Windermere Professional Partners

What's It Like to List Your Home with a Windermere Professional Partners REALTOR®?

August 30, 2021

Recently, we’ve been joining our Windermere Professional Partners real estate agents for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at exactly what goes into successfully selling a home.

Pierce County’s real estate market has been intensely competitive for buyers, which means that many homes sell quickly for multiple offers and above the list price. In fact, it might seem like any home will sell for multiple offers, no matter what. However, this is not the full story—we still see homes that sit on the market for weeks, sell for less than they should, go pending only to have the deal fall through, or fail to sell at all.

Successfully selling a home is much more than simply taking a few photos of a house, hitting the “list” button, and waiting for the offers to roll in. Often it takes months of preparation to ensure that a home is ready to be listed, and an experienced real estate agent will be able to guide you in how to best maximize your investment.

Once a home is listed, the marketing is incredibly important as well, and a savvy REALTOR® knows how to showcase your home and its top features in its best light. They also know how to make sure that the right people see your home, and they know that every home, neighborhood, and city are different, and every listing requires a customized approach.

And finally, once you do receive an offer (or a few), a smart real estate agent will be able to help you weigh the pros and cons of each offer so you choose the best one for you. From there, your listing agent should guide the sale of your home to closing day—there’s a lot that has to happen once you go mutual!

That’s really only the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a quick overview of what it takes to sell your home. In this blog post, we’re sharing a preview of several different behind-the-scenes blogs that show what goes into listing and selling a home.

Every Little Detail Matters When Preparing Your Home to Sell (Yes, Even in Today’s Hot Market!)

In March of 2021, REALTOR® Sharon Chambers-Gordon worked with her seller clients to sell their gorgeous 5-bedroom, 2.5-bath home in Fircrest. The sellers had loved on this home for 31 years, and it was absolutely gorgeous with custom details and upgrades galore. However, even though things were in pristine condition, Sharon was able to make some recommendations as to what could help the home appeal to buyers even more. Sharon listed the home for $675,000, and just days later the home sold for $750,000—a whopping $75,000 over asking price! Read more about this sold home here.

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Finding the Right Buyers for this Extraordinary 10+ Acre Equestrian Property

Selling a unique property means finding just the right buyer, and sometimes this can take months or even years. REALTOR® Linda Solheim specializes in helping her clients buy and sell equestrian properties in addition to family homes. When the owner of this incredible 10+ acre equestrian estate in Thurston County reached out to Linda wanting to sell her property, Linda brought her in-depth experience as both a lifelong horseman and real estate agent to the task at hand. Selling this home brought some challenges along the way, but in August 2020, Linda sold this property for $765,000. It was a smooth sale, and a happy ending to a long ride! Click here for an inside look at this home’s special story.

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Helping a Builder in Tacoma Make the Most of His Investment

Flipping a home requires a special set of considerations, and this unique rebuild project in North Tacoma was no different! In this blog post, we’re sharing how REALTOR® Kelli Jo Hjalseth and REALTOR® Sharon Benson helped their builder client buy and sell a property and make the most on his investment. Kelli Jo & Sharon’s builder client purchased this North Tacoma property for $367,000 in 2018, split the property into 3 separate lots, remodeled an existing home on one of the lots, and sold it for $750,000 in 2021. Read the complete story here!

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Listing Your Home is Just the Beginning. Your Agent is Crucial in Making Sure Your Home Sale Makes it to Closing Day

Selling this stunning, custom-built home in the Puyallup Valley came with its own set of challenges, and REALTOR® Erin Dobrinski tackled each hurdle with ease and expertise! During August 2020, Erin sold this 4-bedroom, 3.25-bath home with an in-ground pool and sport court in Downtown Puyallup for $665,000. Erin helped her sellers navigate selling AND buying a home at the same time, which was no easy task—click here to learn more about the specific challenges that Erin’s clients faced, and how Erin helped them hit all of their real estate goals!

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Planning Ahead Pays Off When Selling Your Home

It’s really never too early to contact a real estate professional about selling your home! Even if you don’t need to sell your home for a year or two, having an experienced REALTOR® come take a look at your home is never a bad idea. REALTOR® Cyrus Bonnet recently sold a beautifully updated 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home in Graham, and Cyrus’s clients contacted him one year in advance about selling their home. Cyrus was able to give his clients a few recommendations about how to ensure their home would appeal to buyers, and his clients had time to get the necessary work done before listing. Cyrus priced the home at $519,950, and after receiving 4 offers in just 4 days, Cyrus’s seller clients chose an offer with strong financing and for $550,000. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how Cyrus helped his clients sell their home quickly and for $30,000 over asking!

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Pricing Your Home Correctly is an Art & Science

Your home might be absolutely perfect, full of upgrades, and in a fantastic location, but if the listing price is too high, you’re in for a long and stressful experience (and eventually a price reduction). In this blog post, we’re sharing how REALTOR® Anders Ibsen used his experience, knowledge, and research to choose the listing price of this stunning waterfront home in Northeast Tacoma. We’re also sharing how he helped his clients prepare the home for the market and how he ultimately helped his clients choose the best offer. Read the complete story here!

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Selling a Farm Has Its Own Unique Challenges & You Need an Experienced Real Estate Agent

There are so many considerations that go into selling a farm property, and REALTOR® Cathy Torgerson and REALTOR® Vickie Jennings both bring a wealth of knowledge and several years of experience to better serve their clients. At the end of 2020, Cathy and Vickie sold an incredible 30-acre mountain view estate in Eatonville for $1,150,000. It wasn’t easy, though—a unique property like this can take awhile to find just the right buyer. Navigating the multiple offers and steering this sale to the finish line took some extra finessing, and it’s fascinating to learn about all that went into preparing this home for sale. Click here for an inside look and how Vickie and Cathy made it all happen!

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Selling the Family Home After 30 Years? You Need an Agent Who Specializes in Estate Sales

Selling an estate is so much more than “just” preparing and listing a home for sale—there is frequently much more to help the family navigate as everyone goes through a major life transition. Over the past few years, REALTOR® Regina Madiera-Gorden and REALTOR® Madison Lord of RM Home Specialists have helped a few different families settle out estates. For this particular property in Gig Harbor, Regina and Madison arranged an estate sale, they arranged repairs and landscaping, they hired a dump removal service, they had professional cleaning, staging, and marketing done, and more! After 4 days of the home being on the market, Regina and Madison ended up with 7 offers to the seller. The home’s original list price was originally $1,295,000, and it sold for $1,515,000—17% over asking! Take a behind-the-scenes look at how they got it all done!

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Selling Your Home? The Right Real Estate Agent Looks Out for Your Best Interests

In the heat of 2021’s spring real estate market in Pierce County, REALTOR® Trish Stone was not only able to sell her client’s Tacoma home for $10,000 over list price, but she was able to help her sellers navigate some tricky situations in the offer process. Her clients received offers from some very risky buyers, but Trish made sure that her clients accepted a strong, safe offer in the end. Read more about how Trish helped her clients prepare their home and market it for a successful sale!

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Selling Your Luxury Home? Proper Preparation is Key!

In 2021, REALTOR® Martin Miller of Miller Luxury Group sold a gorgeous 4,323-square-foot luxury home on Fox Island. The last time this home was on the market with another listing agent, it actually did not sell. Martin worked with the sellers to properly prepare the home for the market, and with the updates, pricing, timing, Martin was able to sell this Fox Island home in just 6 days. He listed the home for $1,380,000 and it sold for $1,400,000! Click here to learn about exactly how Martin advised his clients along the way.

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The Unique Challenges of Selling a Home in Gig Harbor Right Now (& Why You Still Need an Expert)

When Maria first met with her seller clients, they were on a tight timeline to sell this home due to a family member passing away. Maria had actually already sold this home to the owner previously, so she was familiar with the house and ready to dive in. After touring the home, Maria quickly put together a plan to prepare listing the home. Maria is well-versed in knowing what buyers what and what will inspire buyers to fall in love with a home, and she made sure to move fast so her sellers could hit their deadline. Click here to learn exactly how Maria sold this Gig Harbor rambler for $555,000 in just 4 days!

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With the Right Agent on Your Side, Selling Your Home is a Stress-Free Experience

REALTOR® Curtis Gibson and REALTOR® Megan Gibson have their listing process absolutely dialed in. Their client wanted to sell their home in Tacoma’s Old Town neighborhood, but this particular client was very busy and needed to be pretty hands-off when it came to preparing their home for sale. After their client moved out, both Curtis and Megan were ready to jump in and get to work, offering concierge-level service to prepare the home for sale. Curtis and Megan are happy to do this with all of the homes they list, and it’s this level of involvement and attention to detail that sets them apart. This Old Town home sold for the $950,000 list price with great terms, a quick closing, a reliable lender, and in just 2 days. Click here to learn exactly how Curtis and Megan prepped the home, marketed it, and helped their seller find the best buyer.

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If you’re thinking about selling your home, you need a smart and savvy real estate agent on your side. We also know how important it is to maximize your investment and sell your home for the most money possible.

Small upfront investments can yield a much bigger payoff when you sell your home. And for most people, their home is their greatest asset.

We’re here to help. We created the Windermere Ready program to provide you with concierge-level service that readies your home for sale.

Together we will determine the repairs and upgrades that are most likely to appeal to today’s buyers, who prefer stylish, turnkey spaces. If needed, we can provide up to $25,000 of a fast-cash loan to help mitigate any expenses incurred, with no upfront cost to you.

We would love to provide you with all of the details. We’re also happy to recommend a real estate agent to help you list your home! For more information, reach out to us here!