You’ve picked a Realtor (us!). Yeah! Now what? Now we need to get your home ready for the market. This involves:

More paperwork.  Selling your home involves a lot of paperwork. Click here to download our listing packet of items you need to complete and return to me.

Top 10 List. Write a top ten list of reasons you love living in your home. We don’t want these reasons to be things the buyers can easily see for themselves such as your gorgeous kitchen.  Rather, we want them to be intangibles that only you know such as the beautiful sunsets visible through your living room windows, that you have great neighbors, the farmers market down the street every Tues, that the El going by outside stops at 10pm and is much quieter than you thought it would be, etc.  Click here for examples of a Top 10 List. We then use this list in our marketing of your home.

Let us know what date you want your home to go live in the MLS.  We need about one week’s notice before we can put your property on the market. Before it goes on the market you need to declutter your home, fix any items that need to be fixed, and either clean it or have your home professionally cleaned.  If your home isn’t going on the market within 48 hours we need you to fill out an Exempt MLS agreement, saying it’s acceptable for your home to go into the MLS at a later date. If you don’t fill out this form, we can be fined $1,000.

Change the privacy settings on your Facebook page so only friends can see your posts.   We don’t want potential buyers Googling you learning that you just got a big promotion at work, are moving across the country or are buying a new house because you’re having a baby.  All of these items can hurt my negotiation position, therefore, it’s imperative you change your security settings to make your posts and photos private to strangers. And while you can mention on your Facebook page that you’re selling your home, don’t say why.

Once you’ve completed the above, let us know and we’ll send you your next steps.  Have questions? Email us at shay(at)shayhata(dot)com or call 312-600-7510.

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