Step by Step Guide to SELLING YOUR Home



Selling what may be your largest asset required doing some leg-work to identify who you can entrust with this multi-faceted and important job. From many years’ experience, we can tell you that the tone, pace and success of your home sale process will be directly related to the agent or team you choose to represent you and your interests.



Evaluate Your Home's true market value

Although you can list your home at a price you choose, you need to understand what the market is willing to pay if you want your home to actually see in a reasonable timeframe. Pricing to sell from the start is a critical component of a successful home sale. Sounds simple, right? Not always. 

Your Home's True Market Value


Determine Home Improvements

With your team chosen, now comes an assessment of how to get top dollar for your home. Hughes Home Team will help you to identify simple repairs, along with the necessary cleaning; organizing and decluttering that will help to maximize the value of your home. In addition to the simpler stuff, we are uniquely qualified to help you to assess whether or not to make more significant improvements that may take more planning and investment, but will make your home more appealing and desirable to buyers, thus increasing your profits at the same time.

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Prepare your home for the "Eyes of a Buyer"

Once all the repairs have been made , together we will go through your home with what we call the “eyes of a buyer”. Removing personal items and excess clutter will help to make rooms look inviting; prospective buyers are better able to imagine what it would be lie to own the home and adapt it to their own style. 



Solidify a marketing strategy

Plan your work and work your plan. Hughes Home Team pride ourselves on our flexibility and willingness to adapt in addition to having and utilizing a strategic plan. 

  • A Custom-to-you-and-your-home robust marketing strategy
  • Professional photography
  • Video applications
  • Extensive outreach to agents and high potential buyers
  • Marketing our showing option
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It’s time to go live on the Multiple Listing Service and countless other high profile sites that are syndicated through the MLS, such as Zillow and  Your home will show beautifully with the professional photos and video and all of the relevant information about your home easily accessible through a Hughes Home Team listing. If we are not under shelter in place orders, your home can be shown to buyers (safely) in person, by appointment only, accessing a lockbox.  

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Offers from buyers’ agents are received for careful and thorough review and negotiations begin.  During this exciting and oftentimes emotionally charged portion of the home sale process, we fully vet offers as they will vary in dollar amount, type of mortgage, closing date and so forth. We rely heavily on our thorough understanding of what our client’s end goals are and combine that with our extensive market knowledge and negotiating know-how.  

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Finalize the contract

We set a lot of wheels in motion once we have a signed contract. Escrow is opened; title is ordered, and a home inspection and professional appraisal are scheduled by the buyer. Your real estate lawyer and the buyer’s lawyer work on finalizing the contract: resolving issues and making adjustments post inspection. It is during this time, called the A/I (or attorney review & inspection period), that a buyer has the opportunity to back out of the contract, and this is a great reason to take care of the “red flag” home issues before listing your home. 


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Close your Home Sale

Because of our affiliation with Key Mortgage and Title, we are capable of offering seamless and professional closing services if you should choose to use them. Their highly regarded services include the ability to offer remote and/or virtual closings when it’s not safe to be out and about.  Hughes Home Team knows the critical importance of closing day.  

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You have made it through a successful home sale
with Hughes Home Team at your back
and you are on to your next amazing chapter!

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