I will be your guide through the process.<br />Selling a home is a complex process, with multiple variables affecting the outcome. I will share my knowledge with you throughout the many stages of the sale. Here is a snapshot of those stages:<br />
I will manage the details of your home sale.<br />You can rely on me to manage the important steps of your home sale, including:<br /><ul><li> Mutual Acceptance
Closing Date</li></li></ul><li>I will manage the details of your home sale.<br />I will also be responsible for:<br />Copies of completed Purchase and Sale Agreement to office, lender, seller, escrow<br />Change of status in NWMLS and update office listing status sheet<br />Form 17 to selling broker<br />Call escrow officer; confirm file set-up: File #Closer:<br />If using American Home Shield, send application to escrow<br />Call lender and confirm buyer’s application and pre-approval<br />Confirm deposit of earnest money<br />Order Resale Certificate, Public Offering Statement of HOA records if required<br />Resale Certificate or Public Offering Statement to selling broker<br />Review Preliminary Title commitment with seller<br />Respond to inspection notice and coordinate with any required contractors<br />Check on status of appraisal and loan approval with lender<br />Check on appraisal, status of work orders and confirm septic inspection if required<br />Call escrow: confirm receipt of loan documents and fax any post-contract addend/receipts<br />Schedule escrow appointment for seller<br />Confirm buyer/seller signing; remove marketing materials and keybox from home<br />Arrange for seller’s proceeds delivery<br />Confirm closing, call seller and arrange key exchange<br />Post-closing follow up<br />
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Rely on my expertise during your transaction.<br />Place your photo here<br />I’m committed to your success and have received extensive training on how to help your real estate transaction proceed efficiently. You can rely on my knowledge and professionalism as I champion your interests. I’ll provide you with:<br /><ul><li> Expert consultation through the entire process of selling your home
Post-closing advice and issues resolution</li></li></ul><li>Count on me to be your advocate.<br />Analyzing an offer is a crucial point during the home selling process. I know the ins and outs of real estate contracts and will use that knowledge to your advantage. Through Coldwell Banker Bain’s extensive training opportunities, I stay up-to-date with issues and trends in contract management, so I can help you obtain the maximum price for your home. <br />I take pride in being a skilled negotiator after an offer is made. One of the greatest opportunities to preserve the equity in your home will come during the negotiation of the structural inspection. With my in-depth knowledge of the inspection process I will negotiate intelligently on your behalf, limiting obstacles while preserving the sale of your home.<br /> <br />Finally, I won’t take your home off the market until I am confident the buyer of your home is financially qualified. I will assist you in obtaining the best possible evidence of the buyer’s ability to get a home loan. In some cases we may even be able to insist on the buyer being pre-approved with our partner, Landover Mortgage, to ensure a smooth transaction for you.<br />
I give you my word with Guaranteed Services.<br /> <br />When you list your home with me, your satisfaction will be my sole focus. In fact, Coldwell Banker Bain makes this promise to you: they will guarantee my services. That’s the company’s way of saying they have confidence in the way I do business. So when you place your trust in me, CB Bain backs up my obligations to you as no other real estate company does. <br />How? With our Guaranteed Services, you may discontinue our agency relationship if I haven’t marketed your home as we’ve both agreed. So you can have peace of mind, knowing that my company and I guarantee my professional services.<br />
Partner with the best in the world.<br />I’m proud to partner with Coldwell Banker Bain to bring the highest standards to your real estate transaction. These high standards have given CB Bain an unparalleled legacy of success. We’ve been rated by both Real Trends and RIS Media’s Real Estate as one of the Top 20 most productive residential real estate companies in the United States.1 And, out of more than 3,300 Coldwell Banker offices globally, we consistently rank as one of the top two affiliates in the world and as number one in the West.2 So partner with us and let our high standards and proven track record bring superior success in selling your home.<br />1Based on closed sales volume. Coldwell Banker Bain combines with Coldwell Banker Seal in Portland as a single Coldwell Banker affiliate. 2This designation is awarded each year to the Coldwell Banker residential affiliate with the highest Closed Adjusted Gross Commission Income. <br />
We offer you the most support.<br />Being able to handle all unforeseen issues in a transaction requires a strong foundation of support. During the biggest financial transaction of your life, you can count on us to provide you with:<br /><ul><li>The best-trained brokers in the industry. Education is an ongoing priority at</li></ul> Coldwell Banker Bain. The result is that our professionals anticipate closing<br /> issues and know how to deal with them quickly to keep a transaction moving.<br /><ul><li>Full-time managing brokers. With an average of 20+ years of experience in </li></ul> real estate, our principal managing brokers have handled thousands of <br /> transactions, and are available to our brokers and their clients seven days a week <br /> for counseling and problem solving. <br /><ul><li> A coordinated network. Through a broker-to-broker network, our offices work </li></ul> in complete cooperation to instantly access and share needed resources to<br /> keep your transaction on track. Our offices are staffed with experienced <br /> professionals who assist our brokers, whether it be in marketing your property <br /> or handling the paperwork from your home sale.<br /><ul><li> Partnerships.We have established business partnerships with industry leaders</li></ul> in mortgage, title, escrow, and home warranty services to ensure that your <br /> transaction proceeds as smoothly and efficiently as possible.<br />
Our brokers out-sell and out-perform.<br />We take the buying and selling of real estate very seriously. In fact, no other real estate company offers its brokers more training, educational opportunities and inter-office support. The result is that CB Bain brokers are experts at managing complex real estate transactions from start to finish.<br /> <br />In the end, our superior performance is evident. In 2010, our brokers sold their clients’ properties for an average price that was $166,000 more than the Northwest Multiple Listing Service average. In fact, Coldwell Banker Bain’s brokers so outpaced the field that their average sales price was $117,000 greater than that of our nearest competitor’s brokers.* <br />So choose Coldwell Banker Bain and me for outstanding performance and superior results. <br />*Data reflects transactions of single family residences and condos in the combined areas that comprise the Northwest Multiple Listing Service from 1/1/10-12/31/10.<br />
We have a strong history in Western Washington.<br />Coldwell Banker Bain, founded in Seattle as William A. Bain Associates, has operated in Western Washington for 39 years. In 1993, the firm purchased six Coldwell Banker-owned real estate offices in King and Snohomish counties and joined the Coldwell Banker system as an independently owned and operated franchise. <br />The worldwide prominence of Coldwell Banker, combined with William A. Bain’s local reputation for superior service, helped Coldwell Banker Bain emerge as the Northwest's largest nationally-affiliated real estate firm and one of the largest Coldwell Banker companies in the world. With 25 offices in Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties, our brokers serve the Western Washington region including the Seattle, Bellevue/Eastside, Bellingham, Everett, Longview, and Tacoma markets. Our Oregon-based division, Coldwell Banker Seal, services the Portland metropolitan area.<br />
We have 3,300 offices in 50 countries on 6 continents.<br />You will benefit from the global reach and worldwide connections of Coldwell Banker Bain. Through our affiliation with Coldwell Banker, the world’s premier real estate company, we have over 3,300 sister offices throughout the world with over 92,000 sales associates. We call on this network daily to market our clients’ homes and to reach – literally – a world of buyers. <br />No other local real estate company has our connections. When you list your property with us it will gain exposure to buyers and investors from Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. We know that in today’s world your buyer could be anywhere. Only Coldwell Banker is everywhere.<br />
We have 3,300 offices in 50 countries on 6 continents.<br />Countries and territories with a Coldwell Banker presence: <br /><ul><li> Aruba
Panama</li></li></ul><li>Relocation is one of our specialties.<br /> <br />Coldwell Banker Bain is the primary provider of relocation services to many of our region’s largest employers. In fact, in the past year alone we assisted over 4,600 transferees.* We are also the international Cartus broker for Western Washington (Cartus is the largest relocation company in the world).<br />We know that in today’s world your home’s buyer could be anywhere. That’s why we’ve worked hard to develop our vast relocation network, so that we can showcase your home to buyers everywhere.<br />* Transferees assisted by Coldwell Banker Bain and our Portland-based sister company Coldwell Banker Seal.<br /> <br />
We speak your language.<br />At Coldwell Banker Bain we pride ourselves on our diversity. Our brokers come from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, speaking over 30 different languages. This means we can connect with buyers from many different Western Washington communities and from around the world to market your home. International buyers come to us through Coldwell Banker Bain’s relocation department, the region’s largest, and through Coldwell Banker’s global network. <br />So when buyers come to us, from around the world or around the corner, we are ready and well-equipped to meet their needs. While many of our agents are fluent in multiple languages, every Coldwell Banker Bain broker speaks one language fluently: that of the real estate transaction.<br /> <br />Other languages currently spoken by our Realtors: <br /><ul><li> Afrikaans
Urdu</li></li></ul><li>Trust matters.<br /> <br />Trusting in your broker is crucial to having a positive experience when selling your home. Coldwell Banker Bain and I regard this trust as our highest goal and most important asset. <br />I wanted to share with you a few key points from a CB Bain statement that illustrate my company’s commitment to gaining – and maintaining – your trust: <br /><ul><li> We are committed to helping our clients buy or sell a home and to being their </li></ul> advocate every step of the way.<br /><ul><li> We are always 100% accountable to “get it done” on our clients’ behalf.
We respect our competition and the right of others to have different business </li></ul> philosophies; at the same time we never compromise our own core principle of <br /> accountability.<br /><ul><li> It’s the company’s role to resolve issues expeditiously and fairly, remembering that </li></ul> we must always “do the right thing,” both for our brokers and for their clients.<br />In other words, I can rely on Coldwell Banker Bain so that you can rely on me.<br />
Choose full-service for maximum return.<br /> <br />At CB Bain we pride ourselves in being a full-service real estate brokerage. This means we’ll be your partner and advocate every step of the way – before, during and after your transaction. We base our commission structure on this full-service model and back it up with results for you. What are the key differences that allow us to deliver these results?<br /><ul><li>Our Knowledge. Coldwell Banker Bain brokers receive ongoing, proprietary </li></ul> training so that they always have superior knowledge of contracts, the sales <br /> process and negotiation techniques.<br /><ul><li>Our Support. CB Bain’s principal managing brokers are committed to being </li></ul> available to help their brokers and clients, even on nights and weekends.<br /><ul><li>Our Scope. Through our affiliation with Coldwell Banker we have true global </li></ul> access, providing you with a vast network of resources and buyers.<br /><ul><li>Our Internet Presence. We provide maximum exposure for your property on </li></ul> the award-winning cbbain.com and its many affiliate websites.<br /><ul><li>Our Resources. Our partners in mortgage, title, escrow and home warranty </li></ul> services can work with us to complete your transaction in a faster, more <br /> seamless manner. We also have the risk management tools to resolve any <br /> issues that may arise between negotiating parties during the transaction.<br />
Choose a Realtor.®<br /> <br /><ul><li> All Coldwell Banker Bain sales associates are Realtor® members.
Realtors are subject to a national code of conduct and strict business ethics</li></ul> that govern their relationships with clients and other Realtors. Non-Realtors<br /> do not have to follow these standards.<br /><ul><li> Realtorsare required to complete a Code of Ethics training class every four</li></ul> years to maintain currency. Ethics training is not required for non-Realtors.<br /><ul><li> The National Association of Realtors enforces these business rules through</li></ul> a professional standards hearing process locally. There is no process for<br /> the public to file a grievance against a non-Realtor.<br /><ul><li> The term Realtor has come to stand for competency, fairness, and integrity.
Working with a member of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service does not</li></ul> guarantee you’re working with a Realtor. Not all members of the NWMLS <br /> are Realtors.<br /><ul><li> Choosing a Realtor increases your home’s chance of selling for more and </li></ul> reduces the possibility of costly liabilities.<br /> <br />
Professional partners, exceptional results.<br /> <br />Our industry partners bring professionalism and precision to every transaction and work with us to assure your home sale’s success.<br /> <br />As both a mortgage banker and mortgage broker, Landover Mortgage has maximum flexibility to offer you the best price, best response and the best service to meet your closing date. Visit Landover Mortgage at www.landovermortgage.com.<br /> <br />Rainier Title’s highly trained professionals and cutting-edge technology tools assure efficiency and accuracy in each transaction. Visit Rainier Title at www.rainiertitle.com.<br />Escrow Professionals of Washington (EPOW) believe that the most important element in a successful real estate closing is trust. They’re committed to delivering exceptional service tailored to your specific needs. Visit EPOW at www.escrowpros.com. <br />Studies show that homes protected with a Home Warranty have a higher acceptance with buyers, often improving the chance of selling, selling more quickly, and at a higher price. Our partnership with American Home Shield gives you a competitive edge in today’s real estate market. Visit American Home Shield at www.ahs.com.<br /> <br />
We give back with Community Partnerships.<br /> <br />Our Community Partnerships are a unique program designed to help local non-profit organizations with their humanitarian efforts. Through these partnerships, Coldwell Banker Bain brokers have donated more than $1.44 million to over 650 non-profit organizations.* It’s our way of saying “Thank You,” by giving back to the communities where we live and work.<br /> <br />For more information on Community Partnerships, contact me.<br />*Coldwell Banker Bain brokers have participated in Community Partnerships since 1988.<br />
I’ll market your home exactly where buyers will find it.<br />Using available data, I will focus the marketing of your home on the avenues that are most likely to reach potential buyers. Immediately upon listing your home I’ll do three things that typically account for 84% of the ways buyers find their home (see chart):<br />Get your home exposure on the top real estate websites.<br />Market your home directly to other real estate brokers, including those within my own office and company.<br />Use the most effective signage to capture the attention of potential buyers, including when I hold an open house. <br />
Rely on my knowledge to determine your home’s value.<br />Assessing the correct value of a home requires knowledge and experience. There are numerous variables that impact how much a home is worth; my role as your Coldwell Banker Bain broker is to assess which factors are most relevant, and to analyze their impact. <br /> <br />Factors that may impact the current value of your home include:<br />Physical Qualities<br /><ul><li> Size of home & lot
Past appraised value</li></li></ul><li>Setting the right price for your home.<br />Setting the price of a home is a crucial step in the selling process. You can count on me to educate you about the true market value of your home, so that together we’ll make the best decision regarding where to price it. Here are some rules of thumb:<br /> <br /><ul><li> Price Exceeding Market Value. When a home is priced above its current market </li></ul> value, it fails to be presented to the highest-probability buyers. People interested in <br /> the price range in which the home is listed may dismiss it when they compare it to <br /> similarly priced properties. Likely buyers may never see the home since it is priced <br /> outside of their range. For these reasons, an overpriced home will encounter a <br /> longer list time and, in the end, may sell at a lower price.<br /><ul><li>Price Near Market Value. A home priced near its current market value generates</li></ul> exposure to the best pool of prospective buyers. Its pricing is competitive with <br /> similar properties on the market and those targeting this price range are true <br /> potential buyers. Homes priced near market value generally sell within a reasonable <br /> time frame. <br /><ul><li>Price Below Market Value.Homes priced below the market generate considerable</li></ul> exposure very quickly and are likely to be considered a “Great Buy.” As a result,<br /> homes priced below market value tend to sell more quickly.<br />
Buyer Activity<br /> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7<br />Weeks on Market<br />The effect of a home’s time on the market.<br />Pricing your home aggressively at the outset creates the best opportunity to sell it for the best price in the shortest amount of time. <br /> <br />When a home is first listed, all of the buyers looking for a home in that price range and in the home’s general geographic area will determine whether they want to see it. There is only one chance at this pool of buyers, and that is during the first couple of weeks a home is listed. If the home is not competitively priced, the pool of buyers will ignore it and the opportunity to capture their attention will be missed. After the first few weeks, the only people seeing the home will be the ones newly entering the market, so activity levels will decline.<br /> <br />
I give you tools to showcase your home.<br />Potential buyers warm to homes in which they can easily visualize themselves living. Prior to broker previews, buyer showings and open houses, pay attention to the exterior and interior condition of your home. Here are a few tips I recommend to attract the most buyers:<br />Tips for your home’s interior<br /><ul><li>Pick up clutter, toys, shoes and clothing.
Prepare tables with flowers or place </li></ul> settings.<br /><ul><li>Set out coffee table books or a board game.
Keep pets out of the way and make sure the</li></ul> home is “pet-odor-free.”<br />Tips for your home’s exterior<br /><ul><li>Mow grass; keep shrubs trimmed and trees</li></ul> pruned. <br /><ul><li>Pick up garden tools, hoses and newspapers.
Sweep front walkway, porch and any outdoor</li></ul> living spaces. <br /><ul><li>Clean up after pets.
Add decorative plantings or hanging baskets.</li></ul>Additional tips<br /><ul><li>Secure jewelry, cash, prescription</li></ul> medications and other valuables.<br /><ul><li>It’s best to leave while your home is being </li></ul> shown.<br /><ul><li>Refer inquiries from people not </li></ul> accompanied by a broker to me; I will <br /> prescreen them for you.<br />
I will open the door to more buyers.<br />An open house can be a very effective way to find buyers for your home. It gives more market exposure to your property and provides the opportunity to have multiple sets of buyers view your home simultaneously. Since almost half of all buyers use an open house as an information source during their home search*, I understand the importance of holding an open house at your home. <br /> <br />When I host your open house, I’ll promote it to the widest range of buyers in the market. I’ll advertise it on CBBain.com, coldwellbanker.com, openhouse.com, and will make sure it receives additional local exposure by entering it into the Northwest Multiple Listing Service’s open house database so that it appears on other brokerage websites as well. <br />Not all brokers take these steps to promote an open house, but I do. Simply put, if I host an open house at your home, I’ll make sure it gets the widest possible exposure to the most buyers across the market.<br />* Source: National Association of Realtors® 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers<br />
I’ll help you enhance your home’s appeal to buyers.<br />Home staging is an important step in preparing your home for sale. Properly done, it can have a dramatic impact on the demand for – and final price of – your home. Before staging, your home is likely to have a strong imprint of your unique taste, furnishings, colors and decor, which can distract the focus of the buyer. After staging, the best features of your home are brought to the foreground, allowing buyers to imagine your home as their own. <br /> <br /> <br />If you wish to stage your home yourself, I’ll get you started with a needs assessment. I can also recommend one of the region’s top professional staging services. Either way, I’ll help you enhance your home’s appeal so that it stands out to the most buyers and apart from the competition. <br />
A winning combination.<br />When you list your home with me, it will appear on some of the most visited real estate websites. These include the award-winning coldwellbanker.com, as well as other high-traffic sites that utilize multi-tiered search criteria to drive targeted buyers to your home. <br /> <br />Through Coldwell Banker Bain’s many online partnerships (list below), I’ll deliver increased web exposure for your home and – even better – qualified buyers. Now that’s a winning combination! <br /> <br /><ul><li> OpenHouse.com
Zillow.com</li></li></ul><li>I’ll market your home with video.<br /> <br /> <br />More and more consumers watch video online. In fact, studies show that after consumers watch an online video, over half move closer to making a purchase. This means video can be an extremely effective online marketing tool. <br />So when you list your home with me, I can feature it on cbbain.com with a high quality video presentation. Not only can I showcase your video on cbbain.com, I can also broadcast your home to potential buyers across the web on YouTube and Google. <br /> <br /> <br />Home shoppers who view a video of your home online are much more likely to be engaged with and entertained by the listing. These potential buyers will feel as if they’ve visited your home in person, before they’ve even stepped through the front door. <br />
Our many search options lead buyers to your home.<br />According to the National Association of Realtors, 90% of homebuyers use the Internet as an information source during their search. With this in mind we’ve developed our award-winning website, CBBain.com, with plenty of search options so buyers can easily find your home. <br /> <br />Interactive Home Search. When buyers enter their search criteria on the home page of CBBain.com, they can choose a Map option which engages our Interactive Home Search feature. This gives them high-resolution images of your neighborhood with options to view your property from multiple angles.<br />Neighborhood Search. Buyers can also find your property using our Neighborhood Search feature which allows them to search by property type, home attributes, or extra features such as a view or waterfront location.<br />Zip Code Search.Buyers looking for homes in your neighborhood can narrow their search to the zip code level, right from the home page of CBBain.com.<br />Radius Search.We’ve built this innovative tool to display every home for sale within a specified distance of an address.<br />My Home Planner.CBBain.com also will do the searching for your buyer through our My Home Planner tool. When buyers engage this feature, they receive emails with a complete list of new homes – like yours – that meet their pre-selected criteria. <br />
Our web tools keep buyers focused on your home.<br />We’ve designed CBBain.com with search options that lead prospective buyers to your home. These tools will keep them focused on it:<br />My Home Planner. This tool emails buyers a complete list of new-on-the-market homes that meet their search criteria, letting them get a jump on hot properties, like your home, that meet their specific needs. My Home Planner also allows buyers to save your property to their Favorites list so it stays at the top of their minds.<br />Property Detail Page. Your home will have its own web page on cbbain.com with as many as 15 photos of your home and detailed information specific to the property. This is where buyers will find a video or virtual tour of your home as well.<br />Social Sharing. Interested buyers can share your listing directly from its property detail page by emailing a link to it or by posting it to Facebook and Twitter.<br />Property Flyers. Buyers can easily print out a flyer with photos and details about your home. They can even map your home for easy directions to a showing.<br />Mortgage Calculator. Buyers interested in your home can estimate the mortgage payment quickly and efficiently with the easy-to-use calculators on CBBain.com.<br />
We’ll share your home across social networks.<br />Social networking sites are more popular than ever, with 75% of American households using these digital communities to connect and communicate. In fact, social media usage now exceeds web-based email usage. Recognizing the significance of these trends, we’ve developed a tool to easily share your home’s web listing with prospective buyers across the two most popular networks, Facebook and Twitter.<br />Icons for these sites will be positioned on your home’s property detail page on cbbain.com so that buyers can easily post a link to the page on Facebook and Twitter. Users can add their own comments before sharing the information with their social networks.<br />With this tool you, your family and friends, and I can all share your home’s web listing with our social networks. In an instant, your home will gain significant added exposure to potential buyers within these thriving digital communities.<br />* 2010 Nielsen report: Internet & Social Media Consumer Insights<br />
We use texting to attract buyers.<br />Coldwell Banker Bain is committed to finding effective new ways to attract buyers to your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, over 50% of buyers use For Sale yard signs as an information source when home searching.* With this in mind, we’ve combined the effectiveness of For Sale signs with the convenience of text messaging to make it easy for buyers to learn more about your home. <br /> <br />By texting a number displayed on your property’s sign, buyers receive key information about your home quickly and conveniently. Additional options allow the buyer to request more information or to interact directly with me to set up a showing.<br /> <br />Buyers who pay attention to For Sale signs are already interested prospects. With our user-friendly texting technology we have yet another way to connect with them. They’ll receive instant information about your home, making it stand out from the competition – in their minds and on their mobile devices. <br />* Source: National Association of Realtors® 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers<br />
You deserve more.<br />You’ll benefit from the many steps I’ll take to target the best buyers for your home, steps that go way beyond the industry standard.<br /> <br />
Get the holiday edge.<br />We can get an edge on the market by listing your home during the holidays. Here are some of the reasons to consider doing so:<br />Motivated Buyers. End-of-the-year buyers are more serious and motivated. Some buyers receive a favorable tax deduction on closing costs before year’s end. Also, corporate transferees may not be able to wait until the spring to buy.<br />Less Competition – Fewer homes on the market during the holidays means less competition for the serious buyers who are actively looking.<br />More Time – During the holidays, many buyers have more time to look at homes. Lenders and escrow agents are typically less busy and have more time to devote to the successful close of your home.<br />Holiday Appeal – Buyers can respond more emotionally during a holiday home search. Neighborhood festivities, decorated homes, and the spirit of the season all can positively influence a buyer’s decision to make an offer.<br />