How to Sell A House in Des Moines, IA

So you want to sell your house in Des Moines? 

One of the most common questions I hear is HOW do I sell my house? There are several things to take into consideration when considering a move.

When we sit down to talk about selling a house, here is what we cover in the initial consultation:

1. LIST PRICE. What are the current market conditions? Generally we start with the macro conditions, meaning we look at the entire market. For instance, right now Des Moines is experiencing record low inventbluegrasssoldory which impacts sellers in a big wa
y. With lower inventory, the general laws up supply and demand come into play. With less on the market, buyers have less to choose from. You may, perhaps gain a higher price for your house in this type of low inventory environment. We narrow market conditions all the way down to the neighborhood. How many houses are currently on the market in the area? What has sold recently that will give us an indication on where to price the house?

2.CONDITION. What do you need to update in order to make the house show in the best possible way? Staging can be very minimal and have a huge impact. Something as small as taking magnets off the fridge can make the house present far better in person and in photographs.

3. WHAT’S NEXT? When considering making a move, it is very important that you have a plan of action for what comes next. Even if you think you are qualified to buy that next dream home, it is vital that you meet with a lender to make sure you are on track. Before you put your house on the market, make sure you know where you are going next!

4. FIND YOUR ABSTRACT! In Iowa, the transfer of property requires the abstract be up to date. What is an abstract? It is that legal-sized document you were given when you purchased the house. An inch or two thick. It’s probably in a safe deposit box or storage if you don’t know where it is! If you don’t know where it is, we do have ways of tracking it down. Replicating an abstract can cost THOUSANDS, so it is worth your while to find it!

5. COST. Can you afford to sell your house? When meeting with a client, we break down expenses to be as accurate aspossible. We take into account all expenses including revenue stamps, tax proration and attorney fees to prepare documents. Find out what is left on your mortgage, so we can accurately predict what your check will be, or how much you will have to bring to close on the property.

These are just a few of the basics to get your house on the market. As a Realtor, my job is to protect your interests-financially and otherwise. If you have questions about how to sell your home, contact us today for a free seller consultation!




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