When Darlene Sells Your Home

Darlene makes selling your home a much easier process than you might expect. To enable Darlene to help you get the best possible price for your personal or investment property, there are steps that will need to be followed:

Your Personal Interview with Darlene or Her Listing Partner
This is probably the most important step. During this interview, you will be presented a complete market analysis of your home and market area. You will be advised as to what, if anything, needs to be done to your home to guarantee the highest possible sale price and to compete effectively with other homes currently on the market.

Listing Your Home with Darlene

There are many listing forms that will need to be completed to give Darlene and her team permission to facilitate the sale of your home. When the listing agreement is signed, Darlene and her team go into action!

1. The For Sale sign will be prominently placed. A lock box, exterior information box and interior features sheet stand will be placed on your property.
2. With your input, your property will be listed in the MLS (Charleston Multiple Listing Service).
3. Interior and exterior photos will be taken of your home.
4. Flyers and color feature sheets will be generated and placed in your home.
5. Darlene creates a personal website for your home.
7. Your home will be added to Darlene’s print and Internet advertising.
8. A Virtual tour will be created for your home and placed on the Internet.
9. Darlene’s buyers agents will preview your property.
10. Showings of your home will be scheduled by our Centralized Showing Service.

Showing Your Home
Showings will generate the most important thing for a home seller – a contract! Although it is inconvenient to keep your home presentable at all times, it is when you least expect it that you’ll get a call saying someone wants to see your home, “in 10 minutes.”

When a buyer is interested in seeing your home, our company appointment center (Centralized Showing Service) will notify you at the telephone number you designate. Our operator is required to verify the credentials of the agent that is interested in showing your home. Only then will the lock box at your home be released. We ask that you make every effort not to be present when your home is being shown so that the buyer can feel comfortable exploring your home, looking into closets and cabinets and trying to imagine actually living in your home.

After each showing, a “Client Care Specialist” will contact the agent who showed your home to ask for feedback from the prospective buyer who toured your home. Feedback and opinions will be shared with you and with Darlene. You will also have the option to view this feedback on line. If there is a second showing, Darlene will contact the buyer’s agent and attempt to facilitate an offer on your home. Anytime buyers are at your home for an extended period of time, please feel free to contact Darlene and she will contact the agent.

Offer to Purchase On Your Home

When an offer to purchase on your home is made, Darlene will contact you immediately and inform you of the terms of the contract. If you plan to go out of town, remember to leave a contact number with Darlene or the listing team. Experience dictates that we should expect a negotiating process – either verbally or in writing. Once the terms are agreed upon, the buyer’s agent will finalize the offer and present it to Darlene with earnest money. Darlene will then contact you for your signature.

Once You Are Under Contract

Just when you think, “Finally, I don’t have to vacuum everyday and make up the beds!” your buyer will want to conduct the home inspection. This is where the buyer insures that the home is in good condition and does not require any immediate repairs. The buyer’s agent will schedule the inspection with our “Closing Specialist.” You will be notified with the dates for the appropriate inspections. You can expect to be contacted with the schedule for the applicable inspections:
Basic Home Inspection will cover built-in appliances, electrical system, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, roof covering (flashing, gutters), doors and windows, exterior surfaces, structural components (foundation, columns, chimneys, floors, walls, ceiling, roof), porches, decks, fireplaces, flues, crawl space and attic ventilation systems.

Radon Gas, Well and Septic, Mold, Spa and/or Pool Equipment.

Repairs that the buyer requests and you agree to must be satisfactorily completed prior to the closing. Darlene can recommend skilled contractors to handle these repairs and they can be paid at closing.

Sellers should expect to pay at least 1 to 1.5% for home repairs requested by the buyer after the inspection.

Appraisal and Review Process

The buyer’s lender will contact your “Closing Specialist” to schedule an appraisal of the home. This is done by appointment and usually takes about one hour. As the home seller, you will not hear the results of the appraisal unless your home fails to appraise at the sale price. This is truly one call that Darlene hates to make.

Closing Day!

This is the happy day! Your part should take about thirty minutes. You will likely review the settlement statement with Darlene or your “Closing Specialist” prior to closing, so you will be familiar with the figures involved in the transaction. If you are unable to attend the closing, arrangements can be made for Darlene or your “Closing Specialist” to execute the settlement statement on your behalf. . Technically, a closing in South Carolina is at the time the deed is recorded with the Register of Deeds.




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