The Responsibilities of the Carlsbad Seller
Do You Know What They Are?
As agents we have a ton of responsibilities with any transaction, even before a listing has gotten an offer and we are on the way through the due diligence period. Many of those responsibilities are behind the scenes and are not visible to our clients, unless we tell them.
There are certainly plenty of responsibilities for Carlsbad sellers as well. Let’s talk about a few:
THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMIT TO THE PROCESS
Commitment covers a lot of territory, to name just a few
- commitment to selling the home, not just testing the market
- commitment to doing what will help sell the home and not standing in the way, such as making showings difficult and having a mess in your home
THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE DECISIVE
There are lots of decisions to be made, from deciding you are going to sell to what your next steps will be – rent or purchase another home? You must:
- Decide on the right REALTOR to help you (WHO is the best qualified person to help and WHO CARES ABOUT YOU, and NOT who gives you a certain price)
- Make decisions about showings, signage, lockboxes, and other listing details like “will certain appliances stay or go?”
- Be decisive when an offer comes in and during the escrow process.
THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE HONEST
This is not to imply you aren’t, but you need to be honest with everyone involved in the transaction, as well as honest with yourself about the goals you are trying to achieve. You must be honest in your disclosures and other information provided to your REALTOR, the buyers, escrow, and title.
THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMUNICATE
This occurs before the home is even listed, but becomes more essential once you are into the process. Just as agents must communicate with their clients, you have a responsibility to communicate when needed, and there are multiple ways to do so, e.g., text messages, emails, phone calls, face-to-face meetings.
THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK QUESTIONS
You need to ask questions about marketing, showings, negotiating offers and much more to understand the process of listing and selling your home. And other questions as they arise during the transaction.
THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DISCLOSE
Disclosures are a very important aspect of selling a home and may be either federally and state mandated. Not disclosing known defects and other issues about the house can get you in trouble. Your disclosures, however, do not relieve buyers from performing their own due diligence.
You, as the seller, have a significant vested interest in helping the home to sell, from listing at the right price to having the home look its best.
If you don't take responsibility, no one else will, and you won’t get what you want – your home sold quickly and for market value.