Eight steps to selling your home

Eight steps to selling your home

  1. Define your needs. Write down all the reasons for selling your home. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?” For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move. For your goals, write down if you’d like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin. Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.
  2. Name your price. Your next objective should be to determine the best possible selling price for your house. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. You will need to take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and state of the overall market in your area. It’s often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so your real estate agent’s expertise is invaluable at this step. Your agent will know what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood and the average time those homes are sitting on the market. If you want a truly objective opinion about the price of your home, you could have an appraisal done. This typically costs a few hundred dollars. Remember: You’re always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell. If your home sits on the market for too long, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property. Often, when this happens, the seller has to drop the price below market value to compete with newer, reasonably priced listings.
  3. Prepare your home. Most of us don’t keep our homes in “showroom” condition. We tend to overlook piles of boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or windows that stick. It’s time to break out of that owner’s mindset and get your house in tip-top shape. The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to offer. First impressions are the most important. Your real estate agent can help you take a fresh look at your home and suggest ways to stage it and make it more appealing to buyers. * A home with too much “personality” is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos and personalized d?cor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs. * Make minor repairs and replacements. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer’s first impression. * Clutter is a big no-no when showing your home to potential buyers. Make sure you have removed all knick-knacks from your shelves and cleared all your bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.
  4. Get the word out. Now that you’re ready to sell, your real estate agent will set up a marketing strategy specifically for your home. There are many ways to get the word out, including: * The Internet * Yard signs * Open houses * Media advertising * Agent-to-agent referrals * Direct mail marketing campaigns In addition to listing your home on the MLS, your agent will use a combination of these tactics to bring the most qualified buyers to your home. Your agent should structure the marketing plan so that the first three to six weeks are the busiest.
  5. Receive an offer. When you receive a written offer from a potential buyer, your real estate agent will first find out whether or not the individual is prequalified or preapproved to buy your home. If so, then you and your agent will review the proposed contract, taking care to understand what is required of both parties to execute the transaction. The contract, though not limited to this list, should include the following: * Legal description of the property * Offer price * Down payment * Financing arrangements * List of fees and who will pay them * Deposit amount * Inspection rights and possible repair allowances * Method of conveying the title and who will handle the closing * Appliances and furnishings that will stay with the home * Settlement date * Contingencies At this point, you have three options: accept the contract as is, accept it with changes (a counteroffer), or reject it. Remember: Once both parties have signed a written offer, the document becomes legally binding. If you have any questions or concerns, be certain to address them with your real estate agent right away.
  6. Negotiate to sell. Most offers to purchase your home will require some negotiating to come to a win-win agreement. Your real estate agent is well versed on the intricacies of the contracts used in your area and will protect your best interest throughout the bargaining. Your agent also knows what each contract clause means, what you will net from the sale and what areas are easiest to negotiate. Some negotiable items: * Price * Financing * Closing costs * Repairs * Appliances and fixtures * Landscaping * Painting * Move-in date Once both parties have agreed on the terms of the sale, your agent will prepare a contract.
  7. Prepare to close. Once you accept an offer to sell your house, you will need to make a list of all the things you and your buyer must do before closing. The property may need to be formally appraised, surveyed, inspected or repaired. Your real estate agent can spearhead the effort and serve as your advocate when dealing with the buyer’s agent and service providers. Depending on the written contract, you may pay for all, some or none of these items. If each procedure returns acceptable results as defined by the contract, then the sale may continue. If there are problems with the home, the terms set forth in the contract will dictate your next step. You or the buyer may decide to walk away, open a new round of negotiations or proceed to closing. Important reminder: A few days before the closing, you will want to contact the entity that is closing the transaction and make sure the necessary documents will be ready to sign on the appropriate date. Also, begin to make arrangements for your upcoming move if you have not done so.
  8. Close the deal. “Closing” refers to the meeting where ownership of the property is legally transferred to the buyer. Your agent will be present during the closing to guide you through the process and make sure everything goes as planned. By being present during the closing, he or she can mediate any last-minute issues that may arise. In some states, an attorney is required and you may wish to have one present. After the closing, you should make a “to do” list for turning the property over to the new owners. Here is a checklist to get you started. * Cancel electricity, gas, lawn care, cable and other routine services. * If the new owner is retaining any of the services, change the name on the account. * Gather owner’s manuals and warranties for all conveying appliances.

Log Home sold in Clark Fork Idaho Rain Silverhawk

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Kim and Troy it was an extreme pleasure to help you sell your Clark Fork home.   I wish you both many wonderful years on your new path in life.  Thank you Spencer Millsap of Keller Williams Realty in Spokane Washington for your referral.  Spectacular North Idaho log home on 5 level usable acres of mature trees, pasture and privacy. This 3 bedroom 2 bath log home has a covered front porch, beautiful wood floors large kitchen and open floor plan plenty of windows. 2 car garage with shop, chicken coop, deep frost free water lines, fenced yard for dogs, partially fenced pasture for horses Rv parking, and circle drive-way with electronic push button gate opener with bell. A jetted tub in the master suite and main floor bath is handicap accessible with walk in tub and grab bars. Woodshed, flower beds and large fenced garden with raised beds. Close into Clark Fork and thousands of acres of USFS to play around on. Looking for a home just like this, call Rain Silverhawk 208-610-0011
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

Congrats on your new home in Sandpoint Idaho sold by Rain Silverhawk

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Congratulations Patrice and Webbo on your new home in Sandpoint.  We have been through alot of real estate transactions together and it is always a pleasure to help you with each new real estate step.  Wonderful 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a 2 car garage situated on nearly half acre at the end of the cul de sac. The home features an open floor plan spacious living area with cathedral ceilings and a loft for overnight guests. Decks off the front and the back of the home for outdoor entertainment and a “tree house” in the back yard for play. Acres of common area that includes Sand Creek and a pond. Sandpoint home sold by Rain Silverhawk of Keller WIlliams Realty.
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Another land parcel sold in Boundary County Rain Silverhawk

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Thank you Ed for putting your faith in me to sell your parcel of land.  Picturesque meadow edged with trees and graced by breathtaking mountain views. Private 10 acre parcel with seasonal creek area of nice luxury homes and cabinet water hook ups, electric, phone are all available. A perfect place to put your North Idaho dream home and enjoy the elk and deer that already call this home.
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

SOLD! Closed Escrow on 20 acres with creek

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Congratulations Tino and Gina for selling this parcel as well as  to some very patient and persistant buyers for getting a beautiful place to build their getaway.  USFS borders two sides of this beautiful 20 acres of trees, views, outcroppings and meadows. Quiet and peaceful with easy access with driveway in to a natural building pad overlooking the meadow. You can also develop the road up to the top for some spectacular views of the mountains, valley and river from the upper levels. The Creek flows in two directions on this property. Electric, phone and DSL to the property plus cell phone coverage and it passed a perc test in the past. Minutes to Sandpoint and walking distance to a State Park.
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

Every good book may come to an end but you get to start a new one.

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As a real estate agent I constantly see people that are making major changes in their lives.  Perhaps it is relocation for a new job , a marriage or divorce or just a need for change.  Change is the one constant in our lives that is ever present. If you like reading, then you know the feeling when you finish a good book. The ones you stay up all night reading because you got to the end of the chapter that you were reading, but just couldn’t put it down. This happens to us in life as well. No book can go on forever. Its true that some authors may create a series that keep us hooked for page after page, book after book. But every book, and every series, must come to an end. And sometimes in life, our chapters come to an end.  I was reminded recently that just like reading a book is that these moments in life may be different or unexpected but are nothing to fear. As we reach those eclipses of life, those turning points we tend to resist them grieve over them, pretend they are not happening. What do you normally do when you arrive at the grief of a finished book? Well, you start another one of course.What book are you starting? You may not even know yet what book you are finishing. Or maybe you do, but you just haven’t quite mustered up the courage to make that final call. Either way, know that no matter what book or chapter closes for you, the reason for this book closing is because, you are done with it. Plain and simple. Grieving the change is only going to cost you valuable time and energy. It is what it is, and it isn’t going to change. Changes happen to us for a reason, and pretending they aren’t happening isn’t the way to grow towards the path we need to take.  So what do you need to do next? Start another book. Go onto the next chapter. You get to start a fresh new page. What will that be?
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Indoor pool, bookcase doors, revolving mirror door 3180 sq ft of fun

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It is not too often we get to have a pool with a home in this area.  This one has an energy efficient cover to keep it heated.  What  a fun listing this is.  Press a book and open the bookcase door to enter the master bedroom.  Swing the revolving mirror around to enter the master bath.  Such neat and whimsical touches all through out the house, this one is a must see!!!   Indoor lap pool, secret bookcase door to the master bedroom and a revolving mirror door to the bath are just a few of the wonderful surprises in this 3180 sq ft 4 bedroom 2 bath cedar sided home. Situated on 1.05 acres with southern exposure, attached 1224 sq ft garage shop office and this parcel adjoins USFS land. Craftsman details Hand Peeled Logs, tongue and groove Ceilings, Wood Floors. Energy efficient hydronic heat, outdoor wood boiler, air exchange and radon abatement system. Walkout basement, den overlooking great room, pool room with waterfall mural, spiral staircase, fantastic mountain views, fenced garden with arbor and raised beds, fruit trees, green house, upscale chicken coop, covered decks, abundant wildlife, and maintained roads. Ride your ATV on the trails or go down to the nearby river and enjoy this one of a kind North Idaho home. $320,000Call Rain Silverhawk to see this listing today.208-610-0011 
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Hope Idaho on the North shore of Lake Pend Oreille

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Picture perfect sunsets and expansive lake views dotted with islands, is how most people remember Hope. Just 12 miles from Sandpoint, on the North shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Hope found its begining with the building of the Northern Pacific Railroad which has since settled into two unique cities. Hope and East Hope and the name I love Beyond Hope on the Sam Owen Game preserve on the Hope peninsula.In the height of its time, Hope was a bustling town of 3000. Quite a bit of the labor to make the railroad were Chinese, brought over under 25 year contracts, Once the railroad was finished many made their home in Hope. The Historic Hotel Hope, was built by Joseph M. Jeannot in 1897 and still watches over Lake Pend Oreille. In the basement are the tunnels that once allowed guests to go to the railway station. Hotel Hope has seem many faces over the years, including Teddy Roosevelt, Bing Crosby, J.P. Morgan, and Gary Cooper.  Hotel Hope is for sale right now.  Today the town isn’t nearly as full, but you can get a great meal on the floating restraunt or rent a boat at the Hope Marina. Just beyond the marina on the peninsula is the Sam Owen Campground, with over 80 campsites, a wonderful beach, and boat ramp, Sam Owen ranks as one of North Idaho’s finest settings. You will want to drive slow through the area as hundreds of whitetail deer make this preserve their home. In the fall and winter Bald Eagles are often seen watching the water for their next meal. See Hope Idaho homes for sale If you are looking for commercial space to live and work be sure to check out the new listing on 218 W. Main St, Hope ID 83836
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Small town of Clark Fork Idaho on the scenic byway

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Photo taken by Sam Silverhawk overlooking Derr Island
Clark Fork
When coming in from Montana, Clark Fork Idaho is the port of entry to the gorgeous Pend Oreille Scenic Byway along Highway 200. Clark Fork is a small town with the population of 578 but has always been a draw for people seeking the peace and quite that mountain lifestyle has to offer. A large portion of the land is owned by the state and provide the perfect play ground for outdoor recreation.   The most prominent feature Clark Fork, Idaho is the clark Fork river which feeds Lake Pend Oreille the largest lake in Idaho. Much of the area was formed by glaciers and catacalizmic floods. Just about where the Cabinet Gorge dam now stands was a mile high ice dam which formed the Great Lake missoula. (which was the size of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario combined.) The ice dam failed repeatedly with each glacial advancement, causing cataclysmic floods that swept through Idaho and Washington and Oregon. These towering walls of water and glacial ice moved at such tremendous speeds that researchers believe the lake may have empties in as little as 2 to 3 days.Our first inhabitants were the Flathead indians. Meriweather Lewis and William Clark explored the area during the 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1864 Northern Pacific Railroad started construction on a railroad line between Lake Superior and Puget Sound. In 1881 construction on the transcontinental line through the Bitterroot and Cabinet Mountains had begun and with the railroad the towns of Clark Fork and Hope were formed.In 1916 a bridge was constructed over the Clark Fork River and ridding the area of the need to operate a ferry. Located at the northeast end of Lake Pend Oreille on the Clark Fork River, this small but active community hosts a full range of outdoor activities, restaurants, and lodging. The Cabinet Gorge dam is just upstream and supplies power to the area. Also upstream is the Cabinet Gorge fish hatchery, designed to handle 20 million Kokanee salmon annually. Clark Fork offers great fishing, wildlife and bird watching, Mountain Biking, Miles of National Forest Service Trails and small town friendliness.
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Large Shop 3128 sq ft home on 10 acres in Idaho $299k

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Gourmet Kitchen

 

 216 WOLVERINE DR Cocolalla Idaho 83813

Enjoy the N Idaho lifestyle in this private 3128 sq ft 3 bed 3 bath home. All the rooms are huge with an 18×16 gourmet kitchen with center island, many custom oak cabs, tile floor & counter tops. Dining room, living room are open to the kitchen and home is heated by both Hydronic heat, and a wood stove and has a back up generator. Plenty of room for your toys in the 30×40 shop insulated/heated with large roll up doors, and leanto on both sides. Watch the wildlife from screened in porch on 10 beautifully treed acres with mountain views.

$299,000

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