Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.
What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your REALTOR once you choose one so he or she can adjust your selling price accordingly.
Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. An agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.
If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.
I will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. My team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.
Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.
Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your agent.
You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. I will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.
You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your REALTOR to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.
Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.
Chris did a great job selling my home. She was very responsive and very easy to get of hold of. I appreciated her honesty on all the questions and concerns I had in the sale of my house. I would highly recommend Chris Reeder.— Seller
Chris was absolutely amazing! She went far and above the call of duty to sell our house at the price we needed to get! I don't know what we would have done without Chris' expertise and guidance. Not only is she an amazing agent but she is also a truly kind and wonderful person who really cares about her clients. Thank you Chris!— Seller
My wife is 79 I am 81 and at that age it is difficult deciding to sell our home, but Chris Reeder from the first meeting to the final closing was very professional and caring. We followed her suggestions all along the way and that resulted in a closing that was much faster then we thought it would be. At our age we don't intend to buy another home, but if we did, I would phone Mrs. Reeder.— Seller
Chris is a real pro. She helped get the house ready for sale and did some very nice staging. She worked with me in determining listing price that allowed me to get the most for my home. The house sold in the first week, with a smooth closing 30 days later. I would highly recommend Chris if you are selling your home.— Seller
Chris and Team Reeder were the absolute best! Chris’s expertise and guidance made the entire sale process go more smoothly than could have ever been imagined. The staging was perfect and the house was under contract in just days. When I needed her to advocate for me, she was right there – usually one step ahead of me. You’ll be grateful for having chosen Chris and Team Reeder!— Seller
Chris was a wonderful partner to my siblings and me in the sale of our mother's home. She and her husband, Robin, provided excellent advice and we sold speedily. Aside from her expertise, we credit her recommendation to use their stager. After they worked their magic, the place look warm and inviting to potential buyers and subsequent photography made the house that much more appealing on-line. Chris knows the territory, literally and figuratively. She and Robin were a pleasure to work with and, as Chris says, she goes the extra mil— Seller
Chris Reeder is an exceptional realtor that would work expertly for the client. She not only provided excellent guidance in staging the home, but she made other suggestions that led to the house being sold. Because of Chris, two appliances were replaced just prior to settlement through the insurance policy. Chris also provided me with updates on the sale of the house and provided a marketing analysis of the area so that we could choose the appropriate price to sell the home. Any issue that arose prior to the settlement, Chris was right there to get things resolved. She made you feel that she was only working to sell your home. I have complete confid...— Seller
Chris has been our family Real Estate Agent for years. She is not only professional and knowledgeable, but caring, passionate and provides timely feedback. She is known to call/email/text within minutes of you contacting her. Chris and her husband provide helpful information towards selling, buying, etc. She will take you through hundreds of houses and showings until you find "the one". She even provides her personal moving truck to her clients to ease them into the moving process. Chris Reeder is a class act and I recommend her to anyone!— Seller
We were so lucky to find Chris! My husband was relocated and we decided to sell our first house. We met with Chris only once or twice throughout the process and she was phenomenal. She handled everything from helping us find someone to care for the lawn as well as staging the house so that it wasn't empty. She is dedicated and treated us like family. Even though we were in a completely different time zone, she kept us informed about everything happening with our sale. I wish we could work with her for all our housing needs.— Seller
I met Chris thru other friends who she sold their houses for them. I found Chris to be friendly at the onset, and very knowledgeable on housing trends, house values and overall salesmanship. She was quite positive that she could sell our home in the late fall where others were saying wait till spring. She was confident she could sell the house, and Boom, 5 weeks later, Sold. I felt that she did all she said she could do, weather it be open houses, etc. Her team works well together, and I believe they put the customer first. It was a huge plus that she has box trucks that can be used by the client to move stuff. A real please to work with.— Seller
I listed this property with a very reputable realtor the pictures of the home were horrible with no interest at all for 3 months. I then contacted Chris Reeder who came in staged the house had an open house and had beautiful pictures on the internet. I signed all the documents via email which was a huge time saver and didn't waste hours sitting with realtor. Chris was great and can't say enough about how wonderful and painless the process was! The house was sold quickly and I couldn't be happier! I plan on selling another house this spring and I wouldn't think about using another realtor and would highly recommend Chris and her team to everyone!— Seller
Chris has sold several properties for me, as well as, assisted my daughter in purchasing her first home. She is always very professional, responsive and willing to go the extra mile for you as her client. Her advice is always honest and of the highest quality. If you are looking for someone to get the job done right, making sure all the i's are dotted and t's crossed, then Chris is the person. I look forward to working with her again soon.— Seller
Chris was so patient and willing to work with us, searching for just the right home for our family within our price range. She went above and beyond, even driving papers out to our hotel to sign on Christmas Eve! Through the whole process Christ strove to understand our wants and needs and to find the best match and make sure we understood each step in the process as first time home-buyers. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a home in the area!— Buyer
This was not our first home-purchase rodeo, and we've been fortunate to have excellent realtors assist us with our past purchases in VA, GA, and IL. But, Chris and Robin not only made our experience here in MD as seamless as possible, they also remained helpful post-purchase as we settled in and got to know our new home and neighborhood.— Buyer
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Chris was awesome agent! We highly recommend her to anyone! She works hard to find you the best home for you! She was very helpful with us throughout the whole process and still cares to see what improvements we have done to our house! She was able with us to get a 2 bank short sale to closing table in one month!— Buyer
Chris recently helped my parents purchase a home as well as selling their current home. The buyers were to put it politely "difficult". Chris helped my parents manage all of the "problems" and "emergencies" and get the home sold for asking price. She even provided us with a moving truck. She is a super lady and all of my families real estate business will be going to her.— Seller
I met Chris through my daughter who purchased a home that Chris had listed. We had a home listed that was part of my mother's estate and Chris sold that home, and also listed another house that was part of the estate. Chris was awesome!!! What a charm, from her professional real estate knowledge, availability (always immediately available for any reason), listing, preview/slide show on website, free use of her moving truck, free staging, free minor repairs (that needed done per home inspection), I could go on and on! Awesome dinner party for past years clients, such a great person, who instantly became a friend! I would highly recommend Chris Re...— Seller
Very caring and willing to go the extra 10 miles for the client. Chris has responded quickly to all my questions and calmed my fears at very turn of the corner. I couldn't have found a more caring and responsive agent. Her bubbly personality shines through in everything she does. Team Reeder is GREAT!— Seller & Buyer
My wife and I have worked with Chris and her team both buying and selling a house in the area. She is a tireless worker. When buying a house we looked at over twenty houses before we found the right one for us. Once we even went out after a snow storm, had to shovel our way to the front door, and then didn't buy it. She helps you see both the potential and the short falls of whatever house you are contemplating. When we finally put an offer in on our current house, she helped us through the process and made excellent recommendations on people to fix those things which inevitably need to be done. When selling our house she was able to get an offer wi...— Seller & Buyer
Seriously, you can't go wrong with Chris. She has taken care of 11 or 12 properties for our family. Some selling and some buying. Yes 11 or 12. Her attention to detail is amazing. The amount of money she has saved us was great. Chris has great connections and is well respected by the realtors that have been involved in our buying and selling. Chris knows the market whether you are buying or selling. I could go on and on. Just know we have been so pleased with Chris and her Team that we keep going back. That says a lot about her. Oh even if you are going to a builder for a brand new home, take her with you. She saved us money there too.— Seller & Buyer
Chris patiently spent a lot of time with us while we tried to find the perfect home that would fit both of our needs. When the right home came along, she went out of her way to make sure we were happy. She communicated everything to us in a timely manner and stood behind us every step of the way, even helping us move, and providing a truck to do so. Would definitely use her expertise again, and have recommended her over and over to friends and family looking for a realtor.— Buyer
Christine is a honest nice caring person. I'm glad I picked her as my agent. She sold my condo that I didn't think could sell without me losing bad and gave me hope where I had none till I meet her! She sold it at more then I thought and even walked away with some money and a much smaller loss then I thought possible!! She provides a moving truck for you and it broke down so she even sacrificed her own very nice f150 truck so I could still get moved!! She explains everything to you so you know exactly what your getting into. She returns your call, text or email very fast. She listens to everything you say and helps you. She don't try to sell you wha...— Seller
Chris Reeder and team did a totally awesome and most professional job in marketing and selling my Condo!!! Outstanding video and still photo`s done by a professional contractor and posted on a myriad of marketing outlets. Under contract in 48 hours! Qualified buyer signed contract after viewing Condo online. Highest sales price of any Condo in that building in years. Flawless settlement. Chris gets the job done right the first time and working with her and team is a pleasure. Exceptional communication skills and follow up. Highest recommendation!!!— Seller
Chris and her team did an excellent job giving us advice on staging and selling strategy. She succeeded in helping us to get an offer on the house in just two weeks.— Seller
My husband and I were first time home buyers and very eager to find our dream home right away. We had a TON of questions and Chris was there to answer each and every one of them-even late at night and on weekends! Chris got us into our dream home-single family with an inground pool in our desired school district for $40k under budget! From her willingness to accommodate our hectic work schedules (she showed us our dream home on Memorial Day!) to providing us a free moving truck...Chris really goes the extra mile for her clients. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone.— Buyer
A pleasure to work with! A strong recommend, very responsive to all emails. Chris helped us to find a lovely townhouse in Urbana. She was also very knowledgeable about the area.— Buyer
This past spring, Chris and her husband Robin work with us to help my son and his family buy their first home. As a team they are wonder, and have skills that complement one another. They know the area and what's available. They were especially valuable in helping my son find the best value as a first time homeowner. Then after closing, they loaned us their truck, which make moving the household so much easier. We were successful and are very satisfied. In fact, my wife and I hope to use Chris and Robin when we are ready to sell our house. I recommend Team Reeder without reservations.— Buyer
Chris and her husband Robin were very enthusiastic and excited to list our home. Chris offered some advice via a staging firm, which we adopted using our own furniture but she contributed many of her own furnishings. After a drop in price, we got a contract at full price of our new lower price and we were very happy. Chris and her husband spent a day at our home cleaning and fixing things up and they were a big help as we got the photos done for the listing. She is very responsive when you email or call her. I would highly recommend Chris and her team as a real estate agent.— Seller
You can not find a better agent to buy or sell a house than Chris. I bought my first property from Chris in 2009. She knew the area well and guided us through our purchase making it look easy. She gave great advice but still let us make our own decision. We ended up getting a great price and a great house. Even after the sell she helped us find service professionals to help us with minor repairs. In 2015 when we decided to move the first phone call was to Chris. She and her team did a phenomenal job for us again. Chris is definitely the person you want in your corner when it comes to a major purchase of your home.— Seller & Buyer
Chris is a very professional agent. Her dedication and can do attitude are second to none. I would use her again and recommend her to my family and friends. I am confident she would do a excellent job for anyone.— Seller
Chris is such a nice lady with the sweetest of demeanors to complement her knowledge of the market in the area she serves. She is honest and will not tell you whatever you want to hear just to get your business. Her team is great, too! They work hard to market your home on all the well known sites, etc. Ours went under contract in less then a month in strangely slow market! I would recommend the Reeder team to anyone wanting to buy or sell a house.— Seller
Chris Reeder and Team Have impressed me in the 2 times she has helped me with the selling of my house. She will go out of her way to respond and take care of her customers. She is affective and deeply mined. When I talk to others about selling or buying houses the first words from my mouth are Chris Reeder and Team from Long and Foster. Chris listed my house in 2012 but we changed our minds after a couple of months and decided it was not the time yet. In 2015 Chris new I had been looking at houses in a different state and contacted me to see if I wanted to do FSBO that she had a client that would like to look at my house. It turned out her clie...— Seller
To potential clients, I had the privilege to have Chris Reeder as my realtor when I decided to buy my first house. She has been with me throughout the entire process (including while the house was being constructed) and if you need somebody who could represent you no matter what, she is going to do it and do it right for you. She has the experience and knowledge to get things done in a effective way, always backing you up. Chris goes with you far and beyond and I'm so glad I have had the opportunity to have her as my realtor.— Seller & Buyer
Chris Reeder is an excellent real estate agent. She is very precise and knowledgeable of the area and locations she shows. Chris worked very hard for us, making sure we didn't have any more concerns. Even after we purchased our first house we know her door is still open.— Buyer
When Chris Reeder and Team Reeder (specifically in my case, Robin) entered my life I was just recently widowed. I had so many questions and concerns about selling my house. Chris was just a phone call, text, or visit away to assure that all would run smoothly. Her staging team immediately swept in with joyful smiling faces and redesigned the entire house top to bottom. The staging was awesome! She kept me up-to-date on comments from each showing. The process was a whirlwind...the house sold in 8 days! Chris is truly humble when she says "she goes the extra mile for her clients." She does, and that's a good thing because a major process like ...— Seller
I purchased 1 home, and sold 1 home with Chris, and each time, the service, dedication, and diligence was top notch. I felt as if I was her only customer, and number 1 priority. She has great compassion for people, and goes above and beyond what any other realtor will do to help you accomplish your goals. There is simply no one better in the business!— Seller
Chris has helped our family buy 2 homes and sell 1. She made the whole process easy and stress-free. She is incredibly knowledgeable of the housing market and dedicated to her clients. We love working with her!!— Seller & Buyer
Chris Reeder is the real deal! I interviewed several agents and from the start she stood above the rest. She made me feel like I was her only client and followed this up with knowledge and professionalism. Her enthusiasm and spirit are authentic. Along with Robin and his expertise Team Reeder is hard to beat.— Seller
Chris helped me with a complicated short sale but made sure that everything went smoothly. She was extremely knowledgable and was always on top of things. She always got back to me immediately. She was so friendly and courteous and handled everything in the most professional manner. She even let me use her moving van to move my belongings, and then lent it to me again several months later. She is truly an amazing person and realtor. I highly recommend her to everyone and trust her completely.— Seller
When we retired and moved out of state, Chris & Robin helped us sell our house as well as two vacant lots we owned. It was a long process that was made easier by their attention to detail and responsiveness! We are grateful to them for their knowledge, professionalism and patience!— Seller
Chris and her team provided expert advice on the selling process. Their guidance and help were indispensable to making our house ready for sale, and it sold within days of listing. We were extremely satisfied with Chris's expertise and support, and especially with her results.— Seller
Chris is without a doubt a knowledgable, professional and most importantly honest realtor. Her guidance and advice were appreciated and her staging team were suberp. She was familiar with my neighborhood and priced my home appropriately. Also she had respect for me and my opinions and listened to my feelings and concerns. My home is now listed and my house looks great. Now I am wondering why I am even moving. It's called 4 little reasons in Buffalo! Thank you Chris!— Seller
Chris and Robin were amazing! Helped us find our historic row home in downtown Frederick for a great price. Great knowledge of older homes and their systems. Great guides through the entire process for first time home buyers like u— Buyer
We were contacted by Team Reeder within 30 minutes of my inquiry and after a conversation of what services we were requiring, were told that Sandra Quinn would contact us within 24 hours. Later that same day Sandra called and we discussed our situation and goals. Sandra is a 5 star real estate professional who listens and responds. We have not found "our home" in the Frederick area yet but will continue to work with Sandra until we do. She is super and I would recommend her to anyone relocating to the Frederick, MD area.— Buyer
Sophia is amazing! She gave us honest advice and helped us navigating the market. Her expertise helped our house shine and we had lots of viewings and an offer within a few days. We highly recommend Sophia as a real estate agent and will use her help again.— Buyer
Mrs. Richards is very professional, very kind and most important very caring. She put herself in my shoes when it came to finding a home where I would be comfortable, raise a family and accordable--it wasn't about getting paid it was about building relationship and community. Mrs. Richards stayed up many of late nights looking for what I wanted and was willing to go in any areas no matter the distance. If she didn't have the answer to a question she made it her business to find out for me. She is a team player in this market!— Buyer
Sophia was so helpful during our house buying process. She drove way out of her way for us many times as we were unsure of the exact area we wanted to purchase and was extremely patient with us throughout the long process. Sophia is fun to work with and highly knowledgeable! I would definitely recommend her for your home buying experience.— Buyer
Sophia is the best Realtor anybody can wish for, she is very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. She was a blessing in our buying home process. If I had to buy another house I will work with Sophia again.— Buyer
Maria is a joy to work with. She is very thorough and professional. She is also patient and very accessible. Maria is also very organized which allowed the purchasing process to run very smoothly. Maria is a friend for life.— Buyer
Our family used Sophia to find a new home to rent. She was vert attentive to what we wanted and she was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable about the area. I would definitely recommend Sophia for all of my friends and family as well as contact her when i need to find a new home for my family. She made the process easy and less stressful for me.— Tenant
Team Reeder looks forward to helping you, whether it is with selling your home or finding you a home for yourself, or as an investment. You can always depend on the team to be available to assist you at all times.