Thinking about putting your Jacksonville area property on the market? Now is as good of a time as any! Buyers are out and active. Many home buyers who were hesitant to purchase near the end of the recession are now feeling more confident in a purchase. Now is a great time for home sellers to take action!
List Your Home with a REALTOR®
As a home seller, your best chance of selling your home in a timely manner for a good price, is to list it with a Florida Licensed Realtor. Properties listed on the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service are available for view by Realtors in our area. When Realtors take buyers out to view properties, they sift through homes on the MLS system to determine what properties would be the best fit for their buyers.
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It seems simple, but some of the most important tasks to getting your home sold are the easiest:
- Good pictures of the interior and exterior: As a seller, tidy up and make your home presentable for pictures that home buyers and realtors will be viewing all over the country. Realtors are busy and have a lot of options when it comes to homes to show their buyers. If your property only has a couple pictures, it’s very likely it will get looked over.
- Make your home AVAILABLE: You don’t necessarily have to be prepared to drop everything for every impatient home buyer who wants to see your home with only an hour’s notice, but you should make it available and presentable in a reasonable manner.
- Request feedback: Many realtors do not provide feedback unless asked. Make sure your realtor is doing their job by requesting that everyone who sees your home gives the proper feedback. You can then use this feedback to improve your chances of getting your home sold.
- Be specific: This is your realtor’s job, but when your listing is put into the MLS system all of the information should be as specific as possible. For instance, let’s say a homebuyer is looking for homes in your subdivision only, but your realtor failed to fill in the “Subdivision” section when entering your listing. When this homebuyer asks her realtor to search for homes in your subdivision only, your’s will not come up.
What are the steps to getting your home on the market?
First, we will take a look at your home. We also want to use this as an opportunity to get to know you! What is driving you to sell? What is your motivation? After this visit, we will compare your property with any that have sold over the last few months. It will also be compared with similar properties that are currently on the market since these are your competition.
A couple days later we will come back out to your home and show you the information we gathered. We will use the average list price, average sales price and average days on market (at the final list price) from the three most similar sold properties. Using this information, we can provide you with a recommended list price and give you an idea of how long you can expect to be on the market at that price. Depending on your motivation, we can adjust this price. Notice we only use the FINAL list price of the sold comps. This is the price that brought a contract.
Keep in mind, these are all averages. Every property is different and the time of year plays a big role, too. We take all of this into account. For example, if you request a market valuation in April we will likely not use a bunch of data from October or November. While homes are selling year-round, Spring tends to be the busiest. Higher demand is known to bring higher prices. If we base your home’s price in April on a comp that sold in the fall, you will likely not be getting top dollar.
It’s at this second appointment that we fill out the listing agreement. We will also walk through your home and give you advice on how to prepare for pictures. If your home is ready to go, we’ll schedule our photographer to come out as soon as possible. They will take professional photos, drone photos and video. The turnaround time is typically 24-48 hours. Once we have all photos back, the home can go ACTIVE on the MLS. We will put a sign in your front yard and a NEFAR Supra lockbox on your front door. This electronic lockbox only allows Realtors to access and it’s all logged so we know who is going in your home and when.
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How much does it cost to list a property?
Nothing! Sellers do not pay a dime until closing. If we list your home and it doesn’t sell, it’s at no cost to you. While it varies depending on many different factors, for most residential properties the brokerage fee is 6% of the sales price. If a different brokerage brings in a buyer for your property, that fee is split in half with the selling brokerage.
Still have questions?
Feel free to call, text or email us with any questions you have. We do not push sellers one way or the other. We will simply answer your questions and give you our professional opinion.