Want to Sell Your Home?
Frequently Asked Questions
There is only one choice if you want your house sold quickly with less stress:
Mugsie Quinlan, Realtor®
I've looked at Zillow but how much is my house REALLY worth?
Zillow's zestimates are rarely if ever accurate and Zillow has been sued for inaccuracies. This tool is actually designed to capture info on which homeowners might be considering selling and how Zillow use that information in their business model. Mugsie will meet with you at your home to provide you with a more accurate expected sale price for your home.
Do I need to paint, fix or stage my home before selling?
Possibly. Mugsie will tour your home prior to listing. A professional realtor looks at houses every day and knows what buyers are looking for and what turns buyers off. Think about de-cluttering and putting away personal photos. Buyers will want "space" to picture themselves living there. Your home should be show ready prior to being listed.
How do showings work? Do I have to leave my house?
Professional Realtors will use an app called Showing Time that allows you, the seller, to confirm or deny or suggest an alternative time for all showing requests. You can choose to receive notice via calls, texts or email. It provides ease of scheduling for showing agents who most likely are showing multiple homes. While you do not "have" to leave your home; Buyers prefer to see homes and speak privately with their agents, so take a walk or sit in your automobile if you want to be close. Listing Realtors will provide all information on the home as well as access info and feedback requests prior to the showing.
I have a dog. How do I deal with my pet(s) when showing my house?
While your pets are part of your family, please do note that not everyone is comfortable around animals. If you can't remove them, please do have them crated. Of great importance, do not burn candles or use anything heavily scented to mask the smell of pets! Instead use a mild diffuser that is barely noticeable. Mugsie likes Jo Malone's Lime, Basil and Citrus.
If the offer isn't a cash buyer, how do I know if it is any good?
Mugsie will request proof of funds from a cash buyer; and a pre-qualification letter from a mortgage broker if a financed offer.
What happens after I accept an offer?
First step will be the inspection period, normally 7-15 days. A word here about types of contracts- while over 85% of sales contracts are AS IS in Florida, it does not preclude a buyer from coming back to the seller and requesting/ demanding repairs. It also provides the buyers the opportunity to cancel the contract for any reason during the inspection period. So, that house down the street that just came on market at a lower price might be all it takes for your buyer to cancel. The Standard FAR BAR contract provides for negotiations and keeps the buyers in the transaction
The inspection shows I need to make some repairs. Should I agree to make them?
The contract provides for three repair limits:
General repairs: if it is designed to operate it operates as designed. WDO- includes treatment for termites and palm rodents also known as roof rats and Permits: seller is required to close out any open permits (commonly associated with roofing, new AC installation, additions) These repairs are usually listed at 1.5% of sales price but Sellers and Realtors can negotiate the limits.
Next step is Appraisal- If the buyer is getting a mortgage, an appraisal will be ordered by the buyer. The mortgage company will not provide a mortgage for a value higher than what the home appraises for. Sellers have the opportunity to negotiate the sales price based on the appraised value or dispute the value (rarely successful).
Once the appraisal contingency has been met, the seller should be packing and arranging their move. The words "Clear to close" are usually heard five days prior to closing.
Pre-closing walk thru: either the night before or the morning of, the buyer and their agent will perform a walk through to insure the condition of home is as promised and all agreed repairs have been performed. Sellers belongings should be removed and the house should be in broom clean condition. (You might also leave toilet paper in the baths as a gracious kindness.)
What should I expect on closing day? What if I can't be there?
As a seller, closing day can be fluid. you may want to pre-sign so as to remove any pressure on moving day. If you can't be there, no worries, the Closing agency can arrange power of attorney or can overnight the docs to you wherever you are. Mugsie will help you with all of this.
“Mugsie helped us sell and buy a new home. She was spot on with her advice and at times when things got stressful, she always made it calm and we felt so much better after speaking with her. She went out of her way to make things easier for us, not for herself. The whole experience was positive and my husband and I couldn't be happier. She is a five star person." Bonnie L. (verified review)
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Why Choose Mugsie Quinlan?
Margaret Ann 'Mugsie' Quinlan, Realtor®, GRI, has been a Realtor® since 2012, Mugsie received the Five Star Professional award for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. This award is given to less than 3% of the 12,300 Realtors® in the Manatee and Sarasota county area and is based on actual customer feedback.
A resident of Parrish, she specializes in both the growing new home construction and resale neighborhoods of Manatee County including Parrish, Bradenton, Ellenton, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, FL.
Mugsie's notable sales performance has consistently placed her in the top 7% of all real estate agents including 2019. Her clients consistently give her 5 star reviews!