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Make It Easy To Sell Your Listing

Real Estate Agent with Innovative Realty Solutions Group BK3158345

I got my buyers to contract December 2, 2023. There are many issues getting things done so we can close that should have been collected at contract and put into the MLS. It has taken so long to get the needed information and close an open insurance claim which has caused unnecessary stress for everyone involved in the transaction. We finally have all docs needed and are cleared to close! Closing is set for Friday!

Here is a list of suggestions of items to be collected when you are listing the property. 

  • Collect the HOA or Condo docs and financials. If there is an application, get a copy of the form needed with all pertinent management info and fees.
  • Be sure all permits and insurance claims are closed.
  • Get a copy of their prior docs and mortgage statement(s).
  • Get a copy of the deed, tax records and utility bills. 
  • Get a list of updates, date done, cost of the updates.
  • Prior disclosures so you can easily complete the new disclosures.
  • Prior appraisal, if available.
  • Insurance records.
  • Manuals and warranties.
  • Consider a prelist home inspection, perform minor repairs or needed repairs and follow it up with an updated inspection.
  • A hazard report.

These documents make it easier when buyers and agents ask questions about the property. Many of them can be put into the MLS for review by the buyer and their agent.

Additionally, make it easy to show the listing. Agents can't sell what they can't show!

If you don't make it easy to show and sell your listings, you are doing your seller, your peers and yourself a disservice.

Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great advice Dee!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Make it easy to show the listing. Agents can't sell what they can't show! If you don't make it easy to show and sell your listings, you are doing your seller, your peers and yourself a disservice.

Jan 24, 2024 03:36 AM
Dee Toohey

I agree. Some need to get better at this. 

Jan 25, 2024 06:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dee. The listing agent failed to do their job if they were aware of the open issues and ignored them. Not all buyers would be as patient as yours. A listing agent should do their homework. Enjoy your day.

Jan 24, 2024 04:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It sounds as though this was a very frustrating transaction. Best wishes with the upcoming closing!


Jan 24, 2024 04:53 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Wonderful advice, Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Jan 24, 2024 05:09 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your tips will certainly make things easier for sellers when they are listing their homes for sale!

Jan 24, 2024 05:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dee, it does pay to be prepared when listing a home, and makes the transaction smooth.

Jan 24, 2024 06:06 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dee and great information to share with us on this subject here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Jan 24, 2024 08:53 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Dee Toohey, I'm Glad you finally got all the necessary information and heard my three favorite words: "Clear to Close."


Jan 24, 2024 09:54 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The more information the sellers collect on the home, the easier it is for a buyer to appreciate the property and make the decision to buy it.

Jan 25, 2024 10:52 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It’s true that Listing Agents must teach, coach and follow up their Sellers all through out the Transaction….

Feb 21, 2024 12:45 PM