It can be easy to get overwhelmed when selling the home of a loved one who has passed away, which is why bringing in a caring real estate agent who can help you every step along the way is so important.
Probate and Title: The first step is determining who has the legal authority to sell the home and clearing up any title issues. The Portland Maine Living Team has numerous connections with the legal world and can help you make sure you don’t run into issues with the title down the road that can complicate the closing.
Cleaning Out and Staging: Staged homes tend to sell more quickly and for a higher amount than non-staged homes but sometimes with estate properties, the furnishings and finishes of the home may be dated. We can work with you to figure out if you should keep the home as is to sell it or if it would make sense to clear out the home and freshen it up by removing dated carpets and applying fresh paint and then stage the home for sale. We can also help coordinate and connect you with estate clean out services that can help you and your family sell, donate, and recycle any unwanted items and even arrange to have items packed and moved for family members.
Identifying and Fixing Any Issues: Because many people selling estate homes have never lived in the property, it’s important to have an experienced agent walk through the home with you to help identify any major issues that could scare buyers off or that could cause problems with some types of financing. Maine’s property disclosure laws require sellers, including sellers of estate properties, to disclose any known material defects in the property as well as provide information on: heating sources and fuel consumption; the water supply system; the waste disposal system; and the presence or potential presence of hazardous materials including asbestos, lead-based paint, radon, and underground oil storage tanks. The Portland Maine Living Team can work with you to complete all the appropriate disclosures as well as fix any issues that could trigger problems during a buyer’s inspection of the property.
Listing the Home at the Right Price: Because some estate homes can be dated, it’s important to price the properties appropriately so they sell quickly. The longer a property sits on the market, the more people start thinking, “what’s wrong with it?” We can help you price the property appropriately to sell. Contact us for a free comparative market analysis of the home.
Professional Photography and Marketing: Many buyers won’t even visit a property unless they like the look of the photos in the listing and marketing materials. The Portland Maine Living Team always hires a professional real estate photographer at our expense to photograph our listings to highlight the best features of your home without misleading buyers.
Getting you to Closing: Due to the lack of inventory and the popularity of the Portland area, many homes are selling with multiple offers on the property. We can help you sort through the offers on your home and negotiate on your behalf. We’ll then work closely with the title company chosen by the buyer or lender to make sure the closing goes smoothly and everyone leaves happy.
We’ll be here with you every step of the way. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.