From deciding that it's time to sell your home until closing day, I'll be here and helping you every step of the way. Let's take a look at the rundown of what comes next.
Listing paperwork: We need to complete the listing agreement and go over several disclosure documents and other forms. We can do that in person or via a phone conversation and email since I have software that allows us to sign electronically.
Home prep: Now is the time to take a step back and look at your home with a critical eye. Are there maintenance issues that need to be addressed? Could the yard use some sprucing up? Are the walls getting scuffed in a few places? Spending a week or two taking care of maintenance issues can help your home shine.
Offer and review: When an offer comes in, we'll review all the terms, so you can decide wether to accept, counter, or decline. If multiple offers come in, I'll put the varying terms of each into a spreadsheet so you can easily compare them and choose the offer that works best for you.
Mutual acceptance: When a buyer and seller agree on the terms and fully sign a Purchase and Sale Agreement, they are said to be at "mutual acceptance" or "under contract". The buyers will be depositing their small earnest money deposit with the escrow company, completing a home inspection, requesting and negotiating repairs or maintenance, and completing all of their loan requirements (if they are financing the purchase). The title company will be researching and insuring the title, and an appraisal is ordered and completed. We'll have a couple of things to do as well, but we'll cover those details as the time approaches.
Almost there: In the week prior to closing, you'll want to plan your move, schedule to have the utilities taken out of your name at the end of our closing day, and work on tying up any loose ends. If you have paperwork about the house (original home book, appliance instructions, etc), it's nice to set those aside for the soon to be new owners along with information about the mailbox location, instructions for garage doors, codes, or other things that are specific to the house or property.
Signing: Your final signing appointment will be in the days leading up to closing. It must be done in person. Escrow companies can send the final documents to a Notary in just about any location, so you can sign wherever you are. We just need to make sure that the escrow company is kept up to date of your location in the weeks prior to closing. If one person is unavailable, they may have another sign for them using a Specific Power of Attorney. I used a POA to sign for my deployed husband when we bought our home. However, the title company must approve any POAs ahead of time. If anyone plans to sign for someone else using a POA, please let me know right away.
Closing: A transaction is officially closed after it has been recorded at County on closing day. When that happens, the escrow company sends us unique recording numbers as proof of the recording, and you are all done! The net proceeds are released to the seller, and the buyer can take possession of the home.
Jana was an amazingly patient and extremely helpful realtor. My wife and I truly appreciate everything she did for us and continues to do for us by ensuring we are happy and comfortable with our home buying process."