Why have you decided to sell your property in Crested Butte? Have you outgrown your current home and wish to upgrade to a larger home? Have you decided to downsize to a smaller property? Have you discovered that you do not spend as much time in Crested Butte as you had originally anticipated? Are you moving to another area? The answers to these questions might seem obvious to you, however being clear about your intentions will help me as your Agent to determine the most appropriate steps to take depending on your specific real estate goals.
Before listing your Crested Butte home for sale, you should immediately establish your timeline for selling. If you need to sell your property quickly, it is important to thoroughly review the current market with your Agent in order to gain perspective of the current market values and available inventory. Regardless of what you originally paid for your property, your home will need to be priced competitively and realistically within the current market in order to sell promptly. If there is no pressing need to sell, you and your Agent can take time to review the current market and keep an eye on any changes to determine the most favorable time to sell.
Home values are NOT determined by the original purchase price of a property nor by what an individual might currently owe on their home. Home values ARE determined by the current market conditions and what Buyers are willing to spend. An experienced agent will work with you to determine your home’s actual worth by providing detailed up to date market information.
Is your Agent a full time realtor or a part time realtor? Is your Agent familiar with Crested Butte and the type of property that you are wanting to sell? Does your Agent utilize a wide range of marketing and advertising strategies? Is your Agent willing to provide your with references and examples of prior sales?
Your Agent should be capable of prompt and decisive action during the course of selling your Crested Butte property. Does your Agent make it a point to keep in touch with you on a consistent basis? Can your Agent be contacted easily by email or phone? Is your Agent acting as your advocate?
Does your Agent take the time to listen to your goals and clarify your needs? Can your Agent understand and empathize with your unique situation and be genuinely concerned about the outcome of the process? Your Agent is your guide and your partner throughout the entire sales process, so it’s very important to find an Agent that you get along with and most importantly, that you trust.
The final walk through takes place the day before (or day of) closing. The Buyer will visit the property to verify that everything is in working order. You will also be asked to sign closing papers certifying that the property was sold in satisfactory condition.
You will want to make sure that all of the services and utilities in your name are scheduled for shut off as of the date of closing. I can provide you with a list of the service providers and utility companies to help with this process.
While this is rare, even at the last minute potential issues can arise: something at the house isn’t working; the Buyer’s lender needs more time, or the closing documents are not delivered on time. Don’t worry! As your Agent, I am here to assist you and I know how to handle these issues professionally and efficiently.
The title company will furnish the Buyer and Seller with copies of the closing statements (also known as the HUD) prior to the actual closing date. These statements will itemize the financial obligations of each party required for closing. On closing day, you and the Buyer will sign the final documents and the title company will disperse the proceeds to you while the Buyer takes ownership. The title company will then record the executed documents at the County Recorder’s office and the transaction will be complete!