Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.
What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your REALTOR once you choose one so he or she can adjust your selling price accordingly.
Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.
If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.
I will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. My team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.
Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.
Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your agent.
You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. I will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.
You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your REALTOR to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.
Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.
Camille is an outstanding REALTOR. I highly recommend her services.— Sean Hammond
Camille Carney really goes the extra mile for the clients. She works tirelessly to make the best of the buy-and-sell experiences.— Malar V.
We had an amazing experience with Camile Carney as our Listing Representative. It was smooth sailing. We highly recommend Camille and Local Life Realty.— Danny & Dorenda S.
Camille Carney did a great job and was a pleasure to work with on the sale of our home which sold in only 5 days and for more than the list price. Thanks a bunch.— JA C.
Selling a house is always stressful, but Camille took care of everything so well, we didn't worry about a thing. Her attention to detail and professionalism was a breath of fresh air. I would definitely recommend her.— Kathee J.
Working with Camille is always reassuring because we know we are in good hands. She is knowledgeable in what she does and counts on years of experience, so you can be sure she gets to work right away in easing our concerns and answering our questions entirely.— Evelyn R.
Camille Carney was the agent for my sale. My highest recommendation is extended for her and the company. She was professional, experienced, knowledgeable, and responsive for every question and issue. She very quickly located a qualified buyer for my home prior to completion of build for my new home, insuring a smooth transition for my family.— Anna L.
The Best! Drawn from amongst the list of “bests” of Texas families – this one has a phenomenal pedigree. I seriously question that Camille’s clients will need even a quarter of a teaspoon of sugar to make anything unpalatable go down in her superb, supremely personable way. Camille is one-in-a-million, and you are quite fortunate to have her as your representative!— Margaret S.
After selling our first home, my husband and I built our forever home. We worked with Camille from Local Life Realty. Working with Camille is always reassuring because we know we are in good hands. When in doubt, we ask her questions. She is knowledgeable in what she does and counts with years of experience, so you can be sure she gets to work right away with easing our concerns and answering our questions entirely. We’ve worked with Camille a total of 3 times now, she never disappoints! We closed our house during pandemic times. While keeping a safe distance, she was there to be with us until the very end. We appreciate all she does and recommend h...— Chico & Evelyn R.
We found Camille through Zillow and are so grateful that we did! Camille was incredibly helpful throughout our entire home buying process. We were shopping from out of state and she drove to countless houses to send us video tours and photos and offer opinions. She also met us on several weekends when we could travel and worked around our schedule. She was always quick to answer texts and emails, and got answers from other agents quickly. She walked us through the whole process start to finish and is still available for questions even now that we've closed. Camille is so kind and so helpful - you won't be disappointed!— Desai
Camille is a one of a kind REALTOR! We’ve purchased three homes and sold two with her and have never been disappointed. She’s knowledgeable, honest and works hard for her clients. Camille has years of experience and is an expert in the Austin market. I’ve referred many friends and family members to her and can always trust that she will take the best care of them. Call Camille today, you won’t be disappointed!— Rachel Bolton
We can't speak highly enough of our experience with Camille Carney. This was our first time selling a home in Texas and she could not have made it an easier one. She brought in a fantastic photographer to showcase our home and we received multiple offers the first day the house went on the market. She was very responsive and always available when we needed her. We accepted an offer after one Open House and Camille made the closing period a seamless and stress-free process. If you are going to buy or sell your home, we highly recommend Camille Carney. She was fantastic!!!— Sarah and Jeff S.
"Camille helped me find my first home and I could not have been happier with the entire process! From initially looking at homes, to speaking with builders, all the way to closing, Camille was there every step of the way and made me so comfortable with such a massive decision! Thank you!"— Cody Wallace
I can not count the amount of times my partner and I said, "Thank God for Camille." We came into the process with a mix of excitement and apprehension but from the moment we met Camille, she immediately put our mind at ease and proved to be invaluable asset through the whole process. Camille truly went above and beyond to understand our needs, preferences, and aspirations for our first home. Her keen attention to detail and expertise helped us navigate through the number of homes available. She was always readily available to answer our questions, patiently explaining every detail until we felt completely comfortable. We can confidently say that C...— Alex and An
had a great experience working with Jason! Being that it was my first time selling a house, he was patient and thorough as he walked me thru the process. He was always quick to follow up and answer any questions that came up. Jason made me feel like I was truly part of the process....I would definitely recommend Jason and Local Life to my friends and family. Thanks Jason!— Jake Vinz