Why Sell With Belinda?
EXPERTISE, ENTHUSIASM & ENERGY!
EXPERTISE: Over 20 years of full time experience selling multiple price ranges and towns. Selling a home can be exciting, stressful, happy or sad – there are many emotions involved and I take time with my clients to make them feel confidant and safe in the process. Honest and open Communication is very important.
I know how to market a home, and how to find that buyer quickly. I can advise the seller what to do to make the home more attractive to buyers – providing good reliable names of contractors to help get the house ready if necessary. I am involved in every part of this process. Knowing the local market – I can confidently and realistically price a home. Professional working relationships with other Realtors is critical, they respect and communicate well with me.
ENTHUSIASM: I love my job and it shows. I talk real estate all day long; sometimes it takes creativity, ‘thinking outside the box’ to sell a particular home. I do not give up! I have extensive client/buyer and agent lists so that I can email new listings, announcements etc.
ENERGY: I work full time and make sure I attend the weekly Realtor house tours so that I am up-to-date on all local listings, pricing, etc. I will not stop until there is a ‘sold’ sign in your yard.
Marketing Your Home
Every home is unique and I have a marketing plan to adjust accordingly.
The internet is the #1 sales tool, ask me what we do!
What’s Your Home Worth?
Is this the right time to sell? what can I sell my house for?
I offer a confidential and complimentary comparative market analysis to answer those questions and more for you.
Escrow: All deposits are held in a private escrow account under Realty Executives. At closing, Real Estate commissions, any town inspection costs etc will be itemized and taken from the deposit with the excess going to the seller; or if not enough funds are escrowed, then the closing statement will adjust from the sales price.
Septic system: Most areas of Cape Cod have private Title V septic systems. By law, these have to be inspected by a licensed professional when a house transfers. The passing inspection is good for 2 years. I feel that it is important for a home owner to have their system inspected before we put it on the market. If you wait until after you have negotiated an offer, you may have an expensive repair that you had not budgeted on. The cost for an inspection is anywhere from $350 – $500 depending on town charges, the inspector, size of system etc
Oil tanks: A few towns have local laws about oil tanks. If your oil tank is 10 years or older, then the town says you have to replace with a double lined new tank. Depending on accessibility, the cost for removing the old tank and replacing with new is approx $2500.
It is customary for a seller to fill up the oil tank before closing and then the buyer will reimburse the seller at closing for a full tank of oil. Propane gas tanks are handled the same way.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms: All towns require that the smoke detectors are less than 10 years old, and the CO detectors are less than 5 years old. Each town has variations on this law depending on the age or any renovations to the home. I can help you with this.
Water: Final water readings of town water accounts will be taken 2 weeks before closing and adjusted on the closing statement. Some towns charge to do the reading. If you have well water, you will need to have water samples pass the County health criteria. There is a minimal fee for the sampling and testing.
Taxes: Depending on the time of year, the taxes will be adjusted on the closing statement to the date of closing.
Utilities: Once we have a confirmed closing date and time, you can call the utility companies to close your account as of midnight on the day of closing. The buyer can then call to set up their new account. Remember to stop your insurance AFTER the sale is recorded.
Attorney and Accountant: It is important to have legal representation when selling your home; and also a good idea to touch base with your accountant. If you do not plan on being at the closing table, then you may need to set up Power of Attorney.
Stamp Tax: Currently in Massachusetts the stamp tax for Barnstable County and the state is $6.12 per $1000 sales price.
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