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Selling a House

Are You Ready to Sell Your Home?

Congratulations! Selling a home can be an exciting venture, however it can also be an emotional, or even stressful, experience. Paris Group Realty, LLC agents understand and empathize with what you may be feeling during this process. In our experience, the best way to manage uncertainty is to arm yourself with knowledge! That’s why we provide small pieces of information to prepare you for each step of your home selling journey. For even more in-depth information, check out our Resources!

Prepare to Sell Your Home

First, find an agent to work with

An experienced and trained agent will ensure your home has an enticing online presence and develop a targeted marketing strategy to find the right potential buyers. The Paris Group Realty, LLC team understands the Portland, Oregon real estate market and will ensure your home sells with the terms that are important to you. Learn more about our team.

Next, finalize important details

Your timeline is an important part of the process. Are you in a hurry to sell? Do you need to sell quickly to close on another property? Are you moving into a second property or a rental and have more flexibility in your timeline?

Another notable detail is deciding how much the home will list for. Your agent will run a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to compare your home with others in your area. This will give you an idea of what buyers may pay for the home. Your agent will walk you through the results and, using his or her knowledge of the Portland area and expertise in the market, work with you to determine the price.

Along the way: declutter!

Once you’ve decided to move, it’s a good idea to start cleaning out closets and getting rid of excess items. Even if you’re moving into a home of an equivalent size, it’s likely that you’ve accumulated a lot. By minimizing your clutter, it’ll be easier to get work done, deep clean, and stage your home. Plus, it’ll be easier to move!

Preparation

Show Your House

Once your home is ready to sell, your Paris Group, LLC agent will list the property. It’s then time to manage upcoming showings.

Some important questions you might have include:

What is a home showing?

A showing is when potential home buyers visit and tour your home. This might be a virtual online showing, a private appointment, or an open house, where your home is open to anyone who stops by during a scheduled window.

How do I prepare for listing my house?

If your agent suggests something to make your home more attractive to buyers, it’s important to take his or her feedback into consideration. As seasoned real estate experts, Paris Group Realty, LLC agents know how to sell your home! The goal is for your home to be viewed in the most positive and competitive light possible. We’ll advise you on what exactly needs to be done, which may include:

  • Deep cleaning
  • Painting the interior and exterior
  • Minor repairs
  • Major repairs
  • Home staging with furniture and décor
  • Organizing closets and storage areas
  • Decluttering and removing personal items
  • Enhancing curb appeal

What do I need to do during showings?

As much as most home sellers would love to be present when their home is seen by a potential buyer, you’ll need to leave your home whenever it’s shown. While this may sound inconvenient, buyers are more comfortable touring and assessing homes without the buyer present. Keep in mind that it’s important for buyers to be able to see your home when it’s convenient for them, even if that means times that are inconvenient for you — such as weekends. Don’t make excited buyers wait!

How To

Evaluate Offers to Purchase Your Home

It’s an exciting time when your home begins to receive offers! The next step will be to consider each offer’s terms and determine which best meet your expectations.

What’s an offer?

An offer is submitted by a potential buyer, and it is not legally binding until it has been accepted by the seller.

It includes the following:

  • Offer amount
  • Description of the buyer’s financing – such as all-cash
  • Closing terms – such as contingencies or a positive home inspection
  • A closing date
  • The amount of earnest money
  • The offer’s expiration date

How should I evaluate offers?

You may wonder, what makes an offer good or bad? How do you know which one to pick if you’ve received multiple offers? Don’t worry! Your Paris Group, LLC agent will help you evaluate the merits of each offer you receive and guide you toward a decision. Together, you’ll both consider factors such as:

  • Amount offered
  • Contingencies, or conditions of the purchase – and whether they’ll work for your needs
  • Details of the financing – including whether the funding is from a well-known lender or if it’s all-cash
  • Desired closing date
  • Inspection requirements

Your agent will help you identify your strongest options by measuring the amount offered versus the strength of the financing, as well as how realistic the contingencies are. You’ll then decide with your agent’s guidance If you want to counter any offers or pick one that stands out.

What exactly are counteroffers?

You may accept an initial offer if it’s strong enough. Or you might see if an offer can come in stronger. The negotiations might go back and forth a few times until the final contract is agreed. For example, your counteroffer could request minor or major modifications to the terms of the deal. Then, your counteroffer could be accepted outright by the buyer, or the buyer might make his or her own counteroffer.

Your Paris Group Realty, LLC agent will work with you to decide what you’re willing to concede on and where you’ll hold the line.

Last Steps

Home Inspections and Appraisals

After you’ve accepted an offer, your home is under contract, however, the sale is not yet final.

You’ll most likely be anxiously waiting for this process to conclude (which can feel long!) while the buyer waits for all the financing pieces to fall into place, including the home inspection and the lender’s appraisal.

What happens during the inspection?

The buyer chooses his or her own inspector, who will tour your home and assess the condition of the structure and systems. The buyer can withdraw his or her offer if the inspection reveals a major issue, or they may request repairs.

What happens during the appraisal?

The appraiser, who works for the buyer’s lender, will determine the value of your property. This is done by assessing comparable properties in your neighborhood, the condition of your home, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and other metrics.

How do I prepare for an inspection?

To get ready, you’ll need to:

  • Ensure that spaces like your attic, crawlspace, or garage are easily accessible
  • Make sure your house is clean and appliances are empty
  • Leave the file you have for the house out for the buyer to page through. This includes any maintenance, repairs, or improvements you’ve done on the property.
  • Leave the property along with your pets (or crate them)

How can inspections and appraisals impact my home’s sale?

The results of a home inspection and appraisal could potentially lead to renegotiation with the buyer. For example, if the inspection yields a major issue, you may need to perform some repairs or lower your price. If the appraised value comes in low, you may reduce the purchase price, request that the buyer makes up the difference, or cancel the sale.

No matter what happens during the inspection and appraisal, your agent at Paris Group Realty, LLC will be there to advise your next move.

It’s closing time!

Closing on the Sale of Your Home

Your agent will help guide you through the process and answer your questions, which may include:

How do I prepare for an inspection?

We’ll help you stay organized during these busy last steps. You’ll want to consider the following:

  • Complete any repairs that are noted in the contract and keep the receipts
  • Collect manuals for appliances and systems
  • Clean the house
  • Cancel utilities and change address
  • Get ready for the buyer’s last walk-through

What happens at the closing?

You likely won’t need to attend the closing as your documents can be signed prior to the event. Your expenses, including final mortgage balance and prorated property taxes, will be deducted from the proceeds.

What is a final walk-through before I close on the sale of my home?

Before the end of the home selling process, a final walk-through will occur — usually one day before closing. The buyer will check to see that everything is in good condition and that all repairs have been completed. If a last-minute issue arises, your Paris Group Realty, LLC agent will help you decide how to deal with it.

What happens after we’ve closed on the sale of my home?

Congratulations — your home sale is complete! After the closing, you’ll receive a wire transfer of the sale proceeds and you’ll be free to proceed to your next big adventure! Pro tip: Save all your documents for tax purposes.

Recent Google Reviews

  • Julia Dołgoszyja ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Conner was amazing throughout the whole process! She was very supportive, patient with us (😛) and knowledgeable and made us feel comfortable with our big decision! We were first-time home buyers and everything at first felt super scary … More and confusing but thanks to Conner everything went smoothly. 11/10 experience!
  • James Amick ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    The personalized service and attention we received from our Paris Group Realtor, Patricia LoCascio, was unparalleled! She made what would have been a stress filled experience a thoroughly enjoyable one! Her instincts were dead on and her … More ability to negotiate was a thing to behold! She literally saved us THOUSANDS of dollars off of the list price (with multiple offers OVER list!) Her personality is infectious and we LOVED working with her now and will absolutely work with her again when it's time to sell! Simply put, she's the best!
  • Max del Hierro ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    The Paris group has been an absolutely golden find when it came to buy a house.We moved in from out of state and the team was incredibly accommodating when it came to video walkthroughs and area information. We needed to get setup with … More all new contacts for mortgage brokers, contractors, insurance, accountants... and this team has some TOP NOTCH recommendations.The entire process felt so personalized and friendly. We worked very closely with Heidi Anderson who kept us up to date and facilitated so much of the hard work when it comes to buying a new house. Even better, we closed on our house and they still helping us button a few things up. I cannot recommend this team enough. If work with them, you will not regret it.
  • Susannah Daniel ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    We loved working with Michael Toews at Paris! He was so easy to get along with, not pushy at all, extremely responsive and trustworthy. During viewings he was flexible with timing and totally understanding of our desire to view a large … More number of very different properties while we figured out our needs. During negotiations we really appreciated his guidance in terms of what we could ask for; he is experienced and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
  • John Perry ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    I cannot say enough about how great Claire and everyone at Paris Group Realty were in helping me find the home of my dreams. Everyone I met at Paris Group was friendly, patient, and incredibly kind. They were responsive to the point that … More it felt like I was their only client, even though I know they were super busy.Client actually feels like the wrong word to describe my relationship with this team. Looking at houses with Claire felt more like looking at a place with a good friend more so than a realtor. Her advice and insight always felt like it was coming from a place of what was best for me, not what could get me to buy whatever property we were looking at. Claire became so familiar with my taste, she could often predict within a few minutes of entering a property what my reaction would be, and never once pushed me to move forward with a property I wasn't comfortable with.When some issues were identified with my dream property, Claire and the team at Paris Group snapped into action and quickly found me inspectors and contractors to help me assess what it would take to fix the issue, and then worked with the sellers to make it right. As someone new to the Portland area, Claire's amazing network of contacts made the entire process amazingly smooth from start to finish. If and when I am ever in the market to purchase a new home, Claire will be my first call, without a doubt. But I suspect she will already know since I get the sense that with Claire and everyone at Paris Group, the purchase of a home with them is just the beginning of the relationship, not the end. Thanks again to everyone to Claire and the whole Pairs Group team. This has been one of the best experiences of my life. 🙂
  • Alexandria Lam ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    We were first time home buyers and Claire was so helpful in getting us through the process and in the exact house we wanted pain-free. She really gives a personal touch and called to discuss with the seller's agent that I felt took … More us far, especially in a competitive market.
  • alex benson ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    As first time home buyers, Claire was able to answer all of our questions. She and the transaction coordinator, Heidi, were quick to respond to emails (our preferred contact method) and would call us during any more urgent steps. It felt … More like we really had a team on our side the whole way. When we couldn't attend the inspection, Claire went in our place and shared her professional opinion about the findings. She has reliable contacts for everything to help ensure you get the right price. We would definitely recommend her to friends and family in the future.
  • svetlana kamenko ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    They made the experience of selling our home a breeze! We would highly recommend them!
  • Don Collins ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Top-notch service! Great communication and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended - Heather and her team went above and beyond.

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Financing | A Home Seller's Perspective

You're selling your home and have accepted an offer on your house! What's next? In this video, Claire Paris, of Paris Group Realty, LLC walks you through what happens with the financing on the lender side of things. Not to worry though, with Claire by your side, she'll take you through the process step by step guiding you along the way...you're in this together and she's here for you!

LET'S CONNECT!

W E B S I T E | http://parisgrouprealty.com/

F A C E B O O K | https://www.facebook.com/parisgrouprealty/

I N S T A G R A M | https://www.instagram.com/parisgrouprealty/

P I N T E R E S T | https://www.pinterest.com/clairep1078/

Claire Paris is an award-winning broker at Paris Group Realty, LLC, a local, woman-run, family business.

Coming from a family background of real estate and construction and a personal background in the insurance industry she truly has a grasp of the big pictures of building, contract law and negotiation.

From the joy of helping buyers purchase their first home to the thrill of securing cash-flowing property, she firmly believes real estate is one of the most effective means to build wealth. 

Thank you for liking, subscribing, and getting reminders from our Channel, we really do appreciate it! 

We help our clients find a home reflecting their personal taste & lifestyle. | PDX

Claire Paris ASR, CRS, GRI, Earth Advantage Broker
Principal Broker Paris Group Realty, LLC
5214 N Maryland Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Licensed in Oregon and Washington
P: 503-998-4878
E: claire@parisgrouprealty.com

Financing | A Home Seller's Perspective

You're selling your home and have accepted an offer on your house! What's next? In this video, Claire Paris, of Paris Group Realty, LLC walks you through what happens with the financing on the lender side of things. Not to worry though, with Claire by your side, she'll take you through the process step by step guiding you along the way...you're in this together and she's here for you!

LET'S CONNECT!

W E B S I T E | http://parisgrouprealty.com/

F A C E B O O K | https://www.facebook.com/parisgrouprealty/

I N S T A G R A M | https://www.instagram.com/parisgrouprealty/

P I N T E R E S T | https://www.pinterest.com/clairep1078/

Claire Paris is an award-winning broker at Paris Group Realty, LLC, a local, woman-run, family business.

Coming from a family background of real estate and construction and a personal background in the insurance industry she truly has a grasp of the big pictures of building, contract law and negotiation.

From the joy of helping buyers purchase their first home to the thrill of securing cash-flowing property, she firmly believes real estate is one of the most effective means to build wealth.

Thank you for liking, subscribing, and getting reminders from our Channel, we really do appreciate it!

We help our clients find a home reflecting their personal taste & lifestyle. | PDX

Claire Paris ASR, CRS, GRI, Earth Advantage Broker
Principal Broker Paris Group Realty, LLC
5214 N Maryland Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Licensed in Oregon and Washington
P: 503-998-4878
E: [email protected]

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Financing: A Home Seller's Perspective | Paris Group Realty, LLC

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Home Inspection | A Seller's Perspective

You're selling your home and have accepted an offer! What's next? In this video, Claire Paris, of Paris Group Realty, LLC walks you through what you can expect in a home inspection. Not to worry though, with Claire by your side, she'll take you through the process step by step guiding you along the way...you're in this together and she's here for you!

LET'S CONNECT!

W E B S I T E | http://parisgrouprealty.com/

F A C E B O O K | https://www.facebook.com/parisgrouprealty/

I N S T A G R A M | https://www.instagram.com/parisgrouprealty/

P I N T E R E S T | https://www.pinterest.com/clairep1078/

Claire Paris is an award-winning broker at Paris Group Realty, LLC, a local, woman-run, family business.

Coming from a family background of real estate and construction and a personal background in the insurance industry she truly has a grasp of the big pictures of building, contract law and negotiation.

From the joy of helping buyers purchase their first home to the thrill of securing cash-flowing property, she firmly believes real estate is one of the most effective means to build wealth. 

Thank you for liking, subscribing, and getting reminders from our Channel, we really do appreciate it! 

We help our clients find a home reflecting their personal taste & lifestyle. | PDX

Claire Paris ASR, CRS, GRI, Earth Advantage Broker
Principal Broker Paris Group Realty, LLC
5214 N Maryland Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Licensed in Oregon and Washington
P: 503-998-4878
E: claire@parisgrouprealty.com

Home Inspection | A Seller's Perspective

You're selling your home and have accepted an offer! What's next? In this video, Claire Paris, of Paris Group Realty, LLC walks you through what you can expect in a home inspection. Not to worry though, with Claire by your side, she'll take you through the process step by step guiding you along the way...you're in this together and she's here for you!

LET'S CONNECT!

W E B S I T E | http://parisgrouprealty.com/

F A C E B O O K | https://www.facebook.com/parisgrouprealty/

I N S T A G R A M | https://www.instagram.com/parisgrouprealty/

P I N T E R E S T | https://www.pinterest.com/clairep1078/

Claire Paris is an award-winning broker at Paris Group Realty, LLC, a local, woman-run, family business.

Coming from a family background of real estate and construction and a personal background in the insurance industry she truly has a grasp of the big pictures of building, contract law and negotiation.

From the joy of helping buyers purchase their first home to the thrill of securing cash-flowing property, she firmly believes real estate is one of the most effective means to build wealth.

Thank you for liking, subscribing, and getting reminders from our Channel, we really do appreciate it!

We help our clients find a home reflecting their personal taste & lifestyle. | PDX

Claire Paris ASR, CRS, GRI, Earth Advantage Broker
Principal Broker Paris Group Realty, LLC
5214 N Maryland Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Licensed in Oregon and Washington
P: 503-998-4878
E: [email protected]

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Home Inspection: A Seller's Perspective | Paris Group Realty, LLC

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