Step 1: Get the best talent you can possibly find, and lean on all of your advisors.
“If You Think Hiring a Professional is Expensive, Wait Till you Hire an Amateur”
The very first step to selling your home is to hire a REALTOR®.
How do you find the best possible REALTOR® to help you? Some of the best sources for referrals are from family and friends. Spend time reading each agent’s client recommendations. Schedule a brief phone interview with those agents you like best. This exercise will help to narrow down the list of agents you want to meet in person. We hope that since you’re on the Silicon Valley And Beyond website, you will consider The Dawn Thomas Team for your real estate needs.
It’s important to find a REALTOR® that understands you, your lifestyle, and your unique requirements. You need to trust their capabilities, experience, and professionalism. You need to find someone with whom you can connect, as this person will be assisting you in one of life’s biggest decisions: selling your home.
Once you’ve found a real estate agent to help you sell your home, you will sign a listing agreement. This formal contract gives the agent authorization to represent you and begins the process of putting your home on the market. Click here to learn more specifics about how to hire a REALTOR®.
Once you’ve hired a REALTOR®, what’s next? Now the work begins in earnest! Together, you and your agent will begin the action of gathering specific information about your property. Some of the initial items your real estate agent will need include:
- Disclosure documents
- Choosing a date to officially put your home on the market
- Learning more about all the great things about your home
Last, but certainly not least, because selling a home has significant financial ramifications, it is also wise to get advice from your financial advisors. These professionals can advise you on tax implications and capital gains as well as how selling a home impacts you if you are a foreign investor. Depending on the complexity of your estate, you may also want to meet with an attorney. Read more about the importance of consulting your financial and legal advisors.