selling your home

Selling a home is a very personal decision.  In most cases, your home is more than bricks and mortar.  Your home is filled with memories and pieces of you and your family.  One of the most difficult parts of selling a home is separating yourself from the  home,  in order to sell the house.  Realtors are trained professionals at determining salability, price and other factors that will determine the ultimate list price for your home.  The choice of what you are willing to accept for your home is ultimately your decision, but by contracting a Realtor, you can be confident that you are going to be presented with all the facts about the market and the comparable properties in the area.  Montana is what is referred to as a non-disclosure state.  What this means is that the selling price of homes in the area are not disclosed to anyone other than the parties involved in the transaction.  This leaves sites like Zillow completely in the dark when determining "Zesitmates" for Montana homes.  One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a seller is to base any solid pricing on estimates that you receive online.  Tax evaluations are another tool that sellers sometimes utilize to determine a price when buying or selling a home.  In most cases, all you have to do is look up the taxable valuation on your own property to determine that these figures are generally substantially lower than the market value of the home and that they also are not determined off concrete sales figures.  So who does have access to concrete numbers for sales prices of homes in the area?   Your Realtor does.  Your Realtor can access the MLS and create what is called a CMA or Comparative Market Analysis for your property.  This process involves choosing properties that are comparable in size, quality, location and other factors and adding and subtracting value depending on how they compare to your property.  Add this to the Realtor's experience in your area and their knowledge of factors such as time on market, or price sold as related to list price, and they can almost always give you a very good idea of what you can expect to sell your home for.  

 
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