Selling Tips

The Sell Experience

Ensure the Best Selling Experience with Silverton Realty

  • Offer local, aggressive and experienced sales agents
  • Market value estimates for your property and home
  • Thorough knowledge of financing
  • Planned, effective marketing and advertising
  • Open house for additional exposure
  • Pre-selected buyers to find the most qualified buyers
  • Advise you of market conditions and pricing
  • Help you determine the best way to sell your home
  • Explain the safety, convenience and benefit of having an agent show your home
  • Provide breakdown of probable expenses including penalties, back taxes, assessments which may be done
  • Provide complete service for properties large and small
Prepare Your Home to Sell

Appearance can be the single most important thing that attracts a buyer. Improvements and repairs can add value to your home. Learn the top 20 things to think about when preparing your home to sell:

  1. Keep your house and garage tidy
  2. Repair sticking doors or windows
  3. Decorate faded walls and touch up worn woodwork
  4. Replace cracked windows and torn screens
  5. Clean and sanitize carpets and rugs
  6. Replace worn carpeting and rugs
  7. Repair broken switches and light bulbs
  8. Wash or paint exterior if necessary
  9. Repair leaky plumbing
  10. Abolish objectionable odors
  11. Keep pets out of sight and under control
  12. Keep TV and radio volumes low or off
  13. Never apologize for appearance
  14. Leave showing entirely to salesperson
  15. Make sure your lawn and other landscaping is neatly trimmed and mowed
  16. Make certain your yard is clean of refuse and leaves
  17. Open the drapes and curtains. Clean the windows. Dark rooms do not appeal to most buyers
  18. Have your closets clean and organized so they look as spacious as possible
  19. Repair or replace discolored or damaged caulking around bathtubs and showers
  20. Give the broker a key for use when you’re gone. Remember, a missed showing can result in a missed sale.
Moving Tips

Choosing a moving company

  1. Discuss the matter with friends and neighbors who have moved long distance.
  2. Check your local Better Business Bureau to confirm the reliability and integrity of a moving company.

When you move

  1. Call moving company to get an estimate.
  2. When the movers arrives at your home, show them everything, including items to be moved from attics, basements, and garages. Tell them exactly what you want in the way of service – cartons, boxes, accredited packers to prepare your goods for shipment.
  3. Give movers information about handling particular items: which should have legs removed and which items concern you most.
  4. Get a written estimate setting forth the conditions and terms under which the mover is doing the job.

What your mover can and cannot do

  1. Your mover can move you to better advantage during the second or third week in the month. Movers are busiest at the very beginning and end of the month.
  2. Accredited packers will prepare your goods for shipment, if you order packing service. They use special cartons for lamp shades, books, mattresses and sealed wardrobe boxes for clothing.
  3. Special soft covers are provided for tables. All furniture is carefully wrapped, padded, placed to ride securely.
  4. You will need to make arrangements to take down venetian blinds, draperies, mirrors, window cornices and other items attached to the walls. Have carpet tacks removed, but do not take up the carpets. Charges for such services are not included in the transportation rate.
  5. Your mover cannot disconnect or connect appliances requiring special wiring.
  6. At your new home, accredited movers help make your room livable at time of unloading.
Real Estate Terms
  • Abstract of Title: Summarized history of the legal title to property, shows changes of title, records of liens and encumbrances.
  • Assumable Mortgage: A loan that can be transferred from the old owner to the new owner.
  • Closing Costs: Charges paid at settlement to obtain a mortgage loan and transfer real estate title, usually in addition to the price of the home. Be sure your sales contract clearly states who – buyer or seller – will pay closing costs and what they will be.
  • Closing Day: The date on which the title property passes from the seller to the buyer and/or the date on which the borrower signs the mortgage loan agreement.
  • Earnest Money: A sum paid to a seller by a potential buyer to demonstrate that the buyer is serious about buying. If a contract is executed, the earnest money is returned in whole with deductions for processing charges, paperwork, etc. Make sure you know the terms of your contract.
  • Easements: Rights of way granted to persons or companies authorizing access to or over the owner’s land. For example, utility companies may have easement rights to install pipes or wire on or over your land.
  • Equity: The value in excess of all indebtedness against the property.
  • Escrow: A system or document transfer in which a deed, bond or fund is delivered to a third party to hold until all conditions in a contract are fulfilled.
  • FHA (Federal Housing Administration): This federal agency established by Congress in 1934, insures mortgage loans made by FHA-approved lenders on homes that meet FHA standards in order to make mortgages more desirable investments for lenders.
  • Interest: The cost paid by a borrower for use of money borrowed to purchase a home.
  • Mortgage: Pledge of property as security for the payment of a debt.
  • Mortgage Commitment: A formal written communication by a lender, agreeing to make a mortgage on specific property, specifying the loan’s amount, length of time and conditions.
  • Mortgagee: The lender who has agreed to lend money to the mortgagor.
  • Mortgagor: The homeowner (borrower), who has agreed to repay a mortgage loan to the mortgagee.
  • Points: A point is a charge of one percent of the mortgage value. Points are a one-time charge assessment by the lender to increase the interest yield from the mortgage loan to a position competitive with the interest yield from other types of investment. Points may be usually paid by the buyer or seller or split between them. Points may be required by the lender, but these system arrangements vary from state to state, so check into practices in your area.
  • Principal: Amount of money borrowed in mortgage loan, excluding interest and other charges.
  • Sales Contract: The contract between the buyer and seller. The contract should explain, in detail, exactly what your purchase includes, who is responsible for providing it, what guarantees there are, when you can move in, what the “closing costs” are, and what “outs” parties have in case the contract is not fulfilled or if you cannot get a mortgage commitment at the agreed-upon terms.
  • Settlement Expense: This is different from closing costs, but also involves charges that a buyer or seller must pay in closing a deal on a house. Settlement costs include insurance and tax payments, special assessments for improvements to municipal facilities and sales commissions.
  • Survey: On-site measurement of lot lines, dimensions and position of house on lot, including determination of possible encroachments or existing easements. A survey is often required by the lender to assure him that a house is actually on the land according to its legal description.
  • Title Insurance: A contract to make good a property owner’s loss resulting from defects in a title. Title insurance usually calls for the insurer to defend the property owner’s title at no cost if the title is challenged in court.
  • Title: Evidence (usually in the form of a certificate or “deed”) of a person’s legal right to ownership property.
  • Title Search or Title Guaranty: Detailed review of title records, generally at the local courthouse, to assure that the property is bought from the legal owner and to determine if any liens, special assessments, other claims or outstanding restrictive covenants are on record.
  • VA (Veterans’ Administration): A federal agency which in 1944 established a loan guaranteed program to encourage private lending agencies to give liberal mortgages to honorably-discharged veterans or their widows. Check your local Veterans’ Administration office for information.
  • Zoning: Classification or real property for varying uses. A municipality has a right to determine and regulate the use of property.