If you are thinking about selling your Kitsap County real estate, then like many other property owners, you have questions about the process and the different parties who will be involved. This is normal. Each transaction is unique to some degree. But many questions are common to all real estate sellers. Below you will find several of the most common questions I have been asked through the years about selling Kitsap County real estate.
Selling your home can be an emotional endeavor. You have memories here. It can be very difficult to keep the perspective necessary to successfully sell your property. Remember though, the new buyer does not see your home as you do. A new buyer is looking at your home and planning new furniture arrangements, new wall colors, new carpets and pleasing gardens. A new buyer is picturing their children and pets roaming the property and picturing their spouse living and working in the different rooms. A new buyer is looking forward, planning their future.
Is It The Right Time To Sell My Kitsap County Real Estate?
There really is no correct answer to this question. The "right time to sell" is when you want or need to do so. The real estate market in Kitsap County is like real estate markets everywhere. It rises and falls. Sometimes values are higher than other times and sometimes market activity is more brisk than other times. There are advantages to each type of market. A busy market breeds urgency in potential buyers. Nobody wants to be the only one who missed a good deal! A slower market tends to have a higher percentage of serious buyers (buyers who are already pre-approved and don't have to wait to sell another property, for example).
The right time to sell is when it benefits you.
How Do I Get The Most Money For My Kitsap County Home?
Cleanliness, Clutter and Class (inside and outside your property)
Some people have the ability to overlook the evidence of day-to-day living. Many do not. They will notice the dirty clothing immediately, and completely miss the brand new carpet under it! Dirty socks and posters of scantily clad women will offend most women and a high number of men as well.
The same applies to unfinished yard work. If the lawn is calf-high, your potential buyers may not even notice the beautiful roses growing over the custom trellis.
Do I Have To Tell Every Little Thing I Know That's Wrong?
In a word, YES! Deliberately withholding information about your property can be considered Real Estate Fraud. Anything that affects the value of a propert must be disclosed. If you have questions about what needs to be disclosed, talk it over with Marie. The last thing you want is to find you have legal troubles after you thought your property was successfully sold!
I Hate Negotiating - Can I Avoid It?
I have spoken with dozens of clients through the years who find negotiating either intimidating or distasteful.
How Much Will It Cost? (and can I avoid any of it?)
How Long Will It Take?
I Have A Tenant...(when tenants interfere with a sale)
Tenants are invariably resistant to the sale of "their" home. This is natural and you should anticipate having to make some extra allowances. Selling Kitsap County rental property does disrupt your tenant's life. It is understandable that a tenant may not be as accommodating to potential buyers as you might wish. Remember this is a business transaction, it is not personal. Read your lease or rental agreement to clarify your tenants legal rights as well as your own as the landlord. Do what you can to ease the tenants discomfort. But, don't forget, this is your property and you have every right to sell it if and when you wish. A tenant does not have the right to cost you money or time.
Upgrades or Not? (will I get more money?)
What To Do With Rover (don't let your pet hurt your deal)
I have two Boxers who let me live with them. They are a big part of family life in my home. They have their habits and peculiarities just like people. And I forget, until someone visits my home, how the rest of the world may see my family pets.
When I look through a stranger's eyes, I see 160 lbs. of intimidation. A stranger has no idea that my dogs would probably lick them down to the bone, before crying when they left.
Your pet can be a significant impediment to the sale of your Kitsap Countyhome. Many Americans have allergies to dog and cat dander. Many people don't know when a dog is being friendly and when it is showing agitation. Your cat, demanding attention by rubbing against a buyer's legs, is distracting the buyer from looking at the house (and leaving cat hair on their clothes). She may be the nicest cat in the world but just like a spaghetti stain on the wall, she is a distraction.
What You Owe Has Nothing To Do With What It's Worth