BCCDC Real Estate by Marcie Sandalow

Selling an Estate in Bethesda, MD

said on February 12th, 2011 filed under: Information for Sellers, Out of Town Sellers/Estate Sales

I was talking to a client the other day about selling her mother’s estate in Bethesda, MD.  She was feeling a little frazzled. There is so much that goes into preparing a home for sale, and it’s especially challenging when it isn’t your own home, or if you live out of town.  During our discussion, I realized I had addressed many of her issues in previous blogs.  So folks, I’ve pulled them all together into one spot… read on:

bigstock_Garage_Sale_Goodies_14971671.  How to Sell an Estate in Bethesda (and Beyond…).  This one covers the basics, including what to do with the stuff that’s left over (not wanted, but not ready for the trash bin).

2.  Staging Your Home.  Furnished homes typically sell more quickly and for more money than their unfurnished counterparts..  At Evers & Company, we provide free staging for empty homes (or homes that need a little extra umph) as long as you are willing to pay for the transportation of the furniture.  Compare this to a professional staging service and you’ll realize you’re saving a bundle.

3.  Six Reasons NOT to Renovate When Selling.  Sometimes there are legitimate reasons for not putting any money into a house as you prepare it for market.  Not often, but sometimes!

4.  How to Avoid Inspection Jitters.  If you don’t like surprises, you might be the perfect candidate for an inspection prior to listing your property.

5.  2010 Real Estate Statistics for Bethesda, Chevy Chase & DC.  If you’re trying to sell a property while residing in another town, it’s best to get a handle on the local market.  This article summarizes all that happened in and around Bethesda in 2010.

6.  Empty House?  Check your Insurance Policy.  If the house you are selling is vacant,  your regular home insurance might not be adequate should something go wrong.

7. Signing Paperwork while out of town.  Out of town sales used to involve messy, illegible faxes.  If a lawyer can’t sign for you, Docusign (a legal electronic signature) makes it pretty darned easy (and clear!).  Great for those last minute documents that need signing yesterday.

Selling an estate in Bethesda, MD when  you live in Los Angeles needn’t be a royal P.I.T.A.  Find a good local  Realtor, make sure all of your check list items are covered properly, and be decisive.  Believe it or not, there’s a real lack of inventory in the close-in DC marketplace (as of this writing), so you might strike while the iron is hot.  And I know just the Realtor who can take care of business!  Call me.

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