Seller Frequently Asked Questions
SELLING A HOME IS A STRESSFUL PROCESS. I WILL WORK HARD TO MAKE IT AS EASY AS POSSIBLE
We begin with establishing pricing based upon the market in your neighborhood.
I will offer some suggestions on how to enhance the house’s appeal to buyers.
I will provide you with an aggressive marketing plan based upon appealing directly to buyers and working with other agents to expose the property to their clients.
We will work together to negotiate the best offer and I will guide you through the escrow process.
WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED IN SELLING MY PROPERTY?
- The brokerage fee (generally 5-6% divided between the agents and their companies involved in the transaction)
- Escrow and title fees. The escrow fee is generally split between the buyer and seller. The seller is generally responsible for the title insurance (insuring that they have the legal ability to sell the property).
- In Santa Barbara, the county will charge a tax of $1.1 on each $1,000 in sale price.
- The Cities of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria require a zoning inspection prior to the close of escrow to ascertain that the property conforms to building codes. This is paid for by the seller.
- The seller is usually asked to provide a wood destroying pest report (termites and such) and make repairs for damage found. The buyer may also ask for other items found to be problems during the contractor inspection to be repaired which are open to negotiation.