Arati Hammond has created this list of helpful hints to prepare your home for the real estate market so we can sell your home for maximum value. Please take advantage of these staging tips and contact me when you are ready to list your home.

I am eager to work with you for your real estate needs.


1. Figure out how much house you can afford. 

  • Calculate your monthly income and debt. Check your credit report and FICO score.
  • Figure out your down payment.
2. Get pre-approved for a mortgage
  • Choose a type of mortgage.
  • Shop for the best interest rates and programs.
3. Determine what you want and need in a home
  • Choose a location (downtown, urban, suburban, rural).
  • Choose a type (single family, townhouse, condo, loft).
  • Choose a price range.
  • Choose a size.
  • Choose an architectural style.
4. Research your target neighborhoods
  • Look online for information on schools, crime rate, traffic and zoning.
  • Determine your work commute.
  • Scout local amenities, such as parks, shops and restaurants.
5. Research each home you want to buy
  • Ask the Arati Hammond Team for comps to estimate the property’s fair market value.
  • Ask the seller’s reason for selling.
  • Review all property disclosures.
  • Find out about liens, easements or other restrictions.
6. Make an offer and negotiate
  • Determine the purchase price.
  • Include contingencies, such as financial, inspection or purchase.
  • Spell out any special requests and repairs you want included in the sale.
  • Determine an earnest money amount.
  • Define a move-in date.
  • Once both parties agree to the terms, sign the Purchase and Sale Agreement.
7. Finalize the deal
  • Get the house appraised.
  • Get a professional home inspection.
  • Consider getting specific inspections for structural engineering, roof and termites.
  • Use the appraisal and inspection reports to re-negotiate if necessary.
  • Choose a home insurance company.
  • Complete the loan process with the lender.
  • Do a walk-through inspection prior to closing.
  • Set aside cash for the closing costs and down payment.
  • Review the settlement document at least 
  • 2 days before closing to see how funds will be collected and distributed.
  • Arrange for your bank’s wiring the amount you need to bring to closing, including the down payment and closing costs.

Arati Hammond, Realtor®

Keller Williams Realty

(772) 342-5599 | 2650 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City, FL

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