Will things get
stolen when my property is listed?
some Sellers, one of the things to come to terms with is the
fact that people will be going through their homes. Having
sold many homes personally, we can understand that feeling of
"invasion of privacy". Although vandalism and
theft is rare when one's home is on the market, it can happen.
To minimize your chances of having something missing or broken,
take a walk through your home as if you were a potential buyer.
If there is anything that is precious or that you would
hate to go "missing"- put it away, keep it out of
sight until after the sale is firm.
The most commonly stolen items are those that are small
and right out in the open.
Can we continue to
sell the home ourselves?
When you sign a listing agreement, you are giving Royal
LePage Performance Realty the exclusive right to market and sell
your home. Our
business model is that of a full service real estate company.
However, you can still participate in letting all of your
friends and others know that your home is for sale; perhaps they
know of someone who wants to buy in your area. We can also offer
you a feature sheet to post at your workplace.
Can we list for a
short term such as 30
order to post a listing on the Ottawa Real Estate Board's
Multiple Listing Service (MLS®),
we need to follow their guidelines. 60 days is the minimum
listing. However, if
we are going to market your property and
pay the costs associated with selling your home, we need the
time to give it proper exposure. As
well, depending on the time of year or the area, the average
Days on Market (or selling time) may be 60 to 90 days. So
in order to do our best for you, we do not take 30 day listings.
Why do I need a sign
on the lawn?
only does the sign serve as a landmark for locating your home,
but potential buyers may be attracted simply by its presence.
Just like when you have a child or grandchild, you all of
a sudden notice babies and baby toys everywhere you go, it is
that way with buyers. Once they have made the decision to buy,
they start noticing real estate ads and signs all over the
place, both consciously and unconsciously. It has been our
experience over the years that there are many people who still
drive around looking for "For Sale" signs in areas
that they would like to live. We would hate for you to miss out
on a buyer finding your home that way!
Is it better to buy or sell first?
is no easy answer to this question. Either way you will probably
have a few sleepless nights!
Most times we find that people prefer to sell first,
unless you know that the market is "hot" on your
street and you are confident your home will sell quickly. Once
your property is listed for sale, we will begin to view
properties, so that you can narrow down the areas you want to
live. We can put on the listing that we need a longer possession
date of the home you are selling in order to give us time to
find a place, and then we can co-ordinate your new move in date.
Either way, you will
want to speak with your lender to ensure you will have the funds
to close, in the rare case that the two dates do not coincide.
When you purchase a home before your sells, there is a greater
risk that you will own two homes when you take possession of the
new one. Many times, a Seller will not allow a "First
Refusal", which is where a Seller has accepted a Buyer's
offer, conditional upon the Buyers selling their home by a
certain date. We have seen all too often how devastating
it can be for a buyer to have to let go of the home they
fell in love with, because theirs did not sell, and they cannot
afford to own both homes.
an Exclusive Listing and an MLS® listing the same?
almost always would prefer your home to be listed on the
Multiple Listing Service (MLS®).
An Exclusive Listing would be between Royal LePage Performance
Realty, all of its salespeople and you, the Seller. Other
Realtors® and the public would not know about your home being
for sale, unless they saw it advertised or a sign. There are
only a few circumstances where we would recommend an Exclusive
listing. It is
almost always to your advantage to have all of Ottawa’s approximately
2700 realtors seeing your listing, because any one of them
may have a buyer just waiting for a home like yours to come
Should we have Open
most people start their search for a home on the internet, there
are still many buyers who drive around the areas they like, just
looking for “for sale” and “open house” signs.
We think open houses are very important.
Buyers who have come into our open houses have told us
that they came to see the home by themselves because they did
not want to “bother” their agent. Other times there are
buyers who have not yet contacted an agent, but want to find
that perfect home first. We have seen several times where, after
holding an open house, a buyer has called their agent and told
them about the home, and we have then received an offer.
We do our open houses about every 3 weeks, between 2-4pm
the first weekend, and after that mostly from 1-2:30 pm. We have
found that buyers who are serious show up before the rest of the
open houses begin. Adhering to these times allows a better
concentration of buyers to your home.
We try to minimize your risk by ensuring that anyone
coming through “signs in”.
We do not allow children to run freely, and take your
trust in us looking after your home very seriously.