Meet with me to discuss the market, your home, and your marketing plan. Execute a listing agreement outlining the listing price, exclusions, commission, etc. I will give recommendations on pricing based on comparables and the current market - but ultimately the decision on where to list your home is yours.
Our team of experts will come to your home to give opinions on pricing and any staging work that needs to be done prior to bringing them home to market. We have recommended vendors that can help with anything from decluttering to drywall repair. Be sure to ask about our Compass Concierge program, which will lend you money to cover the work performed to increase the value of the home. When your home sells, you’ll simply reimburse the costs of the improvements to Compass
The photography of your home usually takes 1-2 hours. Our team will come to your home the day before or morning of to prep and stage.
We will provide you with an outlined plan for marketing your property. This plan can include a preview listing on Compass Coming Soon, Open Houses, social media promotion, and direct mailings to targeted communities.
Our intra-company tools allow us to market your property internally to buyers agents in the city and across the country.
Once the listing of your home is “live”, it will be on the MLS and will syndicate to Zillow and over 50+ other sites.
All appointments will be handled by our Compass Showing time appointment center.
In most cases, showings will be handled through Supra, a bluetooth enabled lockbox on your property that agents use to get a key and access your home. This is the most secure way to keep the key and allows us to track who is accessing the key to your home.
Typically, the Wednesday after you go live on MLS, a broker’s open will be held. This serves as a preview for local brokers who might have interested buyers for your home. This is organized by the MLS and we are assigned a time the day before. Times are given in 45-minute increments between 9 am and 2 pm.
For showings, try to have the home as neat as possible, and leave the lights on when having enough notice.
In addition to sharing all feedback from showings on your property, I will present ALL offers. It is important to evaluate the financing, closing date, and other contingencies in addition to the price. I will walk you through all of the steps.
An accepted offer is not binding in New York State. In most cases, we will continue to have the house on the market and show it for backup, and the buyers could also be continuing to look. In that regard, it’s in everyone’s best interest to get into a contract quickly.
You will need to contact an attorney (we have trusted attorneys we can recommend) to represent you on the transaction. Both buyer and seller are represented in New York State.
Inspection: A buyer will typically do an inspection within 2-3 days. An inspection can take anywhere from 2-5 hours.
You will need to leave the property so the agent can accompany the inspector. A buyer may ask for certain repairs or credits based on the results of the inspection. Once an inspection is complete, contracts will be sent to the buyers’ attorney for review.
A buyer will typically do an inspection within 2-3 days. An inspection can take anywhere from 2-5 hours. You will need to leave the property so the agent can accompany the inspector. A buyer may ask for certain repairs or credits based on the results of the inspection.
Once an inspection is complete, contracts will be sent to the buyers’ attorney for review.
Congratulations on being in the contract! Now is the time to start to prepare your house for new owners. You will use this time period to pack, hire movers and complete any work agreed upon/ outlined in the contract.
The buyers’ will secure their financing and title insurance.
The closing day is a Date/ Time agreed upon by the attorneys and their clients (the buyers and sellers). Agents do not need to be present, but we try to have a representative from our team go when we can.
Note that in New York State either party can extend 30 days without penalty.
Prior to closing, you will need to cancel your utility accounts, notify vendors of your change of address and fill out a change of address card for USPS.
Your home is expected to be “broom clean” for closing, but we suggest most sellers get their home professionally cleaned. Be sure to remove EVERYTHING except what is listed as an inclusion in your contract. Do not forget to clean out the attic, basement, storage areas, garage, and any sheds on the property. Be sure to leave behind all warranties, appliance instructions and service information, garage door openers, and security system codes.
On the day of closing, the buyer and their agent will go to the home for a final walkthrough. This is to verify that the home is in the same or better condition as when inspected and any repairs outlined in the contract are complete.
Closings typically take 1-2 hours. At the closing, you will need to bring all of your keys to give the buyer. Once the closing is complete, the deed has transferred and the buyers now own the property.
You have sold your home. Our team prides itself on being a resource to clients long after the closing takes place. We are here to serve as a resource for any future needs you might have. Our business is largely based on referrals. We hope you will keep us in mind should any family, friends, or colleagues be looking to move to Westchester.
Sheila’s entire professional career has focused on real estate, including real estate finance, valuation analysis, and transaction execution: Sheila spent seven years at Morgan Stanley Real Estate, three years as a research analyst at Cohen & Steers Capital Management, and has been the #1 real estate agent in Bronxville for over a decade. In 2020, Sheila sold over $85 million dollars of real estate and was ranked the #4 agent in Westchester County.