Frequently Asked Questions: Here are common questions I get from Danbury,CT Area Townhome Owners That Are Considering Selling Their Property. They are here as a reference, and I would love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the sale of your home.

Question:
What is the average market time to deposit a home in my neighborhood?

I will be happy to prepare that information prior to our appointment. I will also examine the recent sales to observe any trends.


Question: What did my neighbor sell their house for?

I will be happy to provide any information on past sales in your neighborhood. However, the most important things that determine that market value of your home are the sales within the last six months of similar properties as well as the condition of your home.

Question: Can you explain the different property sales in my neighborhood?

I am very familiar with the sales and homes in all of the major complexes in the Greater Danbury area. I come thoroughly prepared to discuss the recent sales in your neighborhood, as well as explain the differences between their home & your home. I aim to provide a full understanding of the Danbury area market for townhomes, and if I am unsure of the answer, I will get back to you.

Question: What are your thoughts on pricing & negotiating strategy?

I love to talk about real estate pricing. We want to position the home so that buyers can recognize the value that your home offers. We also would like the house to sell in a reasonable time, not list above market value where activity would be low; yet we don't want to list the house too low so that you could be leaving equity on the table. I take pride in preparing a personalized on-point pricing opinion. I will be glad to discuss the market and explain how I came to at my figure as well listen to your input. Each offer that comes in could be different, and I like to it to one step at a time while reviewing the offer & meeting with you to discuss how we respond-but it is your call. 

Question: What kind of marketing program do you offer?

My affiliation with the William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty brokerage firm allows for top placement in leading online venues. In addition, with the heritage of the Sotheby's branding, there are additional tools that allow for global exposure. I will be happy to go over these advantages in person with you. 

Question:I currently own a townhome and need to get into a single family home. Can you be of assistance?

I have experience with clients that have outgrown their townhome. I typically like to get into their townhome first to get give them an idea of the value so they get continue to budget. Moving up clients then should get a list together of what they are looking for a new home and look at a few homes to see they would be suitable for their needs. From there, we should decide on listing their townhome.

Question: What do you think about having an open house?

An open house is an additional tool to get publicity and exposure to your home. Several of my recent sellers have not been comfortable with the idea of letting strangers into their home that are not accompanied by their real estate agent. It is your decision as the homeowner if you would like one or possibility allow one down the road if the initial marketing fails to bring forth an offer. 

Question:
Should we invest in further improvements to help us sell the house?

I would have to see the home to determine what projects, if any, you should invest in. I'm not in favor in owners doing major projects prior to selling, as you will most likely not get your money back. I would address any known problems, such as a dripping faucet or door that doesn't close all the way. When in doubt, ask the professional!

Question: What information about the house would you like from us?


Buyers typically like some information such as what the annual utility bills are as well as age of any of the mechanical systems or appliances. I also would need the management company contact information for your neighborhood.


Question: I own property in the Danbury area but have relocated elsewhere. Can you help me sell it or rent it?

Absolutely. I've had several clients leave the area but remain property owners. I highly recommend the home owner or a local family member make a visit to the house prior to listing to check the condition of the house and to meet with me in person to discuss a strategy. I have extensive experience with out of town owners and helping them get it ready to for the market. I can advise you own repairs or improvements to make or not to make for the market, but it is your call.  I am experienced in the market and can guide you on 'as-is' pricing or after some repairs, or discuss possibility offering a credit toward closing costs.I have relationships with trades professionals that can make any repairs or updates that home needs or should have before going up for sale. Once any work is completed, I just need a key and can take over and hopefully get your home sold in a timely manner. I also have experience working with out of area landlords.


Question: Would you suggest doing any staging to the home prior to listing?

A good cleaning and organizing more does go far. Sell, donate or throw out any ideas prior to listing that you will be taking with you to the new house. I am not requesting you change your entire lifestyle to make the home show for the market.  As I go through your home, I would be making any suggestions if we agree to work together. On the day on the photo shoot for the house, we can move things around if needed.

Question: How are showings handled, how will showing agents be accessing the house & how long do they stay?

As soon as I get a request for an agent that would like bring their client to see the house, I will contact you to see if that time is agreeable. There is a secure electronic lockbox placed by your front door that only licensed agents can access to obtain the key for the house. Typically, a showing agent will be showing a few properties at a time to their client-so they might me an hour window but once they get to the house, they might spend about fifteen minutes that the house. Each buyer has their own speed of touring-but generally, the more time the buyer spends at your home, the better change you have of getting an offer.


Question: How can I reach you?

My cell phone is the best way to reach me,
203.417.0523. You can call or text me. My email address is DanburyRealEstate@Gmail.Com. I work out of the William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty Office-112 Federal Road in Danbury,CT, the big white house in front of the Home Depot almost across the street from Stew Leonard's. Please contact me for your personal appointment.

Question: How will we communicate in the transaction?

I work at my clients comfort level. Some clients prefer text messages, phone calls or in-person meetings at their home or in my office. Other clients like to have items spelled out in emails. I have my cell phone on me generally all the time. In addition, I have access to a program for virtual meetings. 


Question: What happens after an offer in accepted on our house?

There are several things that happen once the offer has been accepted.  I will explain and provide a guideline sheet of the steps. It is not rocket science, but partnering with an experienced local real estate agent will save you time, stress and get more money in your pocket. 


Question: How long does it take to close when we have an accepted offer?

I have found that it typically takes two to two and a half months once the offer has been accepted to close for buyers seeking a mortgage. In some cases, the buyer for your home has cash- which can take less time. You as the homeowner, can negotiate the closing date with part of the offer. 

Question: What happens at closing?

The morning of the closing, the buyer will perform a walkthrough on the house to make sure it is delivered to them in broom-clean condition, all of your belongings out of the house and any negotiated repairs have been completed to their satisfaction. From their, the buyers sign the mortgage papers with their attorney. You would arrive a little later to sign papers with your attorney as well provide all keys, garage door openers,etc to the buyer. If you have relocated already, you can close without being here via power of attorney with your attorney being able to sign for you.I will be there with you to insure no last minute surprises. Prior to closing, you would discuss with your attorney how the proceeds of your home will be given to you.  

Are you planning a move?
I look forward to hearing from you. Contact me with any questions. I'm Jonathan Hall, Realtor with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty. You can contact me directly with any questions, 203-417-0523 or danburyrealestate@gmail.com .

Page last updated 9/7/2018

Looking to Sell?

If you are considering selling your home, please complete the form and I will get back to you quickly.