1.  
What is a SHORT SALE? (If a SHORT SALE does not apply to your circumstances, please go to #4.)
A SHORT SALE allows you to sell your home for less than you owe. We often get lenders to accept less than the full amount of the loan.
 
2.
Why should I consider a SHORT SALE?
A SHORT SALE will not effect your credit as much as a foreclosure, and we can often get the banks to agree NOT to come after you for the amount of their loss. 
 
3.
Why should I choose GOLDEN ARROW REALTY to handle my SHORT SALE?
We have years of experience, excellent customer service, and we have a few surprises we know are going to put a smile on your face.  For details, see our SHORT SALE TIPS page. 
 
 
4.
Should I really use a Real Estate Broker ?
According to the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, "Choosing the right person (Real Estate Broker) to sell your home is once of the most important steps of selling."
 
5. Why should I choose GOLDEN ARROW REALTY to handle my regular sale?
We have years of experience, excellent customer service skills, and we sincerely care about helping you sell your home or investment property for the best market price possible. Read our Testimonials page.
 
6. Will you charge me to find out what my property's worth?
No, we won't. We will provide you with a detailed report about your property's value and sit down with you and review the report and answer all of your questions. The decision to sell or not is yours. As real estate professionals, we will help you obtain all of the information you need, so you can make an informed decision.
 
7. What happens when I decide to sell my property?
When you decide you want to sell your property, we will:
  • Consult with you about your asking price
  • Give you tips about preparing and showcasing your property
  • Work with you to schedule showings in a way that will be convenient and stress-free
  • Provide you with the property disclosure paperwork legally required for you to complete for buyers as well as answer questions about these forms. 
  • Discuss a listing agreement/contract and commission terms as well as ask you to complete all necessary paperwork.

    We will ALWAYS answer all of your questions throughout the entire selling process.
8.
How are you going to advertise my property?
In addition to showcasing you property in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and on our website, we will run print ads, and we will place online ads. We will also be happy to hold OPEN HOUSES for you.
 
9.
How can I prepare to show my property?
Maintain your properties exterior: If you live in a single-family home or town home, maintain your lawn or landscaping. In the winter, shovel and de-ice walkways. In a condominium, pay attention to the area in front of your doorway. Keep it neat and inform the superintendent of any problems, such as burned out lights. Make balconies or decks inviting.
  • Set the stage: "Staging" is the art of arranging your furniture and accessories to optimize the presentation of your property. Your Golden Arrow Realty agent can advise you on how to stage your property or recommend a professional stager.
  • Brighten your property: Light give the impression of space, so it is important for every room in your property to have ample light any time of day.  Prior to showings, wash windows, raise blinds and turn on lights. Add floor or table lamps to brighten dark rooms or corners.
  • De-Clutter: It's one of the most important steps to preparing your property for sale, and the one that every seller dreads. Nevertheless, go through your property room by room and ask yourself what you can throw away and what you can put into storage. Then, do it again.
  • Clean your closets: Today closet space can be a deal maker or breaker. Once again, go through closets and pantries and throw away, give away or put away anything you don't need for the next few weeks. 
  • Spruce up kitchens and baths: Organize drawers and cabinets, clear off counters, clean refrigerators and ovens (Yes, people actually open them), and make sure these very important rooms look their best at all times.
  • Clean carpets and upholstery: Have carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned, especially if stains are visible or if you have a pet.
  • Paint: A fresh coat of pain is the least expensive, most effective way to enhance the appearance of your property. Use neutral colors.
10.
What happens when I get an offer?
 
When an offer comes in, we will help you review all the terms and conditions included in the offer. Then, we will discuss the pros and cons with you. We will also provide you with updated information on the market value of your property and consult with you regarding all counteroffers.

Once the offer is accepted, there can be many obstacles that may need to be overcome during the process. We will be your problem-solvers. We will follow-up with attorneys and lenders to ensure that everything is going according to schedule.You can rest assured that we will do our best to help resolve any issues that may arise.

To ensure a smooth closing, we will be there every step along the way. If needed, we can also save you time and energy by providing you with a list of professional vendors we use ourselves like Real Estate attorneys and building trades contractors.
 
11.  
Can you recommend a Real Estate Glossary?
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