If you are thinking of selling your home, buying a home, or have legal questions about residential or commercial real estate, give Attorney Timothy J. Klisz a call right now for a free telephone consultation.
If you have a buyer for your home, and would like to avoid the traditional 6% commission charged by a professional real estate agent, Mr. Klisz has extensive experience handling for sale by owner or FSBO transactions, which can save you quite a bit of money.
The Klisz Law Office, PLLC has teamed up with Title One of Livonia to bring you a one-stop destination for selling your home by owner.
Call Tim Klisz. Right now, at (313) 402-0853 or use the secure contact the firm page, to find out more about selling your home by owner or purchasing a home offered by a by the owner. Click here to download the firm’s For Sale By Owner Checklist which will prepare you to buy or sell a home by owner.
Here are some tips on marketing your home for sale, by owner or with a Realtor:
Since motivated buyers can move on to other properties quite quickly, it’s imperative that you make your home available for viewing as soon as possible when someone calls to schedule an appointment. This means you need to keep the home “staged” for showing pretty much around the clock. The ability to show it in optimal condition to as many interested parties as possible will certainly increase your chances of a successful sale. The goal is to keep your home as clean as can be, indicating that the buyer could move in quickly and easily.
· Sweep front walkway and remove newspapers, bikes and toys.
· Trim back the shrubs.
· Clean windows and window coverings throughout.
· Make sure roof and gutters are clean and in good condition.
· Mow the lawn frequently and plant flowers. Annuals make a great impression and the “curb appeal” is very important to a potential buyer.
· Keep pet areas clean.
· Clean the kitchen and bathroom.
· Vacuum regularly to keep carpets clean.
· Place fresh flowers in the main rooms, light aromatic candles or bake a batch of cookies.
· Put dishes away, unless setting a formal display for decoration.
· Make all beds and put all clothes away.
· Open the drapes and turn on lights for a brighter feel.
· Keep pet areas clean and odor-free.
· Minimize clutter throughout the home by putting away dishes, toys and family photographs (if you normally display a lot).
· Enhance the spaciousness of each room – remove some furniture if necessary.
· Put all jewelry and valuables in a safe place, especially if you hold an open house (see below)
· Put on some easy listening or jazz music to set a pleasant tone.
Having an Open House
For agents, open houses are an ideal venue to market all homes they have on the market to a targeted audience of buyers ripe for the picking. But when you’re acting as your own agent, this scenario doesn’t apply. Additionally, some buyers have been known to shy away from open houses when the seller is present because it’s uncomfortable to freely walk through and comment on a home owned and, in many cases, lived in by the person present.
While open houses can amount to a lot of prep work and even more sitting around awaiting visitors, there is a possibility you can connect with a prospective buyer or two. If you choose to hold an open house, here are some tips to make it as successful as possible.
- Announce your open house via flyers, the internet or place ads in your local paper.
- Schedule an open house in the early afternoon on Sundays, the traditional day in Michigan.
- Schedule an open house at the same time there are other open houses in the area.
- Strategically place signs leading people to your open house.
- Give visitors a chance to move through the home at their own pace.
- Limit conversation to the welcome greeting and request for any questions to be answered before the prospective buyers leave.
- Have extra flyers printed up, as well as an introductory booklet to your community.
Once you have found a buyer
If you are successful in marketing your home, it is time to employ the professionals. Contact the Klisz Law Office, PLLC at (313) 402-0853 to get started with a purchase agreement.
It is a good idea to arrange all the details of the transaction with the buyer, including the sales price, occupancy terms, any contingencies, whether the buyer is working with a real estate agent, and what items are included or excluded from the sale of a home.
Once you’ve hired the Klisz Law Office, PLLC, Mr. Klisz will draft your purchase agreement, which is usually done within 24 hours. Both you and the buyer sign the purchase agreement and the buyer will leave a deposit to be held in the Law office trust account, pending completion of the sale.
Title One of Livonia will then take over and prepare the payoffs of any mortgages, dealing with a purchaser’s new mortgage company in preparing the documents for closing.
After any private or city inspection of the property, and all the paperwork is prepared, your closing will be scheduled. Timing will be based on the availability of the mortgage company, title company, the parties schedules, as well as the attorney.
If you have any questions about buying or selling your house by owner, contact experienced Attorney Timothy J. Klisz at (313) 402-0853 or by using the secure contact the firm page.
Real estate litigation
If you have a problem with a real estate transaction, you should consult with an attorney immediately. From transactions that have gone sour, to seller’s disclosure issues, Attorney Timothy J. Klisz has nearly two decades of experience dealing with real estate issues.
Call today for a free consultation regarding real estate litigation issues or any questions you might have regarding residential or commercial real estate at (313) 402-0853. You can also contact the firm by using the secure page, and giving details about your real estate questions.