What Every Home Seller Needs to Know

“Okay. I think it’s time to sell this place.” However you came to this moment, selling your home is a big decision and raises a lot of questions! Our goal, here, is to answer as many of those questions as possible so you can move forward with confidence.

What Every Home Seller Needs to Know

“Okay. I think it’s time to sell this place.”

However you came to this moment, selling your home is a big decision and raises a lot of questions! Our goal, here, is to answer as many of those questions as possible so you can move forward with confidence.

Getting Ready To Sell Your Home

What is the first thing I should know before getting ready to sell my house?

The market is ever-evolving. It can be a seller‘s market, a neutral market, or a buyers market. So you want to make sure that you price your home accordingly. 

That’s why it’s a good idea to work with somebody who has their finger on the pulse of the market — not only the market in general, but the hyper-local market where your home is located. So the first thing we recommend is that you consider talking to a professional who sells homes every single day. 

Pricing Your House to Sell

How accurate are online home valuations?

They’re probably getting better, but they convey a more national perspective. So again, we like to encourage people to deal with agents who are in their local market. 

There are a lot of variables that go into pricing your home. So you should have somebody come look at it in person. Here are some of the questions they should ask:

  • What are your finishings like? 
  • How many bedrooms do you have? 
  • Are they all true bedrooms, or are some of them nonconforming? 
  • How big is your lot? 
  • How much square footage do you have in your home? 

All those different factors need to be taken into consideration when establishing the proper market value of your house.

How To Get Your Home Ready

What do I need to do to get my home ready to sell?

Again, we would suggest a professional come and take a look at it. They are going to be able to give you good feedback.

They will tell you if there is anything you need to do. You may need to update some features of your home. You may need to address some safety issues. You may need to make some repairs. Also, you may need to stage your home.

We always say less is more when it comes to staging. If you have a room that is full of furniture, that’s going to make your room look smaller. So we would possibly suggest removing some of the bigger items from the room to make the room show well. 

There is a lot of valuable feedback you will get from just visiting with someone in your home. 

Home Repairs

What repairs can I make to actually add value to my house?

Not every repair or update adds value to your home. Some of the bigger items would be updating your kitchen or your bathrooms. Those are a little bit pricier, but they do add value to your home. Adding a deck will also add value to your home. 

One of the other things that helps is simply having your home clean, neat, and tidy. Cleaning things like the baseboards and the ceiling fans does make a difference. 

Again, if you consult with a professional, they will be able to advise you where you should spend your money, if any, to help you get the most out of your home.

What To Look For In An Offer

If I list my house and then receive multiple offers, what things should I look for in those offers to help pick one out?

First of all, you won’t always have multiple offer markets. But when you do, it’s a fantastic thing. 

Not all offers are the same. So one of the first things you and your agent will want to look at is the type of loan associated with the offer: 

  • Cash
  • Conventional
  • FHA
  • VA
  • USDA

Cash is king! Conventional is also great. But there are a multitude of other kinds of loans out there. 

Also, if your potential buyer has a house to sell, that makes a difference too. When someone has a home that they have to sell before they can buy, that’s called a contingency. Contingent offers are not quite as attractive as non-contingent ones. 

Here are some other questions you should ask when comparing offers: 

  • Are they asking you to pay their closing costs? 
  • How much earnest money are they putting down? 
  • How much of a down payment are they making? (This helps indicate their financial stability.)

When You Make A Contingent Offer

What if I need to know that I have a place to move to when I sell? That is to say, what if I’m the person who has to make a contingent offer? 

That does happen. Most people can’t go ahead and buy two homes and have two payments! So there are some different tools and things you can use. 

You can look at a bridge loan, which is basically when the lender is going to allow you to go ahead and buy a home based on the equity that you have in your current home. Then you just pay interest on that. 

You can also make a contingent offer. Contingent offers aren’t necessarily bad. It’s just not as attractive if you have a choice. But if you don’t have a choice, then contingent offers are perfectly fine!

Delay In Finding Your Next Home

What do I do if we sell my house right now and I have nowhere to move?

We have tools for that situation too. We may tell your potential buyers upfront, “We’re going to need two months in order to find a home.” So we could extend the closing date out, or if we do go ahead and close, we can always lease the house back from the buyer.

Going Live On The Market

What happens when my house goes live on the market?

“Going live” means we’re going to go on MLS — the multiple listing service — which allows all realtors to show your home. You don’t just want one agent or company to be able to show it. You want every realtor in town to be able to show it! So that’s what the MLS does for you. 

The MLS also automatically syndicates out to all the home shopping websites out there like Realtor, Zillow, and Trulia; there are over 750 of them! 

Your agent should also be marketing your property as well. They should be marketing it on social media and should have a good website. They should also take professional pictures because that’s going to be able to help your home stand out and set it apart for potential buyers. 

Closing Day

What can I expect when we close? 

Closing day is a happy day! You’re going to want to bring your driver's license so the title company can verify who you are, as they are going to need to notarize some things for you. 

You also want to make sure you know how you want to receive your money. If you want it wired to your bank account, just have your wiring instructions with you. Or you can pick up a check right then. 

Then you are going to be able to move onto the next adventure in your life! So that’s a fun day! 

Final Takeaways

You matter. So we ensure that you receive a personalized experience, prompt communication, and a professional work ethic from us. 

We would love to partner with you to sell your home and get the most amount of money for it in the quickest amount of time as possible for you. 

This is one of the biggest financial considerations you’re going to make in a lifetime. So we work our hardest to make your real estate dreams come true. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon! Contact us today!

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What Our Clients Say About Us...

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

I recently listed and sold my home with Ramseier Realty Group. We received multiple offers and had it under contract within a month. Lorrie and her team are attentive and truly care about their clients' best interests. I would recommend this realty team to anyone!

Diedra Summers

2 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Both Lorrie & Jan were SO awesome to work with during our selling and buying process! They are so friendly, willing to help, and really went above and beyond for us to make sure we had the answers we needed to all of our questions. Both of them were so patient and eager to make sure that we were happy, well informed and didn't feel any pressure. We can't thank them enough!!!

Betsy Davis

4 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie and her team are awesome! They think of everything and are so helpful as you are in the middle of chaos trying to sell, pack, buy and move. Lorrie or someone from her team will walk you through the whole process before you start to give you an idea of how they run things. The pictures they post are great and really show off your home. Couldnt think of going with anyone else!

Matthew Wieners

a year ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Just sold our home very quickly, and with no problems. Lorrie and her team were the best! They kept us up to date, were very professional, and were absolutely great to work with. My husband and I highly recommend these folks to anyone looking for a realtor!

Eudora Guinn

a year ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

If you are looking for a great real estate agent look no further than Emily Creal. She was our “life saver” during the purchase of our new house and took so much stress out of the equation. Emily was so helpful & pleasant to work with and kept us in the loop with every step. Highly recommended!

lisaindm

12/12/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie is awesome, she made the selling of my home easy and removed the stress by handling everything in a timely manner. She took time out of her schedule to just check on me to see how everything was going. She is a great realtor

anagle70

06/19/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie and her team were outstanding and I am so glad that we selected her agency to list our home. Everything Lorrie did was 5-star worthy. She presented a compelling analysis and recommendation on our listing price, she and her team were very accessible, very professional and it was a true joy to work with them. Lorrie went above and beyond on many occasions, she has excellent connections and resources which we used from closing agents, to electricians and plumbers. As the seller, she excelled in the "selling" process especially the negotiation and working to get multiple offers. She never took the easy road, always the road that provided the best outcome. Anyone can list and sell a home, but few can make the process seamless and get the absolute best price for the seller....If you are listing, you can't go wrong with Lorrie.

johntinnj

12/04/2020

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

I needed a quick sale and Lorrie came through! Property was under contract in five days! A small inspection issue was fixed, and closing went off without a hitch. Having never bought or sold real estate before, I was scared as could be. Lorrie’s expertise and reassurances kept me sane. Sandi’s Extraordinary organizational skills kept me abreast of “what’s next?” the whole way though. Thanks so much!

911 bradh

06/12/2019

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie is one of the kindest and most personable people I’ve met. She was easily accessible when we needed her and always made sure our needs were met. We had the best experience selling our home thanks to Lorrie and her group.

MaKayla B.

09/29/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Loved working with Lorrie and Emily! Professional, friendly and efficient. The photos Lorrie had done for the sale of my home were amazing, sold my house less than 48 hours after being listed!

Leslie D.

11/05/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Great service! These gals go above and beyond to make your experience smooth and seamless, whether you are buying or selling your home. Call them for your real estate needs, you will be glad you did!

Renee F.

07/13/2017

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Sold our house in 4 days! Ramseier realty is passionate, prompt and ready to do business.

Alexis C.

03/15/2017

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie is great to work with and worked hard to assist in the sale of my home. She has since helped my son and a fried of my son purchase there first homes. Lorrie worked with them through the first time buyers programs to choose what worked best for them and educated them on the differences. Thanks for all the help!

jdavies8

06/28/2016

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Sold our house in 4 days! Ramseier realty is passionate, prompt and ready to do business.

Alexis C.

03/15/2017

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Great service! These gals go above and beyond to make your experience smooth and seamless, whether you are buying or selling your home. Call them for your real estate needs, you will be glad you did!

Renee F.

07/13/2017

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie and her team are the best!! Very professional, friendly and they get the job done.

Marcy Rodgers H.

07/13/2017

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie is one of the kindest and most personable people I’ve met. She was easily accessible when we needed her and always made sure our needs were met. We had the best experience selling our home thanks to Lorrie and her group.

MaKayla B.

09/29/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Loved working with Lorrie and Emily! Professional, friendly and efficient. The photos Lorrie had done for the sale of my home were amazing, sold my house less than 48 hours after being listed!

Leslie D.

11/05/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

They worked great with my work schedule. Always friendly and out going

Lori S.

09/07/2019

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

She is an amazing realtor! One who is more than a realtor, but in who is sincere, and goes more than the extra mile, to find your New Home, and or Business location!

Ana-Maria K.

03/03/2020

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie and her staff listed our home for sale on a Friday afternoon and had an accepted full offer the very next day! From a seller's perspective, how could anyone ask for better results! Lorrie first impressed me when she was the first to call me back after leaving messages with three other Realtors. I knew at that time, that she was sincere, motivated and wanted our listing! If I had another home in the area, there would only be one call to make to have my home listed and that would be with Lorrie at Keller Williams!

edwardjirvine

04/06/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie Ramseier has been helping me find a home from August 2017 to May 2018. I can not recommend her and her staff high enough. She went above and beyond for us. I told her the street and several homes that I would like to own, but were not for sale. She made inquiries to those homeowners to find out if they might sell. Although, they did not, I appreciated the effort. Sometimes we worked with Emily and she was great. They were prompt with email and phone call responses and always upbeat and pleasant. What we appreciated the most was her knowledge and professionalism. I would use them again in a heartbeat, if necessary.

tonyferguson80

05/24/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie is awesome, she made the selling of my home easy and removed the stress by handling everything in a timely manner. She took time out of her schedule to just check on me to see how everything was going. She is a great realtor

anagle70

06/19/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

She was great, would recommend her team to anyone. She helped sale our house and our land/lot. Both sold within days without any glitches. Couldn’t be happier or more pleased with how her team performed.

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12/06/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

If you are looking for a great real estate agent look no further than Emily Creal. She was our “life saver” during the purchase of our new house and took so much stress out of the equation. Emily was so helpful & pleasant to work with and kept us in the loop with every step. Highly recommended!

lisaindm

12/12/2018

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

I needed a quick sale and Lorrie came through! Property was under contract in five days! A small inspection issue was fixed, and closing went off without a hitch. Having never bought or sold real estate before, I was scared as could be. Lorrie’s expertise and reassurances kept me sane. Sandi’s Extraordinary organizational skills kept me abreast of “what’s next?” the whole way though. Thanks so much!

911 bradh

06/12/2019

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie and her team were outstanding and I am so glad that we selected her agency to list our home. Everything Lorrie did was 5-star worthy. She presented a compelling analysis and recommendation on our listing price, she and her team were very accessible, very professional and it was a true joy to work with them. Lorrie went above and beyond on many occasions, she has excellent connections and resources which we used from closing agents, to electricians and plumbers. As the seller, she excelled in the "selling" process especially the negotiation and working to get multiple offers. She never took the easy road, always the road that provided the best outcome. Anyone can list and sell a home, but few can make the process seamless and get the absolute best price for the seller....If you are listing, you can't go wrong with Lorrie.

johntinnj

12/04/2020

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

I recently listed and sold my home with Ramseier Realty Group. We received multiple offers and had it under contract within a month. Lorrie and her team are attentive and truly care about their clients' best interests. I would recommend this realty team to anyone!

Diedra Summers

2 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Words cannot describe how well we were guided through the entire process of selling our home and purchasing a new one. Every detail was attended to and negotiations were professionally carried out. We were always confident that we were well taken care of.

MikeRuth Weese

2 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Both Lorrie & Jan were SO awesome to work with during our selling and buying process! They are so friendly, willing to help, and really went above and beyond for us to make sure we had the answers we needed to all of our questions. Both of them were so patient and eager to make sure that we were happy, well informed and didn't feel any pressure. We can't thank them enough!!!

Betsy Davis

4 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

We met Lorrie for the first time at a property she was listing and new right away she was a person of integrity and someone we could trust to sell our home and lead us to a great new place. She did not disappoint. Throughout the process she continued to show us that she was always on top of things. Thanks Lorrie for all you did and for helping us to enjoy the process.

Rodney Mollus

4 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie is by far the best realtor I have ever worked with. Her staff and herself are easy to get a hold of and promptly answer any questions. She has been a blessing to myself and my parents that also just bought a home with her help.

Amanda Wheeler

3 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie and I are working on finding me a house in St Joseph. She went out on Superbowl Sunday in 3 degree weather to show me a house. I am an out of state buyer. Unbelieveable. Can't ask for a better realtor.

Debbie V

11 months ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie was absolutely essential to our purchase of our dream home. We were at a stand still and Lorrie represented us perfectly. We have and will continue to recommend her to anyone who wants an awesome advocate in the business of real estate. We love her and cannot thank her enough for all she did for our family. Call her! You will not regret it!

Thetaverse

4 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie and her team are awesome! They think of everything and are so helpful as you are in the middle of chaos trying to sell, pack, buy and move. Lorrie or someone from her team will walk you through the whole process before you start to give you an idea of how they run things. The pictures they post are great and really show off your home. Couldnt think of going with anyone else!

Matthew Wieners

a year ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Jan was very helpful and professional. She was patient with us as we look at a LOT of homes, and was there for us through the entire process - from putting in the offer all the way to closing!

Andy Arends

4 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Amazing professional but also personal service. This company has been there for us even after the purchase of our dream home

Rachel Rieger

a year ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Just sold our home very quickly, and with no problems. Lorrie and her team were the best! They kept us up to date, were very professional, and were absolutely great to work with. My husband and I highly recommend these folks to anyone looking for a realtor!

Eudora Guinn

a year ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie is the best realtor in town. She and her staff were very helpful from beginning to end. We will recommend Ramseier Realty Group to all our friends!

Connie Whitsitt

2 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

It was a better experience than we could have even asked for. The entire team walked us through every step of the process. They were all very kind and professional. To everyone who helped our church find its new home; THANK YOU!

Josh Coverett

a week ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

The whole team did an excellent job helping us to find our new home! Everyone was friendly and professional. They were very quick to respond to any questions or concerns that we had. Thank you so much!

Mary Wood

3 months ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Recently purchased a home in record time. Lorrie and her team delivered on finding the best value and listening to my requirments. I strongly recomment Ramseier Realty Team to handle all of your real estate transactrions.

Rob Buehler

a year ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

My wife and I couldn't be happier with our first home buying experience with Ramseier Realty. Excellent communication, great time management and personal attention that exceeded our expectations. We will be recommending them to all of our friends and family. A++

William Burnich

4 years ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Thank you to the Ramseier team for all you did to make our house purchase effortless. This house will be an amazing addition to the Pivotal Point ministry.

Melissa Frakes

6 days ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

The Best realtorty group that I've worked with, responsive, brings us what we asked for and showed us many houses before we finally got what we wanted. Sold our house for what we wanted and made sure the deal went through.

Daniel Hess

a year ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie and the team did a great job!

Kelly Adkins

9 months ago

5 star reviewed Realtor St. Joseph, MO

Lorrie is the best realtor in town! With her passionate, prompt, competitive and knowledgeable experience she sold our house sold in just 4 days. If you want a quick sale or a devoted realtor to find a new home, she's your gal!

Alexis Conner

4 years ago

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