ACCEPTING AN OFFER
The highest price is not always the determining factor when accepting an offer. The initial offer is usually not final, and there are a number of terms and conditions that may influence the final outcome of a price. You can trust our professionals to help you navigate proposals to accept the best offer - from the best buyer!.Negotiating To Win
We take the ethical responsibility of fairly negotiating contracts. We put our clients first when evaluating each offer to help you make the right choice while keeping the buyer engaged.The Initial Agreement and Deposit
Once you and the buyer have come to an agreement, you will both sign the initial contract, or Purchase Agreement, and the buyer will place a deposit in the escrow account. An escrow, or closing agent, is either a title company or attorney who acts as the neutral third party that holds, receives, and distributes all funds associated with selling your property until the closing date.
Laws vary across states, but in order for an agreement to be legally binding, the agreement may require considerations. Considerations are deposits from the buyer held in the escrow account pending the fulfillment of contingencies or conditions in the Purchase Agreement.
Some important tips to keep in mind to streamline the process even further:
- Keep written records of everything. Counter-offers, verbal agreements, and addendums should all be recorded. Make sure both parties sign these written documents. We will help draft all written records and provide copies for both parties to keep.
- Stay on schedule. You and the buyer will be given a timeline to complete all contingencies laid out in the Purchase Agreement. Meeting the requirements on time ensures a smooth, more productive negotiation period. Staying on schedule will not only make the process less stressful, but it will guarantee neither party is in breach of their contract agreements. We will keep you updated throughout the process and prepare you for each step.
When you are ready to get started, call us at 312.439.7426 or complete this short form and one of our agents will be in touch.
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Tips For Selling
Give your house a deep clean
First impressions mean everything. Before you decide to list your home, give it a deep clean. This means cleaning toilets, wiping down surfaces, mopping floors, cleaning rugs and scrubbing bathrooms - and even consider calling in the professionals to ensure that your home is in the best condition it can possibly be.
Declutter the home
When a home is clutter-free, buyers are able to focus on the actual home instead of on the piles of mail, laundry, and general mess in your home. Potential buyers want to envision their items on your counter versus resisting the urge to clean up your mess. Decluttering and organizing your space will go a long way in appealing to potential buyers.
Call a handyman
When selling a house, you should make sure everything that needs to be fixed has been taken care of before listing a home. Potential buyers will come into your home knowing you took care of it, giving them more peace of mind.
Paint the walls
Not only is painting a great way to clean up the walls but making the overall color scheme neutral will increase the appeal to potential buyers, making it easier for them to envision their belongings in the house - get rid of any bright, outdated paint colors and go with a neutral palette throughout the house.
Staged homes tend to fill quickly because they feel homier - if you have neutral furniture that you can leave in the home, do it, otherwise consider a professional staging company.Depersonalize your home
You want to leave a few nice, framed photos around the house to make the home appear inviting and lived in, but in general, removing your very personal items, such as family photos will let the potential buyers see their photos in those places, versus yours.