Thinking about putting your Jacksonville area property on the market? Now is as good of a time as any! Buyers are out and active. Many home buyers who were hesitant to purchase near the end of the recession are now feeling more confident in a purchase.
List Your Home with a REALTOR®
As a home seller, your best chance of selling your home in a timely manner for a good price, is to list it with a Florida Licensed Realtor. Properties listed on the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service are available for view by Realtors in our area. When Realtors take buyers out to view properties, they sift through homes on the MLS system to determine what properties would be the best fit for their buyers.
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It seems simple, but some of the most important tasks to getting your home sold are the easiest:
- Good pictures of the interior and exterior: As a seller, tidy up and make your home presentable for pictures that home buyers and realtors will be viewing all over the country. Realtors are busy and have a lot of options when it comes to homes to show their buyers. If your property only has a couple pictures, it’s very likely it will get looked over.
- Make your home AVAILABLE: You don’t necessarily have to be prepared to drop everything for every impatient home buyer who wants to see your home with only an hour’s notice, but you should make it available and presentable in a reasonable manner.
- Request feedback: Many realtors do not provide feedback unless asked. Make sure your realtor is doing their job by requesting that everyone who sees your home gives the proper feedback. You can then use this feedback to improve your chances of getting your home sold.
- Be specific: This is your realtor’s job, but when your listing is put into the MLS system all of the information should be as specific as possible. For instance, let’s say a homebuyer is looking for homes in your subdivision only, but your realtor failed to fill in the “Subdivision” section when entering your listing. When this homebuyer asks her realtor to search for homes in your subdivision only, your’s will not come up.
What are the steps to getting your home on the market?
When a seller contacts me with interest in putting their home on the market, I set up an appointment to come view the property first. Before the appointment I do as much research as possible about the property. By knowing the acreage, size of the home, year built, location and condition, I can pull active and sold comparable properties to get a good idea of where we may be able to price the subject property. With that being said, it’s always ideal to see a property in person before recommending any kind of price at all. After viewing the property I am able to do a proper CMA (comparative market analysis) of your Jacksonville home. The average home in our southside Jacksonville/northern St. Johns County area is selling for 98% of the list price.
The next step is a listing agreement, pictures, virtual tour, lockbox and sign and we’re ready to go! I really take my time on my pictures and video. I try to post as many pictures as possible of my listings and I put a lot of editing into the photos. I also feel that a video walk through can be very helpful since a large majority of our buyers in this area are from all over the country. Often times we’ll have one spouse come look for their family’s home and virtual tours can really aid in allowing the whole family to feel like they’ve visited their potential future home. We even have buyers purchasing homes site unseen at times and as you can imagine, a video walk through is almost necessary in these instances.
How much does it cost to list a property?
Nothing! You do not pay a dime until closing. If I list your home and it doesn’t sell, it’s at no cost to you. While it varies depending on many different factors, for most residential properties the brokerage fee is 6% of the sales price. If a different brokerage brings in a buyer for your property, that fee is split in half with the selling brokerage.