Selling real estate in California, as opposed to other states is different in terms of procedure and legal compliance and the contracts, advisories and disclosures used are state approved and prepared by the Californian Association of Realtors.
With my help, a credible strategy and sensible expectations a positive outcome should be a forgone conclusion!
With me as your realtor and listing agent you will have an immediate, professionally photographed online presence, via the multiple listing system (mls). This is immediately picked up by other home search sites and the largest brokerage behind you with all its print and virtual media reach.
Physical exposure would be dictated by seller preference.
As a seller it could be considered prudent to have your own inspections done prior to sale. No surprises that way! At the very least a termite inspection and quite possibly have a home inspector check things out. By doing this it will prepare you for what your buyer(s) will discover during their due diligence. Being informed is invaluable. The contract allows for buyer inspections and seller disclosures and these done within contingency timeframes. Think of it as a due diligence period for the buyer to be satisfied as to condition. It also allows the buyer to request the seller remedy or offer credit for any discovered defects. The seller has the right to refuse these requests.
Another idea to protect yourself is to purchase a home warranty policy prior to sale with the expectation that any defects or malfunctions found upon inspection would be covered.
Once inspections are complete, disclosures are reviewed and contingencies are removed it’s just really a waiting game to close of escrow. That’s when you really can make plans. My role here is to manage the time frames and components that allow for timely contingency removal and successful close of escrow.
The escrow and closing process is handled by the following parties:
Escrow allows the buyer and seller to transfer property, per their contractual agreement, through a neutral party thereby assuring no funds or property will change hand until all terms and legal compliance issues have been met.
My preferred escrow company: West Coast Escrow
From the time a title order is received, the property undergoes title search and examination, preparation for and the conducting of the closing, the receipt and disbursement of funds, and the recording of documents and the issuance of a title policy.
My preferred title company: Equity Title - Title Insurance and Settlement