amenities are, as expected, generally worth more. But what sort of things make my home worth more? After all, some renovations wont’ give you as big of a return on investment as others.

Top items home improvement and renovations that you should check off on your list before you get your home ready for sale!

  1. Upgrade your Kitchen – consider new extended cabinetry and granite countertops, perhaps a kitchen island if space, those are very popular and desired. Make sure the colors go with your flooring.
    Kitchen Upgrades
  2. Bathroom – revamp your bathroom by change those old cabinets with smaller and tall ones, to open up more space. Replace the tub if worn out, let in more light, if possible.
    Bathroom Upgrades
  3. Cut energy costs – do an energy audit and see where you can improve it. Consider solar panels, energy-efficient lightning, insulate windows and doors, ensure furnace/heater/ac are energy-efficient.
  4. Freshly painted walls in neutral light colors! This is a must, and avoid any other colors.
  5. Flooring – make sure you rip out any carpets and put in hardwood floors. This imporvement will be appreciated and increase the value of home, giving it a facelift. Consider oak stairs while you’re at it.
  6. Plumbing & electrical – make sure it all works and is up to code. No loose wires, fault outlets, water leaks, dripping, clogged up air vents, etc.. this is a good indicator of how well you kept up your home
  7. Consider Front exterior aka curb appeal – this is what buyer sees when they first arrive. Having a nice clean lawn makes an excellent impression.

Living Room Upgrades

Stop wondering and start planning! Request your Free Burlington Home Market Evaluation! Courtesy of Lori VanDinther, Burlington’s trusted RE/MAX Sales Representative and leader of Team VanDinther!