Home Selling Process


Selling Your Home in Northern Virginia?


Let me help you make the home selling easy for you.


Selling a home is a “process” not an event. Don’t treat it otherwise. I encourage my clients in the Northern Virginia area to begin their process as much as 8 months or more in advance of their anticipated move date. There are a number of factors that come into play when considering when to begin the process.


One obvious factor that heavily affects the outcome of your home sale is the current state of the market. If the current market suggests that it is a “buyer’s market,” more inventory supply and longer time to sell, you should get started with the process sooner than later. One not so obvious factor that determines when to get started with the home selling process is whether your property might need any repairs or improvements in order to get it into a competitive, show-able condition.


Many of the homes in our area are just beautiful, so you’ll need to make sure yours stands out!  Homes that are competitively Staged are usually more desirable to potential purchasers and will therefore bring more, thus you want to make sure that you have done all you can to get your property ready for the market. (click here for about staging homes)


Here’s how the home selling process works:

§ You decide to investigate moving.

§ You need to determine your existing home’s value and whether any repairs or improvements are necessary prior to placing it on the market.

§ You need a REALTOR to guide and assist you.

§ You contact Stella Mahaney for a Free No Obligation Consultation.


During your Free consultation, you will determine the following:

§ Estimated sales price for your home derived by a professionally prepared “comparative market analysis” of recently sold properties in your area that are similar to yours.

§ Estimated “net proceeds analysis” that suggests how much cash you are likely to retain from the sale of your home after all expenses are paid.

§ Free Tips and Secrets on how to prepare and stage your property to market your home for all its worth!



Listing Agreement


At this point you may or may not formalize a “Listing Agreement” with Stella to represent your home sale. This agreement comes with my unconditional pledge. (click here for my cancellation guarantee)


§ Make any necessary repairs or improvements that you consider to be viable & worthwhile

§ Begin “Pre-Marketing” Phase 1 of the property.

§ Buyers begin visiting your house for consideration.

§ Phase 2 marketing begins.

§ Purchase offer submitted by prospective buyer interested in your property.

§ Consider buyer’s offer and discuss with your agent. Accept, reject, or counter-offer.

§ Ratify purchase offer agreement. Congratulations, your property is “under contract.”

§ Phase 3 begins.

§ A series of inspections and contract contingencies begin, including but not limited to:

§ Home inspection

§ Radon inspection

§ Lender’s appraisal

§ Mold inspection

§ Termite inspection

§ Lead based paint inspection

§ Loan approval process

§ Closing walk-through

§ House and contract pass all inspections and contingencies.

§ Begin boxing up your belonging and personal effects. (click here for a helpful moving day checklist)

§ Moving truck arrives. Your house is now completely vacated and in broom clean condition, unless otherwise agreed to in the sales contract.

§ Pre-settlement inspection / walk-through.

§ Settlement / Closing at settlement agent’s office.



Investigate The Homeselling Process Now


If you are planning to move within the next 12 months, I strongly encourage you to begin your first step. Please complete the following fields on the right in order to investigate the next steps in your process.

There is no commitment no obligation while you are investigating this process further.


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Call us today for your FREE No Committment, No Obligation Consultation and Learn What Your Options Are.


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