I work for you as a full-service Realtor. I help you understand what your home is worth and help negotiate the most money for your home. Just a few of the services we provide while helping you sell your home:
DISCLAIMER: The above services are provided for all listings when appropriate. Some services are not necessary and will be negotiated with you at time of signing a listing contract.
There are two types of Listing Contracts in Arizona, Exclusive Right to Sell and Exclusive Agency. Giving a Realtor the Exclusive Right to Sell means the listing agent has the exclusive right to list and market your home, although other agents can sell your home on behalf of the buyer. An Exclusive Agency allows an agent to list and sell your house just like the Exclusive Right to Sell, the only difference is that you can also find a buyer. If you find a buyer the listing agent will not get any commission. Most Realtors do not take Exclusive Agency listing.
The most productive form of advertising a home is directing the marketing toward other agents, since other agents actually have buyers. Listing agents do this by distributing brochures about your house to agents in the area. They can also send e-mails to agents and networking in the community.
Your contract will specify whether or not the house will be listed in the local MLS (multiple listing service) database. It is definitely in your best interest to have the house listed because your sales force will increase dramatically by however many Realtors have memberships to MLS, which is most of them.
An agent may advertise your home in classified ads or specialty magazines but this rarely sells your home. Most advertising finds more buyers for the agent and rarely sells the house.
Open Houses rarely sell a home. If an Open House is done when the house is first put on the market, it tells everyone in your neighborhood that the house is for sale and invites them over to look. The main reason an agent holds a house open is to generate more clients for them. If you really want an Open House, most agents will do them, but don’t expect your house to sell that weekend.
ARMLS is a database of all homes listed by Arizona Realtors. Most Arizona Realtors are members of this service.
Information about your home will be entered into the ARMLS database such as; square footage, price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and so on. Realtors search for homes in the ARMLS database and for their clients. Agents will pay special attention to homes that are new on the market because they may have shown their client everything else and now are just looking at the new listing. That’s why when your home first goes on the market you will get a lot of lookers. The main advantage to having your house in ARMLS is you have expanded your potential buyers tenfold by giving all Realtors accessibility.
The first rule of selling a house is to remove your emotions. This is now a business deal and you have to treat it like a marketable commodity and not the place where you raised your kids or spent your 30th birthday.
Walk around the house like a Home Inspector would and check everything mechanical you see. Here’s check list you can use: