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house, apartment or any other real estate property requires
preparation – it's not just about putting your
listing up and a sign outside.”
Preparing to Sell
a Home or Real Estate Property in Bergen County, NJ
Next to buying a home, selling
a home is the largest financial transaction most people will
ever make in their lives. While the process can seem intimidating,
with the right preparation and a few simple steps you can sell
your home for what it is really worth, or as close as possible
to that amount.
Orly Chen, with her years of experience and personal knowledge
of Bergen County, can help you avoid the common pitfalls of selling
a home. With her savvy professional advice, you will save time,
money and frustration.
Check out the following tips and contact Orly when you are ready
to sell your home for the best possible price.
Hire a Real Estate Agent
Homesellers who use a real estate agent generally receive a better
price for their home than sellers who try to represent themselves.
An award-winning real estate agent like Orly Chen can alert you
to fast-changing conditions, and get your home sold in a timeframe
that works for you.
A real estate agent removes the emotion from a home sale, a highly
sensitive topic for most clients. With the guidance of a professional
like Orly, homesellers can steer clear of personal feelings,
which while meaningful, might cloud their better financial judgment.
When you hire a real estate agent, you remove yourself from the
day-to-day burdens of interacting with sellers. Matters like
marketing, including open houses, and price negotiations fall
on the real estate agent, who is your expert and representative.
Get Your Home in Shape
There is no doubt about it. A well kept home attracts more buyers
in a shorter timeframe than a home that looks run down. Slight
aesthetic changes also can increase the price a buyer is willing
to pay. Here are some simple and inexpensive steps that should
be completed before you begin to show your home:
– Touch up interior and exterior paint where needed.
– Install new carpeting and flooring if yours appears worn
– Clean up the front of your home for “curb appeal”:
a positive first impression.
– Keep bushes and plants trimmed, and make sure the lawn
is mowed. Rake leaves and shovel snow according to the seasons.
– Maintain a clean, uncluttered interior without odors.
Be careful about evidence of pets.
– Create a space free for the buyer by minimizing family
photos and personal objects.
– Clean out the garage and basement to eliminate the appearance
of excess items.
– Address lurking problems ahead of time by considering
a pre-listing inspection.
– Consider contacting a professional stager to give your
home the right feeling.
Listing Your Home
– Give space to potential buyers by going elsewhere when they
come to visit your home.
– Welcome buyers with the friendly gesture of fresh flowers
in the entry area.
– Be flexible if buyers do not match your listed price.
Listen to your real estate agent’s advice.
– If several months pass with few or no offers, consider
lowering your price.
– Be patient if it takes longer than you hoped to sell your
home. You will find a buyer.
New Jersey Realty Transfer Fees
As part of closing costs in New Jersey, home sales are subject
to the Realty Transfer Fees. Sellers pay the fee, which increased
in 2004 for higher-priced transactions.
Realty Transfer Fees are calculated on a sliding scale. The rate
per $500.00 of sales price increases as the price climbs. Here
is a table of standard rates:
Realty Transfer Fee
$500.00 to $350,000.00
$2.00 to $2,105.00
$350,000.00 to $1.0 million
$2,105.00 to $9,575.00
$1.0 million to $2.0 million
$9,575.00 to $21,675.00
$6.05 per $500.00 in excess of $2.0 million.
Reduced Realty Transfer Fee are available for senior citizens,
blind persons, and disabled persons depending on the type of
residence they sell, and on sales of low and moderate income
About Orly Chen
Chen is a leading
Tenafly real estate agent
in Northern New Jersey
specializing in the Bergen
County area. Her
integrity make Orly
one of the most sought-
after agents in the
Northern New Jersey
real estate market
Associates lead agents
competing companies in
specialized training and
They dominate the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Relocation
Professional (CRP), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Leadership Training
Graduate (LTG) ranks. Read
Orly Chen on Zillow
What People Say
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