1. You've decided to sell your home
As an experienced Sales Representative, I know that selling a home can be a confusing and complicated process. Chances are, you have a lot of questions.
Questions like, "Should I sell it myself or use a Real Estate agent?",
"How do I price my home?" and
"What are the costs to me when I sell my home?".
This guide will answer your questions and help you through the process from the day you decide to sell to the day the sale of your home is finalized.
2. About me and My Service to you
No One will Treat You Like I will....
When you are my client...you will feel like you are my only client!
That pledge, along with a strong dedication to community involvement, assures clients that they are dealing with ethical, knowledgeable and caring Sales Representative.
What differentiates me from my competitors, is my commitment to doing my job to the highest stanstards and to the best of my ability.
3. Why Choose me?
My service...every client is treated like they are my only client!
I proudly provide highest level of service with integrity, hard work, ethical, highest standards and best results for you!
The Difference My Higher Standards Can Make
The sale or purchase of a property can be an enormously complex procedure. This is why it pays to have a me on your side. From the moment your home is listed until the day you receive your money, we will be with you through the process of listing your home, considering offers, closing the sale, securing financing and moving.
I take continuous training & education, this helps to ensure that I maintain a leading rate of repeat and referral business. I am known for my enthusiasm and a willingness to work with you until your home is sold.
I usually work five to seven days a week, including numerous evenings, weekends and holidays.
This dedication to customer service is at the heart of my Higher Standards promise.
Buying or selling a home is perhaps the most complex transaction an individual can undertake. I make it easy.
This means better service, more qualified sellers and the best price possible on your property.
4. I Know Your Community
I live and work in Mississauga and Toronto. I know your neighborhood. I research all areas continuously to keep myself well educated in different areas and markets.
your service professional for Mississauaga, Oakville, Brampton, Toronto, Milton and surrounding GTA.
2. Local Ties, Global Strength
I know your area better than anyone. Why shouldn’t we? Just like you, we’re an active part of the community. With an office in your area, you’ll find i am knowledgeable about local shopping, parks and schools. Knowing the area makes a difference. The connections we have to the community allow us to set strong and attractive prices, find qualified and passionate sellers, and represent your home to its fullest extent.
Based on experience, I will help develop your home’s "distinct capacity" by touring your property with our professional sales team to determine its principal benefit. This may be a newly renovated kitchen, an excellent local school, a close by transportation line, or an especially large yard. While one home might stand out because it backs on a golf course, another may attract a seller’s attention due to an in-ground swimming pool. Finding what makes your home different allows us to highlight your home’s individual character, breaking through the clutter to catch the seller’s eye.
Familiarity with your community is just another aspect of our promise of my Higher Standards of customer service. Knowing your community means knowing your street. Knowing your street means knowing your home.
5. My 20-Point Marketing Strategy
My Five Star Marketing System
My success has been based on a company wide commitment to Higher Standards. I use the steps outlined in my 20-point plan to sell your property quickly, with the best possible terms and at the best possible price. We will post your property on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) pur Professional site and the Public MLS site, an electronic database that will allow Realtors from every major firm in the country access to your listing. Your home will also be listed in our easy-to-use online 24 Hour Home Finder, which can be accessed globally at www.shellieclarke.com and www.cityscapeone.com
However, I am not solely reliant on technology. I will also use effective conventional methods to sell your property, such as informing homeowners in your area, conducting open houses, placing an attractive sign on your property and displaying your listing on my offices website, my website, MLS Professional and Public site.
I will use my interpersonal skills in conjuction with my superior negotiating skills to best represent you with your best interests at heart!
My overall marketing strategy is based on a genuine dedication to customer service.
This commitment to my clients is exemplified by my 20-point Higher Standards plan of action, which is my promise to you.
When you are my client...you will feel like you are my only client!
6. My 20-Point Higher Standards Plan of Action
My Promise To You
The following is a twenty-point promise; outlining all the steps I will take as your HomeLife Sales Representative to ensure that your home is sold quickly, for the best possible price with the best possible terms.
- Prepare a market analysis of your home.
- List your property on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for maximum exposure.
- List your property at www.shellieclarke.com, using our 24 Hour Home Finder
- Display your property at my office locations, www.cityscapeone.com while also promoting your property to Citscape Real estate staff at marketing meetings
- Prepare a detailed highlight sheet listing the features, advantages and benefits of your property
- Help develop your property’s "distinct capacity" by touring your property with our professional sales team to determine its principal benefit
- Place a professional and distinct Cityscape real Estate /Shellie Clarke sign on your property
- Promote the sale of your property throughout your community
- Communicate to you regularly on all aspects of marketing
- Provide regular updates regarding market conditions
- Pre-qualify potential purchasers to save you time
- Make you aware of all financial alternatives regarding your sale
- Explain our home warranty program to you
- Offer moving services to both buyer and seller
- Communicate with you regularly and give you my "Pledge of Availability"
- Represent you on all offers and negotiate for the Best Possible Price and Terms
- Provide you with copies of all information relevant to the sale of your property
- Follow up on all necessary closing details until the money is in your hands and you’re ready to move
- Leave you a copy of My Action Plan
7. The Listing
Putting Your Home on the Market
The first step toward putting your home up for sale is to meet with your Real Estate Sales Representative at your home. What we call the "listing appointment".But beforehand, it's important to understand “who's who" and how brokers may co-operate to sell your home.
Listing Broker. An individual Real Estate broker whom the seller hires to represent the seller through a contract called a "listing agreement". The listing Sales Representative is associated with the listing broker. The listing broker is directly paid the listing commission and then splits the commission with the listing Sales Representative.
Selling Broker. This is the individual who produces a buyer for the property and divides the commission with a listing broker. Such a transaction is considered a "co-operative" sale because the house is listed by one broker and a buyer is provided by a second broker. If the listing broker also produces the buyer, then the listing broker receives both listing and selling sides of the commission.
A Little Homework
Before the listing appointment, both the home seller and the listing Sales Representative have some homework to do. While the home seller collects a list of documents requested by the Sales Representative, the listing Sales Representative studies recent area sales of homes comparable to the seller's, and also comparable homes currently for sale.
There's No Place Like Home
At the listing appointment, the listing Sales Representative will want to inspect the entire home and yard to become familiar with its special features and exact floor plan.
You have probably enjoyed living in your home and have been pleased with its many unique features. Your listing Sales Representative will want to tell prospective buyers about the special features of your home and community. Be ready to be specific about schools, churches, daycare, nearby metro, and other desirable community features, as well as home features not readily apparent.
Remember, prospective buyers will be "comparison shopping" and keenly aware of subtle differences in homes for sale in the area. Be sure to tell your listing Sales Representative why yours is special from any home remodelling to afternoon winter sunshine.
Property Profile Folder
To enable the listing Sales Representative to prepare a highlight sheet on the property, the home seller needs to provide a number of documents and information specific to the location and jurisdiction. This Highlight Sheet is often left in the home for the convenience of prospective selling Sales Representatives. Because the list is long, you can understand why it's best to collect the papers before the listing appointment. These materials may include:
Pay-Off Notice. A letter signed by the home seller and mailed to the lender by the listing broker to notify the lender of the intention to pay off the mortgage in order to minimize prepayment of interest penalties to the seller. (Home seller should provide the broker with the lender's address, loan balance, assumability, years remaining on present mortgage, PITI. and the interest rate, if possible.)
Septic and Well Inspection. If property is on septic/well, current inspections by local health authorities are required while the home is occupied. Listing Sales Representative will usually arrange for inspection after the contract is ratified.
Order Lender Appraisal. Lenders usually require an appraisal to assure that the property is adequate collateral for a loan. Appraisal may be ordered before (paid by seller), but is more often done after an "offer to purchase” is accepted (paid by buyer).
Assessments/Easements. Listing Sales Representative will ask home seller if any tax assessments or easements exist on the property that must be paid or included in purchase contract and passed on with the land when sold.
Property Taxes/Condominium Fees. Home seller provides record of property tax or condominium fee payments which buyer will reimburse on a prorata share to home seller at settlement. Inspections. Many lenders of new mortgages may require an inspection certificate that shows house is free of major defects Utilities.
Home seller should provide record of past 12 months utility bills, including gas, electric, sewer, water, and trash where applicable. Most buyers will want to know the history of utility costs.
Helpful Documents. If possible, home seller should provide listing Sales Representative with deed, house location survey, condominium bylaws or home owners association documents, subdivision map, house floor plan, previous title search abstracts, legal description of property (subdivision, section and lot), warranties on major systems or Home Owners Warranty, if still in effect, and copy of home owners insurance policy for endorsement in purchase contract.
In anticipation of a buyer's offer, the home seller must be ready to supply listing Sales Representative with a specific list of the personal property that is included in the Real Estate property for sale. Examples of items to "convey" may include: draperies, drapery rods, remaining heating oil, firewood, washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, microwave, disposal, swimming pool chemicals, awnings, storm doors and windows, screens, blinds, shutters, window air conditioner, etc. Home seller should tag or remove items which do not convey.
When the home seller is ready to put the home on the market, the listing agreement is filled out indicating a specific period of time the agreement is in effect ("listing period"), and signed by the seller. You've now hired a listing broker.
Questions & Answers
What is a "Lockbox"?
A lockbox is a universal metal container for your house key that is hung on the front door and can only be opened by a special key or combination by licensed Sales Representatives. It provides access when the owner is away, thus assuring full exposure to prospective buyers.
Do certain geographical areas have unique home selling requirements?
Yes. Home selling requirements vary from area to area. Ask your listing Sales Representative to investigate special taxes or other requirements applicable to the area in which you live.
8. Comparative Market Analysis
Maximizing Market Value
Preparing a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is an important tool of Sales Representatives use to help you earn the highest possible price for your home. A CMA involves looking at the public records of Real Estate Business in your community to better understand market conditions.
There are four steps I will take in preparing your home’s CMA:
- I will consider the amount paid for at least three recently sold homes in your community.
These homes will be comparable in size to yours and together comprise a factual record of what buyers will pay.
- I will then consider the asking prices of at least three presently listed homes in your community.
Because these homes are similar to yours, these homes will be the benchmarks against which your home will be priced.
- I will then consider the asking prices of at least three homes in your community that went unsold for at least 90 days.
Similar to your home, these homes illustrate the dangers of overpricing your property.
- Finally, I will use all the price information gathered to arrive at an ideal asking price for your home.
9. The Pricing Pyramid
How Price Affects Buyer Interest
* When you price your home above its market value, fewer buyers will show interest in your property.
* When you price your home below market value, you increase the number of interested buyers.
* In the end, the price you set and the interest you create should reflect your selling goals.