Three seller mistakes to avoid to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Having worked with sellers for many years, I’ve found there are three main mistakes you can avoid to ensure you sell for top dollar and everything goes smoothly:

1. Finding a new home before selling your current one. In the present market where we’re seeing multiple offers on almost every home, a seller won’t accept your offer if you haven’t even put your current house on the market yet. You’re putting the cart before the horse; you’ll be pressured to get rid of your other home, and it’s a difficult position to be in because you’ll likely be overpaying for your next house, which brings quite a bit of undue stress.

2. Not squaring away your estate. Eventually, you may pass your home along to your children or maybe it’ll stay within a trust. Plenty of clients I’ve worked with have a will made up, but that won’t help you avoid probate. Consult with a trusted real estate advisor in your area and have them connect you with an estate attorney. Make sure everything’s properly set up because you don’t want all your hard-earned equity to go to some government entity, and tens of thousands of dollars will be wasted in the probate process. 

“A seller won’t accept your offer if you haven’t even put your current house on the market yet.”

3. Hiring a part-time agent. Most of us have a family member or friend who sells real estate, and they may offer you a discount. However, you’ve spent years making your home beautiful, it’s been updated, and is perhaps the largest asset you own. Don’t let a part-time agent handle the process because they’re likely not familiar with what’s happening in the market these days. If you truly want to use your friend, see if they can partner with a full-time professional to help them navigate the process. 

When it’s time to sell your home and you’d like to avoid as many mistakes as possible, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Also, contact me via phone or email if you have any real estate needs or questions. I’d be happy to help you.