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Frequently Asked Questions for Sellers

How much do you charge to sell homes?

At High Point Real Estate Group, our agents set their own commission structures with no company mandated minimums. We do encourage our agents to think critically about their fee structures and the services they provide and we believe our agents offer some of the best programs around.

Will my home be placed on the MLS?

Yes. High Point Real Estate Group listings are all entered into the appropriate Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

What should I look for in a listing agent?

You will be working with your listing agent closely throughout the selling process, so you want to be sure they are someone with whom you can see having a positive professional relationship. Also be sure your agent has a firm grasp on how homes sell and which marketing methods are most effective. We view our listing agents as marketing specialist — not salespeople — and our approach to listing homes reflects that.

How much is my house worth?

To get an idea of your home’s potential value it’s important to review your area’s comparable sales with a Realtor. To get a free Broker’s Price Opinion, click here.

How does High Point Real Estate Group market homes?

High Point Real Estate Group markets homes in many ways and each agent has their own unique programs. With that in mind, we encourage our agents to focus on the most effective and efficient methods of marketing. And in today’s market that means having a substantial online presence. All of our listings have the option of professional photography services — at no additional cost — and will be featured on the most popular real estate websites, so you can be sure your home is getting the best exposure possible.

How long will it take to sell my home?

In the end there’s no way to say for sure, but your real estate agent should be able to give you a fair idea as to how long similar homes have taken to sell in your neighborhood. Generally speaking, your time on market will depend on how well the home is priced and how well it presents.

What should I do to present my home in the best light possible?

Aside from quality photography, staging is probably one of the most important steps to a successful sale. Declutter, depersonalize, and keep your home as clean as possible for pictures and showings. Your agent should walk you through a checklist of effective staging strategies before your home goes on the market. Consultation sessions with professional stagers may be advisable.

Do you recommend open houses?

The decision to do an open house is ultimately between sellers and their individual agent, but we generally believe that there are more effective methods of marketing your home. In recent years open houses have accounted for less than 1% of home sales nation-wide. Due to the inefficiency of open houses and privacy/safety concerns, most sellers and agents elect not to conduct opens.

Do you recommend print advertising?

Very few buyers are looking in papers for their homes anymore. In fact, in 2016 print media accounted for less than 1% of home sales. Combine that with the fact that print media is relatively expensive and it’s easy to see why efficient real estate companies are opting not to put their homes in print. At High Point Real Estate Group, we focus our marketing resources on how homes actually sell: great photography, the MLS, and the internet.

Following closing, when will I have to move out of my house?

How quickly you give the new buyers possession will depend on how you structured the terms of possession in your contract. Some sellers will ask for delayed possession to allow them time to move out after closing. Other sellers are agreeable to giving the buyer keys the day the home files. In the end possession is negotiable in the final purchase agreement and your agent should advise you of your options.

Do I need to be out of my house during showings?

From a selling perspective, it is usually best to leave your home during a showing. Buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your home and being present at your home can hamper the buyer’s ability to do this. Additionally, many buyers may feel rushed if the homeowner is present. It’s best to let a buyer relax and take their time as they go through your house. With that in mind, some sellers prefer to stick around during showings for security reasons.

Do you charge an administrative fee?

No. At High Point Real Estate Group we aim for full transparency. The listing fee you agree to pay at closing is the only fee High Point Real Estate Group will ever charge.