One of the most important questions to ask around home ownership is, when should I decide to sell my home? When you are thinking about selling your home, you need to look at all factors that can affect the selling process. This can help determine the right time for you!


Why Should I Sell?

Why do you want to sell your property? Is your intent to find a larger property? Do you plan on moving to another neighborhood, school district, city or state? You might think your reasons are obvious, but it would do well to consider the implications of each option for your lifestyle, opportunities, and finances. Being clear about your intentions for selling will make it easier for us to determine the most appropriate option for your specified financial, lifestyle, and real estate goals.


When Should I Decide to Sell My Home?

You should immediately establish your time frame for selling. If you need to sell quickly, we can speed up the process by giving you a complete market analysis and action plan to obtain all of your goals. If there is no pressing need to sell immediately, you can sit down with one of our expert real estate agents to thoroughly review the current market conditions and find the most favorable time to sell.


What is the Market Like?

When you work with us, you can be sure that you will have our knowledge, expertise and negotiating skills at work for you to arrive at the best market prices and terms. We will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and conditions of competing properties. With us, you will know exactly how to price and when to sell your property. We will also clarify a fair timeline for the selling process based on current market trends.


How do I Optimize My Finances?

Deciding to sell your property demands a serious consideration of your current financial situation and future possibilities. With the help of our qualified agents, you will be able to effectively assess the cumulative impact of these changes, estimate potential proceeds of selling your property, and plan effective tax savings and estate planning strategies. Servus Realty Group will ensure that you not only take control of your finances, but use them to their fullest potential.


After you have decided to sell your home you need to select an agent and price for your home. These steps really go hand in hand as a real estate agent will help guide you on fair market value of your home.


What to Look For in an Agent

The following are a couple of factors to keep in mind when looking for a listing agent:



The most important factor in choosing a real estate professional is their education in the real estate industry. Our professionals have advanced training and education, allowing them to be among the top agents in the world, and earning prestigious designations in the various fields of real estate.


Experience and Expertise

You want a full-time agent who is familiar with your area and with the type of property you intend to sell. Does he or she employ a diverse range of marketing and advertising strategies? How tech-savvy is your agent? How many similar properties has he or she been able to sell in the past?


Availability and Commitment

Your agent should be capable of prompt and decisive action during the course of selling your property. Does your agent make it a point to keep in touch with you constantly? Can your agent easily be contacted in case of emergencies or even for the simplest questions? Is your agent available on the weekends or in the evenings when most buyers are out looking?



Does your agent take the time to listen to your goals and clarify your needs? Can your agent understand your unique situation and be genuinely concerned about the outcome of the process? Your listing agent will be your guide and partner in this crucial decision, so it is important to find one with whom you can get along.


Why Should you Choose our Professionals?

There are many excellent reasons why you should choose us to assist you in this important undertaking. We will ensure that you maximize your opportunities in the current real estate market by informing you of current marketing trends, and using them to our advantage. Our agents also have extensive lists of contacts from current/past clients and various organizations that we are members of to help bring the most to the table. We will also guide you through the complicated paperwork involved, from the initial agreement to the final documents. We will do that hard work, so that you don’t have to.


What is Your Property Worth?

Without a professional agent, most independent property sellers tend to overestimate or underestimate the value of their property. You can avoid this pitfall by consulting with an experienced real estate listing agent. Our agents at Servus Realty Group will do their best to ensure your needs are met, and we will work hard to help you get the most value out of your home! Call us at (864) 787-3299 for your free consultation.


If you are going to prepare to sell your home, you want to consult with real estate agent. A real estate agent is going to not only teach you tips and tricks, but they can be an unbiased opinion to help you understand the true value of your home. This will help set you up for success in order to limit the days on the market, as well as earn you more money.


What to do to Prepare to Sell

The following are a couple of factors to keep in mind when listing your property for sale:


Curb Appeal

It is important that the landscape to the property is well kept. Adding in perennials or annuals can really help the property to stand out at first glance. In some cases the house may need to be pressure washed or the gutters cleaned out to ensure that the physical appearance stands out.


Property Repairs

Simple upgrades such as window repairs, polishing the doorknobs, and a fresh coat of paint in the most frequently used rooms will instantly brighten up the property. While you can always have more in depth repairs, some small touch ups go a long way, without you having to come out of pocket as much.


Cleanliness and Staging

Keep your property uncluttered, sweet-smelling and well-lit from top-to-bottom. Pay attention to details: put away the kitty litter, place a vase of fresh flowers near the entryway, pop a batch of cinnamon rolls in the oven, have your carpets cleaned. Your agent will scan the property before it is listed for sale to see how you can improve the staging of your property.


Disclosures and Inspections

We are very familiar with the legal procedures involved in disclosures and are ready to help you develop a thorough disclosure statement beneficial to both you and the buyer, as well as suggest home improvement measures before placing your property on the market (such as termite and pest inspections).



Presenting your property to potential buyers is a job that we will take care of for you. Buyers feel more comfortable discussing the property with the agent, if you are not there. Moreover, your agent will know what information will be most useful in representing your interests when speaking with prospective buyers.


Have our Expert Agents Sell Your Home

When you are selling your home, an experienced real estate agent can really help make the process so much better. They do all the heavy lifting for you, so that you can get the most out of your home. Contact our team at Servus Realty Group, and we will do our best to ensure that your selling experience is the best for you.


There are many factors that take into affect when accepting an offer on your house. These are factors that you might be blindsided by without a selling agent working for you.


The Price is Not Always Right

As someone selling your home, you might think, “The higher the price, the better the offer.” This is not always true. Price is not always the determining factor when accepting an offer for a few important reasons:

  • The initial offer is usually not final
  • There are a number of terms and conditions that may influence the final outcome of a price.
  • You can trust our professionals to help you thoroughly evaluate every proposal without compromising your marketing position.


Negotiating the Right Way

We take the ethical responsibility of fairly negotiating contractual terms very seriously. It is our job to find a win-win agreement that is beneficial to all parties involved. You may even have to deal with multiple offers before ratifying the one you judge to be the most suitable for you – and as your agents, we will guarantee a thorough and objective assessment of each offer to help you make the right choice.


The Initial Agreement and Deposit

An effective agreement is a legal arrangement between a potential purchaser and the property’s seller. Laws vary from state to state, but in order to be a legally binding agreement, the agreement may require consideration. This consideration (initial and additional deposit) is to be held in the closing agent’s escrow account pending the fulfillment of conditions or contingencies in the effective agreement.


Some important tips to keep in mind to streamline the process even further:


Keep written records of everything

For the sake of clarity, it will be extremely useful to transcribe all verbal agreements including counter-offers and addendums, and convert them to written agreements to be signed by both parties. We will assist you in drafting all the paperwork for your sale and make sure that you have copies of everything.


Stick to the schedule

Now that you have chosen your offer, you and the buyer will be given a timeline to mark every stage in the process of closing the real estate contract. Meeting the requirements on time ensures a smoother flow of negotiations and also ensures that each party involved is not in breach of their agreements. During the process we will keep you constantly updated so you will always be prepared for the next step.


Consult with Your Agent

During the process of accepting an offer, you may have many questions regarding timeline, and true value of the home after closing. An experienced real estate agent is going to be able to help answer your questions to help make you comfortable throughout the process of selling your home. Servus Realty Group has over 20 years of experience selling homes in the upstate of South Carolina.


After an offer is accepted and before closing you often hear terms such as escrow, inspections, and appraisals. These items play critical roles in the ability for the sale to move forward to closing.


Loan Approval 

We suggest that you accept buyers who have a lender’s pre-approval, approval letter, or written loan commitment, which is a better guarantee of loan approval than a pre-qualification or no documentation from a lending institute. Expect an appraiser from the lender’s company to review your property and verify that the sales price is appropriate.


Inspections and Appraisals

Most buyers will have the property inspected by a licensed property inspector within the time frame that was agreed upon in the effective contract to purchase. Some buyers will have several different inspectors inspect the property, if they wish to obtain professional opinions from inspectors who specialize in a specific area (eg. roof, HVAC, structure).


If the agreement is conditional upon financing, then the property will be appraised by a licensed appraiser to determine the value for the lending institution via third party. This is done so that the lending institution can confirm their investment in your property is accurate. A buyer of a commercial property may also have a complete environmental audit performed and/or soil test, if required by the lending institution.


The Closing Agent

A Closing attorney will be selected as the closing agent, whose job is to examine and insure clear title to real estate. After researching the complete recorded history of your property, they will certify that 1) your title is free and clear of encumbrances (eg. mortgages, leases, or restrictions, liens) by the date of closing; and 2) all new encumbrances are duly included in the title.



A contingency is a condition that must be met before a contract becomes legally binding. For instance, a buyer will usually include a contingency stating that their contract is binding only when there is a satisfactory home inspection report from a qualified inspector.


Before completing his or her purchase of your property, the buyer goes over every aspect of the property, as provided for by purchase agreements and any applicable addendums. These include:


Obtaining financing and insurance;

Reviewing all pertinent documents, such as preliminary title reports and disclosure documents; and

Inspecting the property. The buyer has the right to determine the condition of your property by subjecting it to a wide range of inspections, such as roof, termite/pest, chimney/fireplace, property boundary survey, well, septic, pool/spa, arborist, mold, lead based paint, HVAC, etc.

Depending on the outcome of these inspections, one of three things may happen:

1. Either each milestone is successfully closed and the contingencies will be removed, bringing you one step closer to the closing; or


2. The buyer, after reviewing the property and the papers, requests a renegotiation of the terms of contract (usually the price).

3. The contract may be terminated for a negotiated termination fee. 


How do you respond objectively and fairly to the buyer when a renegotiation is demanded, while acting in your best interests? This is when a professional listing agent can make a real difference in the outcome of the transaction. Having dealt with various property sales in the past, we guarantee our expertise and total commitment to every customer, no matter what their situation is.


Help with Escrow, Inspections, and Appraisals

Obviously there can be multiple factors that affect the sale of a home. Having an experienced real estate agent can help you navigate complications while ensure that your needs are met. Contact the experienced agents at Servus Realty Group for your free consultation today. Call us at (864) 787-3299 to receive help selling your home today!


The final step in selling a home is closing day. If all prep work prior to closing day has been handled correctly, then this day should pretty simple. However, that is not always the case. Be sure to communicate with your realtor to be sure all boxes have been checked.

What is entailed in the Closing Day?

If you have come this far, this means that it is almost time for a congratulations, but not yet. Do not forget to tie up these loose ends:

Final Walk-Through Inspection

More of a formality than anything else, the final inspection takes place the day before, or the day of the closing. The buyer visits the property to verify that all is in working order, everything is the same as when the buyer last viewed the property, and that there are no extra items left behind.

Cancel Home Services and Utilities

We will provide a list of useful numbers for the termination of home services and utilities after the closing occurs.

Avoiding Potential Hiccups

We are ready to assist you should an unforeseen glitch pop up, even at this last stage. If something at the property breaks down or the buyers’ loan does not pull through on time, there is no need to worry. We have encountered these problems before so we know how to handle them efficiently and in a stress-free manner.

Settlement and Signatures

The closing agent will furnish all parties involved with a settlement statement, which summarizes and details the financial transactions enacted in the process. The buyer(s) will sign this statement and then you will sign as well as the closing agent, certifying its accuracy. If you are unable to attend the scheduled closing, then arrangements can be made depending on the circumstances and the notice that we receive.

Finally, if you are receiving funds from the transaction, you can elect to either have the funds wired electronically to an account at your financial institution, or have a check issued to you at the closing. The seller should arrange to have all property keys and any other important information for the new purchaser at the closing, so that the purchaser may receive these items at this time.

The Servus Realty Group Difference

Closing day should not be a stressful day if everything was handled correctly. An experienced agent will be sure that all items have been handled up until closing day to ensure that your day is one of relief and excitement for your future! Call the agents at Servus Realty Group for your free consultation, and we can begin your listing process today!

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