Selling a home successfully in the current Greater Indianapolis market requires strategic marketing, research, and a stronger knowledge of the local community.

What makes us unique is our balanced blend of marketing savvy, corporate connections, and our no-fluff approach to client relationships. Have a special circumstance? While we do not provide “entry-only” or “limited services” listings, we are interested working with seller in unique circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Contact us today to discuss your special circumstance and to see how we can help you.

What is My Home Worth?

Your home is likely your biggest investment. Trust our team of professional real estate agents at GO to do a thorough market analysis of your home and assist you in determining a fair market value. Our no obligation consultation will provide you with the information and professional advice you need to make important decisions for your family.

We at GO Real Estate Services know you have important decisions to make for you and your family. Let us assist you in evaluating your situation with a free personalized market analysis of your home.

Based on the estimated sale price, we can provide an Estimated Seller Net Proceeds Worksheet to guide us towards your best results throughout the negotiation process.

Land Contract. A Land Contract is a contract between a seller and buyer of real property in which the seller provides financing to buy the property for an agreed-upon purchase price and the buyer repays the loan installments. Under a land contract, the seller retains the legal title to the property, while permitting the buyer to take possession of it for most purposes other than legal ownership. The sale price is typically paid in periodic installments, often with a balloon payment at the end to make the time length of payments shorter than a corresponding fully amortized loan without a final balloon payment. When the full purchase price has been paid including any interest, the seller is obligated to convey legal title to the property to the buyer. An initial down payment from the buyer to the seller is usually also required by a land contract. The legal status of land contracts varies from region to region, but all land contracts should be drawn up by and executed by an attorney.

Lease with Purchase Option. A lease purchase contract is a shortened name for lease with option to purchase contract. It is a form of real estate purchase which combines elements of a traditional rental agreement with an exclusive option of right of first refusal to later purchase the home. These contracts are commonly used where a buyer wants to purchase a home, but due to credit issues would not qualify for a conventional mortgage and does not wish to, or would not qualify, for FHA or VA financing. Under the typical terms, the tenant/buyer chooses the home and seeks a landlord/seller to serve as an investor. The tenant/buyer then agree to a lease period, during or after which the tenant/buyer has the exclusive right to purchase the home at a previously agreed-upon price. The tenant/buyer pays to the landlord/seller a non-refundable option deposit that is applied to the purchase price of the home. The tenant/buyer then pays to the landlord/seller a sum that is typical to the rental amount usually on a monthly basis, of which a portion of that monthly payment may or may not be applied to the purchase price of the home, but which normally covers the mortgage amount owed by the landlord/seller. Should the tenant/buyer not wish or be unable to purchase the house, the tenant and landlord can agree to extend the option period, convert the lease purchase contract into a traditional rental agreement, or end the contract with the tenant moving out and the landlord seeking other renters or buyers. Lease purchase and lease option could be considered different where a lease purchase uses a purchase agreement and a lease option may not and an option is a unilateral contract and a purchase agreement is typically a bilateral contract.

Mortgage Assumption. Assumption of mortgage is the purchase of mortgaged property whereby the buyer accepts liability for the debt that continues to exist. The seller remains liable to the mortgage lender (whether the lender is a commercial bank, thrift, credit union, or mortgage banker) unless the lender agrees to release him. For example, a homeowner owes a 30-year mortgage loan of $250,000 against his house. A prospective buyer wants to purchase the house and keep the same mortgage. The buyer pays $50,000 cash for the equity and assumes the mortgage, becoming liable for the debt. However, the original owner remains liable as well. In the United States, most recent mortgages disallow assumption by including a due-on-sale clause. Contact us today for our no obligation consultation and market analysis.

Price your home correctly
Listen to your real estate professionals, they understand the market and are there to get you the best possible price for your home. Incorrectly pricing your home from the beginning can lead to a “stale” listing, ultimately getting a lower price than a home that is well priced.
Curb Appeal
Take a tour of your home through the eyes of a buyer starting with the drive up. What is the first impression? Is the lawn and landscaping neat and weed-free? Is there any unnecessary debris around the outside of home? Are the walks, porches, patios, fencing and driveway clean and in good repair? Evaluate the exterior of the home from all angles. What is the condition of the siding, roof, windows, doors, lighting/electrical fixtures, spigots, etc.? Is your front door area welcoming? Consider painting the door, changing the storm door, hardware, lighting, doormat, etc. for a fresh new look.
De-clutter
Pack up your prized possessions for your new home. Buyers want to get the feel that this is their home so remove family photos, collections, hobbies, etc. that might distract a buyer from seeing themselves living in the home. Pay particular attention to kitchens (clear counters, organize pantry, cabinets, etc. – no unnecessary appliances) and bathrooms (store away personal items, throw rugs, etc.) Assess your closet space and storage areas. Remove any non-essential items from the home. Rent a storage unit if necessary. Buyers need to see all of the space they are buying. Remember, this is temporary. The sooner your home is sold, the sooner you can be reunited with your favorite things.
Finish all projects
Good intentions only go so far with buyers. Repair, renew, replace. If anything is broken, dated, or worn-out – make it right. Evidence of good maintenance and attention to detail goes a long way with buyers and can often lead to a much higher sales price for the small investment.
Deep clean and deodorize
Make sure each and every room is as clean as possible from top to bottom. In addition to having carpets cleaned (or replaced), all walls and trim should be wiped down (or freshly painted) as well as vents, light fixtures, ceiling fans, switch plates, etc. Remember, different household odors you may be immune to, are very noticeable to outsiders, particularly if you are a pet owner or smoker. After cleaning, consider mild air fresheners. More and more people have allergies and sensitivities that can make the un-sanitized homes an instant deal breaker. Oftentimes buyers will not offer up this feedback, but simply, and quickly move on.
Be prepared
The home that is “show ready” at a moment’s notice, may be the difference between an offer. Are the kitchen and bathrooms clean? Are the beds made? What kind of plan can be arranged for your pets during showings? Often, serious buyers are in town briefly and on a tight schedule viewing a number of homes. If your home is difficult to see, it will likely be overlooked.
Neutralize
Color choice and style can strongly affect a buyer. Appeal to as wide of a market as possible by removing or simplifying décor. This may mean removing frilly curtains, wallpaper, bold furnishings, etc. This no longer means all white wall…there is a wide array of neutral colors to compliment your home and add a more inviting feel to your surroundings. You don’t want to stand out as “the house with the monkey mural in the master bedroom”.
Staging
You may have heard this term used in recent years, but what does it mean for you? Simply put this is the act of preparing a home for the market. There are varying degrees of home staging from adding a few accessories, furniture arrangement/placement to complete top to bottom decorating specifically to maximize buyer appeal and ultimate reduce the market time while receiving the highest value. Though there are different levels of investment from professional home staging services to suggestions and tips from your realtor, in today’s competitive market this can be invaluable.
Pre-sale inspection
Consider investing in an independent inspection. Be aware of any issues and make repairs prior to discovery after the sale. This can save you a great deal of money and frustration in the end. A good inspection can be used to market your home as well. Though this will not likely replace the need for a buyer’s inspection, it might give the buyer peace of mind resulting in an offer. The key to a quick sale at a satisfactory price is a dedicated, knowledgeable realtor with a good marketing plan designed to get the best possible exposure in today’s marketplace. Talk to your CityWise team today to help you every step of the way.

 
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