Home Selling Tips

  • Plan and Prepare your Home. The home-selling process typically starts several months before a property is made available for sale. It's necessary to look at a home through the eyes of a prospective buyer and determine what needs to be cleaned, painted, repaired and tossed out.


  • Find a Realtor. REALTORS® are community experts, they track real estate trends, share neighborhood concerns and participate in local matters. They're good neighbors who are in the business of helping others buy and sell homes.

  • Selling Price.  The value of your home relates to local sale prices. The same home, located elsewhere, would likely have a different value.


  • Marketing Your Home.  Homes are different. Each is unique, the marketplace is always in flux, interest rates constantly change and new buyers search for homes each day. With such fluidity, it requires REALTORS® to craft marketing plans specifically for individual homes and market conditions.

  •  Selling Your Home. No less important, a home sale by itself can be complex. There will be people looking at your house, documents to sign and issues to be negotiated.

                       Home Buying Tips

  • Getting Started. The days of  getting a loan with little or nothing down are not available to everyone: Today you need good credit. So at least one year prior to purchasing a home, you should assure that every credit card bill, rent check, car payment and other debt is paid in full and on time.  You should also obtain your credit to determine if you have any adverse reporting. You can get a FREE report from all three agencies once a year at www.annualcreditreport.com . The report is free but the agencies will charge a fee to obtain a credit score.  This will allow you time to address and correct any issues before the lender has a chance to  see your credit report.

  •  Finding a Realtor. Once hired for the job, I will provide you with information detailing current market conditions, financing options and negotiating issues that might apply to a given situation.  As your REALTOR® I will be able to provide guidance on Step1.

  • Get Pre Approved. "Pre-approval" means you have met with a loan officer, your credit files have been reviewed and the loan officer believes you can readily qualify for a given loan amount with one or more specific mortgage programs. The approval process will take place after you’ve chosen a home.

  • Look at Homes. Each of us is different and so it's important to list the features and benefits you want in a home. Consider such things as pricing, location, size, amenities (extras such as a pool or extra-large kitchen) and design (one floor or two, colonial or modern, etc.).

  •  Choosing a Home. No aspect of the home buying process is more complex, personal or variable than bargaining between buyers and sellers. This is the point where the value of an experienced REALTOR® is clearly evident because he or she knows the community, has seen numerous homes for sale, knows local values and has spent years negotiating realty transactions.

These are only a few tips provided by Realtor.com toward the Buying and Selling process. For a complete list of helpful tips and useful tools, visit Realtor.com a National Association of Realtors site.

Lawrence Johnson, REALTORS Inc  

4222 Mill Branch Rd  Memphis, TN . 38116                     Office   (901) 345-1600   Cell (901) 481-2276  email:kevin@kevinmillsrealestate.com