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Selling a home isn't something to leave up to chance. Without a REALTOR®, one of the largest transactions of your life could quickly become one of your largest regrets. There are several things to consider: Is now a good time to sell? What's the best way to get the word out? How do you get top dollar for your property? These are just some of the questions a REALTOR® can help answer to ensure you're 100% happy throughout the entire process.

1. Decide when to sell
In real estate, timing influences your home's selling price. Working with a REALTOR® can help make timing work for you.
2. Prepare your finances
Before the offers start rolling in, you should prepare for the massive amounts of money that will pass through your hands.
3. Find a REALTOR® who is right for you
There are many reasons why a REALTOR® is essential when selling your home, but which REALTOR® is best for you?
Don't simply go with the first REALTOR® who suggests the highest asking price. Ask around, talk to a few, and you'll soon find the one that's right for you.
Chances are, if you've lived in your home for more than a few years, you can likely turn a tidy profit. That's great news. But sealing the deal requires more than just a handshake. You'll have to consider if now's a good time to sell? What's the best way to get the word out? How do you get top dollar for your property? These are just some of the questions that a REALTOR® can help answer.

4. Determine your home's asking price
Lots of people out there want to buy your home. The right asking price will attract attention and get you maximum return. With the help of a REALTOR® you can set a fair market value on your home to get the most out of interested buyers.
5. Sign a listing agreement
Signing the listing agreement officially gives your REALTOR® the green light to start selling your home. See what's involved.
The "Listing Agreement" authorizes your REALTOR® brokerage to market and sell your home. This agreement serves three purposes.
Chances are, if you've lived in your home for more than a few years, you can likely turn a tidy profit. That's great news. But sealing the deal requires more than just a handshake. You'll have to consider if now's a good time to sell? What's the best way to get the word out? How do you get top dollar for your property? These are just some of the questions that a REALTOR® can help answer.

6. Prepare your home for sale

Break out the mop and the paintbrush. It's time to give your home a mini-makeover. Here are all the little things you can do to attract the big offers.
7. Let your REALTOR®? market your home
It's time for your REALTOR® to do their thing with a few old-fashioned, and some new-fashioned, marketing tools.
Chances are, if you've lived in your home for more than a few years, you can likely turn a tidy profit. That's great news. But sealing the deal requires more than just a handshake. You'll have to consider if now's a good time to sell? What's the best way to get the word out? How do you get top dollar for your property? These are just some of the questions that a REALTOR® can help answer.

8. Add a lawyer to your team
When selling, it's essential to have a lawyer handle all the various legal documents that change hands. Before you agree to a lawyer, make sure he or she is experienced in real estate, ask how they structure their fees, and get an estimate of all the legal costs you can expect.

9. Receive an offer
All of your hard work has paid off, but you won't know exactly how much it's paid off until you see the offer. This is an exciting, often emotional time, so be prepared.
10. Close the sale
Your negotiations were a success. But before your house is truly sold, it's time for the vital final steps known as "closing". Your REALTOR® and lawyer will take care of the many complicated and time-consuming legal maneuvers. That's why you hired pros.


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