DMS Properties, LLC
Residential Real Estate Services
10 Sixth Street, Indian Head, MD 20640
Post Office Box 2051, Waldorf, MD 20604

Office/Fax: 301-744-0002

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Guide to Selling Your Home

Leave The Selling To Us

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While the home seller is actively getting the house ready to show, the listing broker is actively spreading the word that the property is available. Generally speaking, the listing is promoted to two groups: the real estate community and the buying public.  

Many home sellers are surprised to learn that approximately 56% of all buyers come from referrals between brokers and their vast network of contacts. Approximately 17% of buyers come from inquiries stimulated by “for sale” signs in yards. The remaining 27% of buyers come from a combination of the real estate company’s reputation and image, open houses, and advertising or other promotional efforts. Obviously, the most productive source of buyers is working closely with other brokers, and this is where your listing broker begins.   Here are some things to keep in mind when showing your home:  

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Multiple Listing Service

The listing broker enters a profile of your house in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This profile includes everything from location and price, to available financing and number of baths, from house style and heating system to special features and showing instructions. Now your house description is instantly available to the entire MLS membership. (MLS is a membership service available exclusively to brokers belonging to the Boards/ Association of REALTORS.)  

In addition, your listing broker announces the listing at regular office sales meetings, and points out noteworthy features. At DMS Properties, LLC ... Residential Real Estate Services, we can offer your home for tour by other companies and can also hold a "Brokers' Open" where we provide an opportunity for other agents to visit the home during a pre-determined time period ... the owner and/or listing agent will typically provide some food as an enticement to the agents. Without the lockbox, your house is inaccessible to this large network when you are not home.

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The yard sign provides additional exposure to the neighborhood and prospects touring the area. Signs often create high-quality inquiries because prospects like the area and the house and want to get a closer look inside.

Your home, as well as homes similar to yours, will be advertised from time to time in major metropolitan and community newspapers and on the Internet for mass reach. Direct mail cards are sometimes used to target specific neighborhoods.

Note: When you put your home up for sale, potential online buyers who visit our website can schedule an appointment to see your property.  

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When It's Show Time

With all this activity, your listing broker and other selling brokers will be bringing prospective brokers to see your house. Brokers will make an appointment with the home seller, and will give you as much advance notice as possible. That will give you time to tidy up, make beds, light dark areas, perhaps pop something in the oven, like a spicy cake, pie, bread, or even a pan of cinnamon. Make every effort to accept all appointments — you never know when your buyer will walk through the front door. Also, have the property brochure available with utility bills, MLS profile, house location survey, etc.

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If You're Home

If you’re home when someone comes to see your home, you should greet the prospects and their agent at the door and politely request the agent's business card and the required Agency disclsoure forms for signature. Once these disclosures are signed, you should excuse yourself and leave the selling to us. We normally should know that a prospective buyer is visiting your property, but it doesn't always work like that.

A prospective buyer should NEVER be allowed into your home without a licensed real estate agent present. If a buyer should arrive unannounced, you should provide them with your listing agent's busienss card and request that they contact us to schedule a showing. You should NOT allow strangers to tour your home!!

Buying a home may be the largest single purchase a family will make in a lifetime. It is a serious matter for them; therefore, too many distractions could spoil the sale. We have found over the years that a number of pointers make things a little easier for your Sales Associate and the buyers.

Too many people present during inspection may make the potential buyer feel like an intruder, which makes it difficult for the selling broker and buyer to be at ease.   It’s better that you and your children busy yourselves in one part of the house or outside, rather than tagging along. The broker knows the buyer’s desires and can better emphasize your home’s features to them

Quiet is the ideal environment. Noise is distracting, so don’t have the radio or TV on — the broker and the buyer need to hear each other! It’s better to keep pets out of the house. Buyers may be timid around an unfamiliar animal.

Chatting with a potential buyer may dilute the broker’s ability to present your home’s features in the best light. If asked a question, respond honestly, but diplomatically refer questions to the broker.   The lived-in appearance makes it a home. There’s no need to apologize for its appearance. Let the trained broker answer any objections.   Many a sale has been lost by trying to dispose of furniture and furnishings to the potential buyer. Wait until after the sale is made.   Your listing broker is most qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.   Do not discuss price, terms, possession, or other factors with the potential buyer.

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  If You're Not Home

Have the house ready and enclose pets in the basement, garage or back yard. Selling brokers may leave their business cards or register at the listing broker’s office, depending on local custom. Be sure to keep any cards and give them to your listing broker as soon as possible for follow-up. When an open house is scheduled, plan to be away for the afternoon. Make the house accessible to the listing broker and be sure to leave word on how to contact you.

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  Seller and Broker Team

During the listing period, the listing broker will periodically update the home seller on the mortgage market, new competitive listings and sales in the area, and progress in selling the home. The feedback between broker and seller is vital to exchange selling suggestions and maintain maximum marketability. The listing broker will follow-up with the other selling brokers and provide feedback to the home seller. This mutual teamwork becomes especially important later when negotiating offers to purchase.

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Questions And Answers

Should I let anyone in to see the house? If a prospective buyer calls or comes by unexpectedly without a broker, get their name and phone number. Do not show the home. Explain that it is not a convenient time. Call your listing broker so that the buyer can be qualified and identified prior to showing. This is for your benefit and protection.

If an offer is imminent, should we still show the home? A property is either sold or available -- there is no in between. However, if there is an accepted contract that contains a contingency, and back up contracts are invited, then this must be made clear, and the house should be shown. Refer the selling agent to your listing agent for details.

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