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A Step-by-Step First Time Seller's Guide

Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced team of real estate agents and this easy to follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.


Step 1: Understand Why You're Selling

What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Do you want to make a certain amount of money that you can put toward a larger or nicer home? Do you need to sell it as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. For example, if you need to sell quickly, you might want to price your home lower than if your goal is to make a certain profit margin. Make sure you convey these needs to your team of Real Estate Agent once you choose one so they can adjust your selling price accordingly.


Step 2: Determine Selling Price

Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a fair price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Overpricing your home could lead to reduced interest, and underpricing leads to receiving less than what your home is worth. Working with a team of real estate agent is the best way to determine the right selling price for your home. A team of real estate agent with experience can determine what other comparable homes are selling for, evaluate the current market, and may even suggest a home appraisal.


Step 3: Start Preparations

If you’ve kept your home in showroom condition since you’ve lived in it, you’re in the minority of homeowners. Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. This includes getting rid of clutter, depersonalizing the space so that buyers can envision themselves in the space, making any small repairs, and doing a deep clean to make sure your home is in pristine condition.

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Step 4: Develop a Marketing Strategy

We will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. This involves listing the home and then driving the right people to that listing through social media campaigns, agent-to-agent referrals, traditional media, or SEO advertising. Our team creates a marketing campaign that aims to get the most possible traffic to your listing in the first three weeks after becoming a client.


Step 5: Evaluate Offers

Receiving an offer is an exciting part of the process, but it doesn’t mean the journey is over. We will evaluate each offer and make sure the party making the offer is prequalified or pre-approved by a mortgage lender and that their offer is acceptable to you. If the offer is too low, you can make a counter-offer or offer other ways to bridge the gap, such as covering some or all of the closing costs, making repairs, adjusting the move-in date, or leaving some appliances or fixtures for the new buyer.


Step 6: Accept an Offer

Once we deem the offer is acceptable, we will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them. When both parties have agreed to the term, a final contract will be prepared by your team of real estate agents.

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Step 7: Get Ready to Close

You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. But first, you and the buyer must make a list of what needs to be done before closing. In some cases, your home may need to be formally inspected, surveyed, and appraised. In other cases, major or minor repairs will need to be made before the house can close. We will head up efforts to develop and execute this list, get each action item paid for by the correct party, and make sure everything is in order by the closing date. A few days before the closing date, we will call the company closing the transaction to make sure everything is ready to go. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to make arrangements to move out of the home so the new buyer can take possession.


Step 8: Close

You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. We will meet with the company closing the transaction to sign the final paperwork and go over any issues that have not yet been taken care of. During this time, you can also make plans with your team of Real Estate Agent to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.


Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.


Purchased My Florida home out of state and she continues to help post-closing keeping me informed and supplying me with contacts for all my needs.

— Laurie R.


Jennifer went the extra mile for us and was very accessible throughout the entire process. I can’t imagine anyone outworking her.

— Russ K.


Would give 6 stars to Jennifer if possible. Very friendly, kind, organized, dedicated, helpful, and very involved in the whole process. Willing to help and go the extra distance above and beyond to facilitate the process. Would recommend her with no reservations.

— Luis S.


Jennifer has worked diligently to make sure we have all of our needs met. She is very conscientious about making sure we are happy with the house we chose. Thank you, Jennifer!

— Seth W.


I have worked with Jennifer on multiple home purchases and sales and will again, as needed. She is a top-notch realtor who knows the Suncoast area and market.

— Jennifer C.


Jennifer was diligent and followed through to make the deal happen! We appreciated her knowledge, availability, and communication throughout the process of purchasing our home!

— Cindy T.


Jennifer is a wonderful realtor. She provides you necessary time and is an excellent communicator. She really hustled for us and was available at our convenience. We were very pleased with her service.

— Debbie T.


Thank You for everything you did making it easier for us in the purchase of the Villa. Thanks again you making it a smooth transaction and answering all of our questions.

— Roy W.


We are at a loss for words and cannot describe how helpful Jennifer was with our purchase of a condo on Siesta Key. She went way out of her way to help us with the process of buying and closing. She deserves the award for Realtor of the Year in Florida. No correction in all of the United States. She is amazing and very knowledgeable. Jennifer as you know we cannot thank you enough. Hope that we can remai...

— Mike & Kathe S.


Jennifer is amazing, amazing. We went through months of craziness with me making multiple offers, having houses go into probate, and having me do a two-week trip to Japan in the middle of our house hunting. I put her through a workout that would have killed a lesser realtor. She was unfailingly energetic, funny, optimistic, and often went WAY above and beyond the call of duty to help me and my family fin...

— Stephanie F.


Our agent was very good at helping us through the buying process and answering any questions. We would recommend her to friends!

— Sharon W.


My husband and I fell in love with Siesta Key and Sarasota. We were fortunate to meet Jennifer when we walked into the Michael Saunders office in Siesta Key. She listened to us and provided us with a great deal of information and, was not at all pushy. We felt very comfortable with her from the moment we met her and, are thrilled with our new home. She continues to be a great help and, offers guidance as...

— Lorraine S.


Jen is an excellent, ethical, and honest realtor who delivers! She has helped me with multiple real estate transactions and I highly recommend her. In addition, she has great staging ability and this helps sell your house. Please consider Jennifer for your real estate needs. I highly recommend her.

— Debbi N.


Jennifer Thompson is by far the best realtor in Siesta Key! I ran from another realtor when I saw her open house sign. She immediately spotted my buying stress and reached out to help me. By all standards, she is professional, knowledgeable, and hard-working for her clients. I can say with all honesty that this realtor should be recognized for her outstanding services to her clients. Her employer should ...

— Carole B.


We likely would not have moved to Siesta Key if not for Jennifer's knowledge of the area and her patience during the six-month search for our new home. After we found our new home, she professionally navigated us through all of the questions and concerns we had during the pre-closing period; no easy task considering it all unfolded during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. After closing, we were unable...

— Robert H.


Jennifer did a marvelous job on our two transactions! We sold one house and bought another almost simultaneously. There were many dates and events to follow up on. Jennifer never lost the way and both closed within one week of another. Plus, she was very responsive in following up on our questions.

— Al H.


Jennifer was amazing to work with when we purchased our condo on Siesta Key. I trusted her as I did not even see the condo before we wrote the offer. She is on top of it for sure! I would highly recommend Jennifer Thompson to anyone buying from in-state or out-of-state. I am a realtor myself in Columbus Ohio and she has my support!

— Lizzie M.


Our buying experience with Jennifer was perfect she was always in our corner. She understood what we were looking for in relocating from the Midwest and with her depth of experience and knowledge of the area and market we found the perfect house in a great area. Jennifer was very willing to help us in all areas of the sale and relo including setting up new utility service and even finding an inspector, i...

— Carol


Jennifer is one of the hardest-working people I have met. My husband and I live in PA, and Jennifer quickly responded to all calls or emails and helped us purchase the perfect condo (sight unseen) within 4 days of the property being listed. She also provided a list of inspectors, attorneys, contractors, and other service providers all of whom were top-notch. She knows the area well and I would highly rec...

— Kristin R.


Jennifer is an outstanding agent, enjoyable to work with, and incredibly responsive ("always working" as she says) and she means it! We were impossible clients and changed our minds and cities several times and she never failed to rapidly adjust and do what was necessary. She's also very focused on looking out for her clients and will always give an honest opinion. If I move again my first call will be t...

— Michael G.

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