Kolt Christopher Homes


full-service real estate firm specializing in residential and commercial properties. We can help you buy a home, while providing expert advice.

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A Seller’s Guide

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buyers and sellers Guide

Hiring the Right Real Estate Firm

A realtor acts as a middleman between those selling homes and those looking to buy them. They can also help clients find a home buyer that matches their criteria and ultimately close the deal. When you're ready to buy a home, finding a realtor that's right for you is essential.
A good Realtor will provide information about the neighborhood and the market while giving you an idea of what types of homes are currently for sale and their prices. They can also help you navigate the home selling process, including everything from accepting an offer to negotiating with the buyers and buying a new home.

Preparing your Home for Sale

Homebuyers want to see that their prospective house has been cleaned out and prepared for them. Staging is a term used in real estate that means preparing your place for sale. Staging is simply pulling everything out of the home and putting it into storage or adding small items here and there to give the rooms a more "lived in" look.
It's important that all electrical outlets are covered, and no cords for lamps or other appliances are visible. All light fixtures should be free of cobwebs and the like. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink, but feel free to put some dishes away while others dry in the dish rack.
Take good care of your lawn before showing your home. Ensure there are no weeds or clutter around flower beds or anywhere else outside. The buyer will look at how well you take care of things while considering if the property they are buying is for them. Cluttered homes can make people feel very overwhelmed and unwanted.
Start by getting rid of anything you haven't used in over a year. It's good to keep things you use frequently or maybe for sentimental reasons, but if it's just sitting in your home and collecting dust, sell it!
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Pricing your Home, and Getting It Right

If you're selling a home that isn't exactly perfect, do whatever it takes to make it look as good as new. For example, repaint the walls a uniform color before putting on a fresh coat of semigloss paint, so there's no sign of patching or filling nail holes.
How much is your house worth? There are two ways to find out: You can hire an appraiser, or Kolt Christopher Homes can handle the process for you. Both options will tell you what comparable homes have gone for recently.
A fundamental rule of real-estate marketing is "the higher the risk, the higher the price." If you're willing to sell for less than 98 percent of what you could get in a hot market, buyers will assume something is wrong with your house (it's too small or too far from town) or that it just needs work. The buyer will buy another house instead. To present your home as unthreatened, take whatever steps are necessary to eliminate problems.

Maximize Exposure & Attracting Qualified Buyers

The MLS helps to facilitate cooperation between real estate brokers by creating a unified platform to share property information and allow clients to choose which agent will sell their home. In addition to helping sellers connect with other selling agents, using the MLS allows them to benefit from those who have already been working on their listing, including those advertising your home both online and offline.
Open houses are an excellent way to allow potential buyers to look around your property while giving yourself time to run errands or take care of other necessary tasks. You can arrange an open house at any time that is convenient for you, rather than having people stop by while you're there. The only costs involved will be advertising, and basic decorator touches such as neatening up the landscaping or making the front porch presentable.
Hiring a realtor is an option that can be one of the most effective. Having an agent will give you time to focus on other things while handling all aspects of advertising and showing your home. In addition, since they are experienced in this field, you don't have to worry about mistakes that could cost you money or future customers.
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Receiving Offers & Negotiating

Before you finalize anything with the buyer's agent, make sure that the initial offer has no conditions attached or if it does that they can be easily met. If it doesn't seem fair enough take your time and don't feel pressured into taking any offers immediately even if this might mean that you don't sell to this potential buyer.
If the offer is too low, ask for more money or negotiate other things to compensate. For example, if the offer is low because of an alarming inspection report, you might get something extra by fixing all problems before the closing date.
Ensure the contract has all the necessary information, so there are no misunderstandings later on. You also need to check whether or not everything is in order before signing and especially make sure that your signatures and initials are on every page to indicate your approval!
When You Get an Offer: After receiving an initial offer, try to ensure it's fair and matches what you're expecting. Please don't feel pressured to accept it and set a timeframe for negotiations. If you don't want to negotiate at all, just let the other agent know so they can show your home to another client.

After Accepting an Offer

The inspection determines whether items meet the buyer’s expectations at the time of purchase/closing, not what they expect them to be down the road. For example, if the buyer expects a roof to last 20 years and has just been replaced, your inspection is not the time to try and determine how long it will last.
Hiring a home appraiser is important for selling a home. The appraisal sets the list price of the home, and the seller will need an appraisal report before closing on the property.
The property surveyor will do background research on the property before surveying the land. The study will include the history of the deed and a title search. In addition, the surveyor will research the land title for discrepancies beforehand and perform a detailed inspection of the property's condition. They specifically look for structural issues, unstable walls, and subsidence.
This process will ensure that the home does not have liens against it. Meaning there are no loans or mortgages on the property that belongs to the seller or bank. To ensure these homes are bought without risk, lenders look for an insured closing agent with bond coverage; their name is the escrow agent.


Sellers will first have to pay all their dues and fees, including their prorated share of the monthly park homeowners' association fees for the rest of the month of closing, utilities, and other expenses related to the sale.
Next, they will have to prepare a statement detailing how much money is left after all fees are paid. Then, the balance will be disbursed among the cost of their home, taxes, and other expenses. The difference between this amount and what they got from selling their home goes to buyers as cash or check at closing time.
Your real estate professional will give you copies of all the various forms you'll need to sign, as well as an agreement about when and how the documents must be returned. The second meeting takes place after all parties have had a chance to review the documents requiring signatures and/or explanations. Each person attending this meeting must be present for this document to become legally binding. Once everyone is satisfied with the content of this agreement, it will be signed and notarized.
On average, closing happens about 20 days after the initial escrow deposit. The documents required for your lender to give you the necessary funds are called "closing costs," paid at settlement. You will receive a breakdown of these fees from your agent, lender, and/or other parties involved in the closing process.