Want to get as much money back as possible from this big-ticket investment? Of course you do!So avoid doing these nine things when you put your home on the Texas market.1.
Avoid Doing These 9 Things When You Put Your Home On The Texas Market
Want to get as much money back as possible
from this big-ticket investment?
Of course you do!
So avoid doing these nine things when you put your
home on the Texas market.
1. Ignoring your agent's advice
2. Neglecting important repairs prior to listing your home
5. Being present for showings or open houses
Home buyers are already apprehensive about touring a stranger’s property, so don’t make things even more awkward by sticking around for open houses or showings. Buyers need to be able to envision your home as their own, which can be difficult to do if they see you hanging around the house.
6. Letting a pet spoil your sale
Even though you love your pet, a home buyer might not feel the same way. Also, dogs, cats, and other animals often leave behind a bad odor, which can be an immediate turnoff.
7. Reviewing offers with a closed mind
Many people form an emotional attachment to their home. But don't let those feelings cloud your vision, especially when you receive offers.
In an ideal world, you’ll nab a full-price (or higher) offer for your home, but be willing to negotiate if you receive an offer that’s below list price.
8. Balking over requested repairs
No matter how well you’ve maintained your house, a buyer’s home inspector is going to find issues with the property. Be prepared to make repairs during the home inspection negotiation period—or at least offer the buyer credit at closing.
Whatever you do, don’t fight over a few hundred dollars.
9. Overlooking closing costs
While home buyers shoulder the lion's share of the closing costs, home sellers still chip in a good chunk of cash at settlement—roughly 1% to 3% of the home’s final sales price. Unfortunately, many sellers don’t budget for closing fees. In fact, a lot of sellers only look at their agent’s commission when calculating their closing costs.
As a home seller, you can expect to be responsible for these closing costs:
A closing fee, paid to the title company or attorney's office where everyone meets to close on the home
Taxes on the home sale
A fee for an attorney, if the home seller has one
A fee for transferring the title to the new owner
Pro tip: After you sign a sales contract with a home buyer, ask the buyer’s title company for an estimate of what you’ll have to pay at closing, so that you can budget appropriately.
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