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I work with sellers on a daily basis. Communicating your needs is a major factor in the selling process. Choosing a realtor you have faith in and trust is very important, as selling your home/cottage may be a significant life event. Your memories of your home/cottage are priceless. Whether or not it’s a sellers market, the best time to sell your property is when you are ready.

I will come to your property and do a current valuation of your home or cottage complete with comparables of active and sold properties in the area. Once you process the information I provide you with, you will then decide how & when to proceed. Once you decide to list your home, it will appear on as well as many other websites for maximum exposure in the Parry Sound/Muskoka area. I have an online presence and have vamped up my marketing significantly this year to include Parry Sound Life magazine & the local Beacon Star. Which means widespread exposure for your property. I will help you navigate the selling process step by step until it sells firm.

De-personalize & de-clutter. Try to pack away a significant portion of your personal memories such as pictures, momentos, knick knacks etc. Less is more! This will make it easier for the buyer to picture their furniture and belongings in the home.

Try to leave the home for showings. It’s difficult to remain emotion-free when selling. If you’re there during the showing, you may be engaged by the buyer.

Provide as many details of your home as possible such as surveys, septic documentation, water well record, appliance service guides and warranties, square footage, building plans, renovations/updated info.

Listen to your real estate agent’s advice, but follow your own instincts on deciding a fair price. Calculating your offer should involve several factors: what homes sell for in the area, the home’s condition, how long it’s been on the market, financing terms, and the seller’s situation. By the time you’re ready to make an offer, you should have a good idea of what the home is worth and what you can afford. And, be prepared for give-and-take negotiation, which is very common when buying a home. The buyer and seller may often go back and forth until they can agree on a price.

Your real estate agent will assist you in making an offer, which will include the following information:

  • Complete legal description of the property
  • Amount of earnest money deposit
  • Down payment and financing details
  • Proposed move-in date
  • Price you are offering
  • Proposed closing date
  • Length of time the offer is valid
  • Details of the deal

Remember that a sale commitment depends on negotiating a satisfactory contract with the seller, not just making an offer.

An inspector checks the safety of your potential new home. Home Inspectors focus especially on the structure, construction, and mechanical systems of the house and will make you aware of only repairs that are needed.
The Inspector does not evaluate whether or not you’re getting good value for your money. Generally, an inspector checks (and gives prices for repairs on): the electrical system, plumbing and waste disposal, the water heater, insulation and Ventilation, the HVAC system, water source and quality, the potential presence of pests, the foundation, doors, windows, ceilings, walls, floors, and roof. Be sure to hire a home inspector that is qualified and experienced.

It’s a good idea to have an inspection before you sign a written offer since, once the deal is closed, you’ve bought the house “as is.” Or, you may want to include an inspection clause in the offer when negotiating for a home. An inspection clause gives you an “out” on buying the house if serious problems are found or gives you the ability to renegotiate the purchase price if repairs are needed. An inspection clause can also specify that the seller must fix the problem(s) before you purchase the house.

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