Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.
What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your realtor once you choose one so he or she can adjust your selling price accordingly.
Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.
If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.
I will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. My team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.
Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.
Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your agent.
You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. I will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.
You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your realtor to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.
Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.
Alan helped us purchase our first home. As first-time homeowners, we didn't have any experience with the home buying process. He was a great expert who made the entire process seamless. Although we had a couple of small hiccups during the closing, Alan was always ahead of this to make sure they are resolved fast in order not to delay the closing. We end up closing earlier than expected and he even found us a tenant for the second unit within a week of closing. He knows the Boston real estate market really well and we will definitely work with him in the future as well.— Emin
As a first time homebuyer, Alan was extremely helpful and available to answer any of our questions as they came up. Alan is knowledgeable about the Boston market and put emphasis on properties that were good values. He is confident and able to win a tight bid which made me at ease during the offering process. I couldn’t recommend a better agent!— Nancy M
Alan was extremely helpful every step of the way. He did a great job of going to bat for us to get everything we wanted. Would 100% recommend going through Alan if you are looking for property.— Ryan A
As a first time homebuyer, I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am to have had Alan with me every step of the way. He truly cares about his clients and making sure they are happy. He listened to what my needs were and selected great properties that met all the criteria I was looking for. He knows the market and was able to offer strategic advice to ensure my offer was accepted. He’s gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the process went smoothly from offer to close. If you are in the market to buy/sell, you are missing out if you’re not using Alan!— Jess S
Alan was more than helpful in finding my new condo in Dorchester and helped find me tenants for my prior apartment! He was extremely honest, upfront, and was able to find me a great condo that fit my needs and was within the price range. He was extremely communicative and easy to reach to answer any of our questions at all times. Alan was wonderful to work with and it honestly felt like I had a friend on the "inside" working for me. He really takes the time to understand your needs (family, neighborhood, investment, etc.) and comes prepared with multiple options allowing you to see the full spectrum of potential. Looking forward to working with Alan...— Kristen C
Alan was incredibly helpful throughout the process, from figuring out what my necessities are versus the nice to haves, to identifying neighborhoods to look in, all the way through close. As a first-time homebuyer, this process was completely new to me, but he helped me get ahead with lists of questions to ask for showing, a checklist of key dates to consider, etc. He really helped take a look of mystery out of the homebuying process.— Ryan T
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Erik is a great! He makes the process of finding an apartment very easy. He helps walk you through each step of the process and takes time to call and ask questions. He was very helpful in my search for an apartment and did an excellent job with I just signed off on a rental with Erik in Back Bay Boston and had a brilliant experience throughout the whole process. He was very considerate and flexible in finding a time to show the apartment. When we were at the apartment he showed me all the details, had me do a nice check all around both in the apartment and the building. After that, he was very responsive and clear on the next steps in the process. ...— Bryan O.
Brett helped me in renting an amazing studio in Back Bay. I initially found the apartment listing on Craigslist and shortly thereafter was able to set up an appointment to see the studio. Brett was very flexible with scheduling and patient with my questions. He also was very observant and proactive, noticing a need for repairs and contacting the landlords about it, without me needing to do anything. The application process was pretty straightforward and went smoothly. Once I was approved, Brett handled many of the logistics around move-in with the landlords. He was communicative about details I needed to know and again, was great about answering my ...— Mehreen I.
Brett is great. We worked with him to rent our beautiful new apartment in the south end. He has a different vibe than the other Realtors® we met with to see other places. He's super casual or chills millennial shows up on a bike but it's refreshing! And he's legitimate. Responsive and understanding to your needs. He will go back to the owner with any of your questions. He showed us 3 great apartments that we really liked. I'm not sure what other types of listings he has, but we're young professionals (30 yo) looking for 1 bedroom in the South end. And he's flexible (like when I was super late to meet him to give him the check) and he gave us an awes...— Lindsay W.
I just signed off on a rental with Erik in Back Bay Boston and had a brilliant experience throughout the whole process. He was very considerate and flexible in finding a time to show the apartment. When we were at the apartment he showed me all the details, had me do a nice check all around both in the apartment and the building. After that, he was very responsive and clear on the next steps in the process. Above all that, he is a great person to talk with, it didn't feel like a formal transaction, he was very relatable and made me feel comfortable.— Furkan C.
Brett assisted me in renting an apartment in the South End I was in the process of moving up to Boston from New York and he was so helpful! I had a few packages that were arriving before I actually moved in and he even dropped by and moved those large packages into my new place. Brett was extremely responsive in answering my questions and ensuring that I had all the important information I would need.— Sherill G.
From start to finish, Brett was professional, prompt, responsive, and honest. Compared to 5 other Realtors® who gave us the run-around, We found an awesome 1 bedroom in the south end for a very reasonable price. Brett is the only Realtor® to use if you want to live in the south end and will happily use him again when we are ready to buy a home.— KW R.
Brett was transparent and responsive throughout our entire apartment hunt. He had helpful answers to all our questions and even offered his own tips to make sure we would be as happy as possible in our new place. He truly went above and beyond to help us make the right decision and give us all the information we needed to do so.— Victor D.
Huge fan of Brett Star and his team. I rent my apartments through them because they are honest, thorough, and responsive. They always match me up with great people. As an owner of a small number of units, in a building where I live, it is key to have a good Realtor®. You will not be disappointed in Brett.— Buyer | Seller
I used Star Residential in Oct 2015. Brett Star helped me to rent a beautiful apt in the South end. It was absolutely perfect for me and the entire process was seamless! Very nice to work with a boutique firm with amazing exclusive listings.— Ali B.
As a homeowner in Boston, I've had great success with Brett Star and his team. I find them highly reliable and responsive. Just what I was looking for!— David M.
Brett Star is an excellent and trustworthy Realtor®. I wouldn't do business with anyone else in Boston.— Kurt R.
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