Fort Wayne Home Seller FAQ... And Some Answers.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

Are you considering selling your home in Fort Wayne but have questions?  Here are some FAQ and some answers...


Where do I start??


The first place to start is to find a local Realtor® in Fort Wayne that can help guide and assist you with the sale of your home.  You can easily do this by searching online or asking your friends, family, or acquaintances for a reference.  Or you can just call us.  


What questions should I ask?


Once you find a Realtor® or two, feel free to interview them.  Ask them questions like:  How many sellers did you help last year?  How many of your listings do you sell?  What is the primary source of marketing you use for your listings?  What is the average days on market for your listings?  What percentage of list price do your listings sell for?


What do I need to do to get my home ready to sell?


Once you decide to sell your home and put it on the market, it is no longer your home.  It is a product.  This product needs to appeal to the masses.  De-cluttering and de-personalizing this product is key.  Hiring a professional home stager may be in order as well.  Landscaping and curb appeal are very important.  Each situation is different, and we will be able to help you decide exactly what you need to do to get your home ready.


How long are homes sitting on the market in Fort Wayne?  How is the market in general?


Right now the Fort Wayne real estate market is as hot as it's been for sellers in over a decade.  Good inventory is extremely low and sellers are getting 95 - 98% of list price on average.  Days on market over the last 6 months are around 80 on average, and in Northwest and Southwest Allen County that number is closer to 60.  Each situation is different.  We can cover more details when we meet.


Do I need to leave the home during a showing?


Yes.  100% yes.  Please take all animals as well.  Most showings take around 30 minutes.  You will be given plenty of notice by our staff before a showing.


Should I expect to pay closing costs for the buyer?


Not necessarily, but most buyers in the average price range will need help with their closing costs.  That amount is usually $2,500 - $3,000.  Again, each situation is different and everything is negotiable.


How much commission does a Realtor® charge?


Commission is negotiable.  Most agents will have a set amount that they normally charge.  The seller pays both the listing agent's commission and the buyer's agent commission.  Remember though, if you can out negotiate a Realtor® at a listing appointment, do you really want them negotiating on your behalf with other professinals?  Just  thought...  


What do I have to disclose?


When we list your home, we have you fill out a Seller's Disclosure.  This is a form that covers everything in the home.  You simply disclose what you know about the condition of the home.  If you know the roof is bad, you need to disclose that.  


Should we list it high so we have room to negotiate?


It depends.  If we think that your home is going to sell for approximately $250,000, pricing the home at $262,500 isn't unreasonable.  Listing it at $300,00 is.  90% of buyers today are going to get a mortgage when they buy.  Their lender will require an appraisal on the home, and if it's priced at $300,000 and the market dictates a $250,000 sales price, the home will never appraise for that $300,000.


How long of a contract do I have to sign?


That's negotiable.  We normally sign a 6 month contract with our sellers, and we normally sell the home long before the contract is up.  


Do I really need a Realtor® to help me?


Not always.  Some Realtors® will scream from the mountain tops that you always, ALWAYS need a Realtor® to help you sell your home.  That's not necessarily true.  There are some folks that have enough knowledge and help to do it themselves.  That said, MOST SELLERS DO INDEED NEED A REALTOR® TO HELP THEM SELL THEIR HOME.  It's an incredibly complicated process that the general public is not educated about.  We live, eat, and breathe real estate and everything that goes into it.  Our advice is to use a Realtor®.


If you are considering selling your home in Fort Wayne, we would love the opportunity to serve you and add you to our long list of happy home sellers.  We look forward to hearing from you and answering every single question we have listed above.  Heck, we'll even answer MORE if you have them.  We hope to hear from you soon!






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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.


Jared Christiansen is a business partner and in charge of marketing and taking care of things behind the scene.


Enough about us...


Tell us what you want your real estate experience to be, and we will do it YOUR way.


Buying a home in Fort Wayne? Tell us your wants and needs. Let us know how you envision your family living.  Tell us what's important to YOU, and we'll find the community and home that fits.  


Selling your home in Fort Wayne?  Our job is to make you the most money possible in the shortest amount of time. We offer our sellers professional staging, professional photography, and more internet marketing than most. 


We are committed to giving you everything we have to offer.  We are both full time agents and will work around your schedule.  Do nights and weekends work better for you?  NO PROBLEM. We are here to help YOU at YOUR convenience.


Amanda can be reached at 260-704-0843, and Jared can be reached at 260-704-0842, or you can email us at, or




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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Amanda and Jared~ Great way to educate the public. Every market is different and sellers in Fort Wayne need to know the answers to questions in their area.

May 21, 2013 05:35 AM #1
Chris Sanderson
North Eastern Group Realty - Fort Wayne, IN

Well said, Jared!  Wondering if you'd like to do a little cutting and pasting and be the first Realtor guest-blogger for  Get at me, sir!



May 21, 2013 05:54 AM #2
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thanks for the kind words Donna!  

Chris:  COUNT ME IN!  Do I need to do anything or will you handle it?  As you know, I LOVE RUOFF HOME MORTGAGE!

May 21, 2013 05:57 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Some great questions that should be asked by not just those in the Ft. Wayne area.

May 21, 2013 09:19 PM #4
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

All great points.  I especially like the one about the pets.  Hate it when there's a sign "Don't let the cat out".  If you don't want the cat out then put it in a cage or take it to the neighbors.

May 21, 2013 10:07 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Nice list of questions Jared. Fort WAyne sellers had best call you and Amanda for their home selling needs.

May 21, 2013 11:48 PM #6
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Jared, great post highlighting seller FAQ's. I especially like your response on commission, very true. Anyone looking to buy or sell in the Fort Wayne area would be doing themselves a favor by contacting you and Amanda!

May 22, 2013 01:39 AM #7
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thank you all for the kind words.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment.  Have a great rest of your week!

May 22, 2013 01:53 AM #8
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