Oregon Coast Realty

Bret Curtis,Owner/Principal Broker

Bret Curtis,Owner/Principal Broker

703 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, Oregon

541-40-REMAX Email Me

Marie Curtis, Owner/Principal Broker

RE/MAX Coast and Country

541-661-3056 Email Me

RE/MAX Coast and Country

For Sellers

Selling your home shouldn't be a stressful ordeal. Making the smart move of choosing a REALTOR® is your first step to ensuring that your investment in your home pays off. Our services and experience allow you to focus on your move while we manage your home sale from our initial consultation to the closing deal, and beyond. We pride ourselves on repeat business and hope you'll come to understand why.

What We will do for you
Recent Home Sales
Getting the highest price
Closing Costs

As Your Agent, We Will:

  • Complete a comparative market analysis that will compare your home's value to that of your neighbors.
  • Compile a comprehensive plan detailing all the efforts we will employ to sell your home, including Internet and local media.
  • Present your home to as many qualified buyers as possible getting your home maximum exposure.
  • Help you stage your home and generate curb appeal to ensure you get the highest price.
  • Assist with obtaining offers and help you in negotiating the best deal as smoothly as possible.
  • Help you find your next home and answer all of your questions about the local market area, including schools, neighborhoods, the local economy, and more.

Recent Home Sales

What are homes selling for on your street? Feel free to contact me to find out what neighborhood homes are selling for, free of charge, or to receive a more detailed analysis of the value of your home.

Getting the Highest Price for Your Home

Curb appeal is key and could make a difference whether people stop and take a flyer, or drive right by. Here are a few tips to increase the curb appeal of your home. Staging your home is important. Many buyers will stay in your home longer if it's staged appropriately. I have compiled some ideas to present your home in the most effective manner.

Closing Costs to Expect:

  • Title insurance fees depend on the sales price of the home.
  • Broker's commission is a full-service fee and will cost anywhere between 5% to 7%.
  • Local property transfer tax, county transfer tax, state transfer tax, and state capital gains tax are the charges that you'll pay for the privilege of selling your home. Credit to the buyer of unpaid real estate taxes for the prior or current year are variable and depend on when you close and when your taxes are due.
  • FHA fees and costs are all fees are now negotiable between an FHA buyer and seller.
  • Home inspections fees are in some circumstances paid for by the seller and include pest, radon and other inspections.
  • Miscellaneous fees can accrue from correcting problems noticed during the home inspection.
Find out how much your closing costs could be.

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How to Show Your Home
When a realtor wants to show your home, if you can, leave. You really can't help at the first showing. The buyers must discover for themselves the good and bad of your home.

You can prepare ahead of time by looking at your home as if you are a buyer, inspecting it for problems and taking in a general sense of its state of upkeep.

    Some things to look for include:
  • Weak Floors
  • Carpets that need Stretching
  • Doors that Leak
  • Roof Wear and Leaks
  • Deck Dry Rot
  • Water Damage - Ceiling, Walls, and Decks
  • Cracks in Walls from Settling

These are all things you can, at least initially, look for yourself, just as the buyer would. Even after you examine your house for structural faults, go over it looking at the simpler details:

  • Clean Kitchen
    Make it look orderly and easy to use
  • Clean Bathroom
    Details count here, even having the toilet seat down

It always amazes me how much buyers take in during such a short period of time, and the state of your home makes an important impression, contributing to the buyers' decision between several homes.

At this time, buyers are comparing, for example, two houses at the same price. One needs $3,000 in repairs, one doesn't. The home needing repairs loses.

Give the buyers room to decide. If you're there, you only add tension to the process.

Keep silent. Do not volunteer any information about yourself, your plans or your home, especially if an agent from another firm is showing your property. Under Oregon's agency disclosure laws, that agent is representing the buyer, not you, and they will make an issue of everything you say. If you must answer, say "talk to my agent about that." The best thing to do is get out.

What if the buyer comes to you directly?
Remember: "name, rank, and serial number."
Don't volunteer. Let the buyers in and encourage them to look on their own. Buyers have an obligation to do due diligence. Don't do it for them. If you do, you pay.

Give them as much freedom as you can. Let the buyer discover. Remember that everything you volunteer always becomes an unwritten contract. Use statements like, "In my opinion", "to the best of my knowledge", "I have never experienced that myself," and so on. Avoid words like absolutely, no, never, always, yes.

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