Your home: An insider’s view from a recent NEJC home seller

This past week, our Director of Operations (Rebecca Holcombe), had an awesome idea. She suggested that I interview a recent seller and buyer for our column. Immediately, I loved the idea. I can go on and on about our market, but nothing speaks to a potential seller or buyer like someone who just sold or bought a home.

My first client interview was with Mrs. Sara Callen. She and her husband, Clayton, recently sold their home in Prairie Village. Unfortunately for us, they have moved to Dallas, but Sara was kind enough to make some time to answer a few questions for me. Here is what Sara had to share.

Chad: Based on your experience with selling recently, how would you describe the market?

Sara: It is a strong market! We had a lot of showings in just a few days on the market and then sold quickly.

Chad: How much time did it take for you to prepare your home for sale?

Sara: We spent several weeks preparing our home. We rented a storage unit for extra items that we weren’t using (like off-season clothing, kitchen items, etc…). We also took down personal photographs and replaced them with other artwork. Lastly, we replaced worn items like rugs and towels to freshen things up.

Chad: What did you look for in a Realtor?

Sara: Our main goal was to find a strong advocate. We wanted someone who would get to know our home and then create a marketing plan that would play to its strengths. We wanted someone who was organized and communicated well. It was also important to find someone who was familiar with our neighborhood.

Chad: What surprised you about the process, good and bad?

Sara: I will give you the bad first. I was surprised at how difficult it is to have and keep your home show ready at a moment’s notice. The good surprise was how quickly we sold our home. Actually, it was a great surprise.

Chad: What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

Sara: Clayton and I have both discussed it and we would have hired a Realtor from the beginning instead of trying to sell it on our own. Having a good Realtor made the process of selling much faster and much easier. We could have saved ourselves several weeks of work had we just done that from the start.

Chad: If you could offer a potential seller only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Sara: Don’t wait on your projects. Start preparing your home today.

Chad: Is there anything that I should have asked you that I did not? Any other advice for a seller?

Sara: Sure. Stay updated on the market because it changes quickly. And then make sure that you research the Realtor that you are considering for the job.

I would like to offer a special thank you to Sara for her time and honesty. We wish you the best in the big “D”!

We will be chatting with a recent buyer client in an upcoming post. I am excited to see what the other side says.

Stay tuned!

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