1) Define your needs. Write down all the reasons for selling your home. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?” For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move. For your goals, write down if you’d like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin. Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.2) Name your price. Your next objective should be to determine the best possible selling price for your house. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. You will need to take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and state of the overall market in your area. It’s often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so your real estate agent’s expertise is invaluable at this step. Your agent will know what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood and the average time those homes are sitting on the market. If you want a truly objective opinion about the price of your home, you could have an appraisal done. This typically costs a few hundred dollars. Remember: You’re always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell. If your home sits on the market for too long, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property. Often, when this happens, the seller has to drop the price below market value to compete with newer, reasonably priced listings.3) Prepare your home. Most of us don’t keep our homes in “showroom” condition. We tend to overlook piles of boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or windows that stick. It’s time to break out of that owner’s mindset and get your house in tip-top shape. The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to offer. First impressions are the most important. Your real estate agent can help you take a fresh look at your home and suggest ways to stage it and make it more appealing to buyers. * A home with too much “personality” is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos and personalized decor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs. * Make minor repairs and replacements. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer’s first impression. * Clutter is a big no-no when showing your home to potential buyers. Make sure you have removed all knick-knacks from your shelves and cleared all your bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.

4) Get the word out. Now that you’re ready to sell, your real estate agent will set up a marketing strategy specifically for your home. There are many ways to get the word out, including: * The Internet * Yard signs * Open houses * Media advertising * Agent-to-agent referrals * Direct mail marketing campaigns In addition to listing your home on the MLS, your agent will use a combination of these tactics to bring the most qualified buyers to your home. Your agent should structure the marketing plan so that the first three to six weeks are the busiest.

5) Receive an offer. When you receive a written offer from a potential buyer, your real estate agent will first find out whether or not the individual is prequalified or preapproved to buy your home. If so, then you and your agent will review the proposed contract, taking care to understand what is required of both parties to execute the transaction. The contract, though not limited to this list, should include the following: * Legal description of the property * Offer price * Down payment * Financing arrangements * List of fees and who will pay them * Deposit amount * Inspection rights and possible repair allowances * Method of conveying the title and who will handle the closing * Appliances and furnishings that will stay with the home * Settlement date * Contingencies At this point, you have three options: accept the contract as is, accept it with changes (a counteroffer), or reject it. Remember: Once both parties have signed a written offer, the document becomes legally binding. If you have any questions or concerns, be certain to address them with your real estate agent right away.

6) Negotiate to sell. Most offers to purchase your home will require some negotiating to come to a win-win agreement. Your real estate agent is well versed on the intricacies of the contracts used in your area and will protect your best interest throughout the bargaining. Your agent also knows what each contract clause means, what you will net from the sale and what areas are easiest to negotiate. Some negotiable items: * Price * Financing * Closing costs * Repairs * Appliances and fixtures * Landscaping * Painting * Move-in date Once both parties have agreed on the terms of the sale, your agent will prepare a contract.

7) Prepare to close. Once you accept an offer to sell your house, you will need to make a list of all the things you and your buyer must do before closing. The property may need to be formally appraised, surveyed, inspected or repaired. Your real estate agent can spearhead the effort and serve as your advocate when dealing with the buyer’s agent and service providers. Depending on the written contract, you may pay for all, some or none of these items. If each procedure returns acceptable results as defined by the contract, then the sale may continue. If there are problems with the home, the terms set forth in the contract will dictate your next step. You or the buyer may decide to walk away, open a new round of negotiations or proceed to closing. Important reminder: A few days before the closing, you will want to contact the entity that is closing the transaction and make sure the necessary documents will be ready to sign on the appropriate date. Also, begin to make arrangements for your upcoming move if you have not done so.

8) Close the deal. “Closing” refers to the meeting where ownership of the property is legally transferred to the buyer. Your agent will be present during the closing to guide you through the process and make sure everything goes as planned. By being present during the closing, he or she can mediate any last-minute issues that may arise. In some states, an attorney is required and you may wish to have one present. After the closing, you should make a “to do” list for turning the property over to the new owners. Here is a checklist to get you started. * Cancel electricity, gas, lawn care, cable and other routine services. * If the new owner is retaining any of the services, change the name on the account. * Gather owner’s manuals and warranties for all conveying appliances.

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1358 Page Rd Nashville, TN 37205

Price $17,999,999
Beds 6
Baths 11
Living Area SqFt 20,533
Status Active
MLS # 1872362
Property Type Residential
 

625 Westview Ave Nashville, TN 37205

Price $11,950,000
Beds 7
Baths 11
Living Area SqFt 15,103
Status Active
MLS # 1864560
Property Type Residential
 

1608 Chickering Road Nashville, TN 37215

Price $10,900,000
Beds 7
Baths 10
Living Area SqFt 20,156
Status Active
MLS # 1462957
Property Type Residential
 

2325 Golf Club Ln Nashville, TN 37215

Price $10,000,000
Beds 8
Baths 9
Living Area SqFt 18,449
Status Active
MLS # 1847277
Property Type Residential
 

0 New Hwy 96 Franklin, TN 37064

Price $9,800,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,824
Status Active
MLS # 1812004
Property Type Residential
 

1577 Moran Rd Franklin, TN 37069

Price $9,500,000
Beds 5
Baths 10
Living Area SqFt 10,862
Status Active
MLS # 1836040
Property Type Residential
 

123 Summit Lane Hendersonville, TN 37075

Price $8,750,000
Beds 7
Baths 11
Living Area SqFt 20,121
Status Active
MLS # 1805636
Property Type Residential
 

3773 Hwy 231 N Shelbyville, TN 37160

Price $8,500,000
Beds 4
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 12,514
Status Active
MLS # 1857831
Property Type Residential
 

1816 Pace Haven Franklin, TN 37069

Price $8,100,000
Beds 5
Baths 12
Living Area SqFt 19,137
Status Active
MLS # 1836063
Property Type Residential
 

801 Mooreland Ln Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Price $7,400,000
Beds 6
Baths 13
Living Area SqFt 23,084
Status Active
MLS # 1543137
Property Type Residential
 

1382 Walker Rd Centerville, TN 37033

Price $7,250,000
Beds 5
Baths 8
Living Area SqFt 19,900
Status Active
MLS # 1846150
Property Type Residential
 

1235 Hidden Valley Rd Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $6,995,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 6,467
Status Active
MLS # 1828282
Property Type Residential
 

3375 Hawkersmith Ln Winchester, TN 37398

Price $6,900,000
Beds 18
Baths 37
Living Area SqFt 50,000
Status Active
MLS # 1871715
Property Type Residential
 

1078 Vaughn Crest Dr Franklin, TN 37069

Price $6,900,000
Beds 5
Baths 9
Living Area SqFt 20,576
Status Active
MLS # 1872086
Property Type Residential
 

1704 Old Hillsboro Road Franklin, TN 37069

Price $6,898,000
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 7,748
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1872805
Property Type Residential
 

5005 Lilly Valley Trail Franklin, TN 37064

Price $5,750,000
Beds 8
Baths 10
Living Area SqFt 10,307
Status Active
MLS # 1850897
Property Type Residential
 

21 Northumberland Nashville, TN 37215

Price $5,500,000
Beds 5
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 10,100
Status Active
MLS # 1841232
Property Type Residential
 

204 King Davids Ct Franklin, TN 37067

Price $5,500,000
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 11,305
Status Active
MLS # 1844359
Property Type Residential
 

4750 Columbia Pike Thompsons Station, TN 37179

Price $5,500,000
Beds 4
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 8,485
Status Active
MLS # 1874793
Property Type Residential
 

1645 Old Hillsboro Road Franklin, TN 37069

Price $5,400,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 5,295
Status Active
MLS # 1769524
Property Type Residential
 

4447 Long Ln Franklin, TN 37064

Price $5,100,000
Beds 6
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 10,601
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1750123
Property Type Residential
 

7050 Wikle Rd W Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $5,000,000
Beds 4
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 5,468
Status Active
MLS # 1862237
Property Type Residential
 

1020 Vaughn Crest Drive Franklin, TN 37069

Price $4,999,990
Beds 6
Baths 10
Living Area SqFt 14,179
Status Active
MLS # 1870453
Property Type Residential
 

8363 Miller Rd Christiana, TN 37037

Price $4,990,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,837
Status Active
MLS # 1811033
Property Type Residential
 

4414 Chickering Ln Nashville, TN 37215

Price $4,950,000
Beds 5
Baths 8
Living Area SqFt 7,569
Status Active
MLS # 1814453
Property Type Residential
 

1707 Old Hillsboro Rd Franklin, TN 37069

Price $4,950,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 6,891
Status Active
MLS # 1875567
Property Type Residential
 

1363 Narrows Harpeth Rd Kingston Springs, TN 37082

Price $4,900,000
Beds 3
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 7,600
Status Active
MLS # 1837392
Property Type Residential
 

600 Boyd Mill Ave Franklin, TN 37064

Price $4,900,000
Beds 5
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 6,950
Status Active
MLS # 1819758
Property Type Residential
 

785 Plantation Blvd Gallatin, TN 37066

Price $4,750,000
Beds 5
Baths 10
Living Area SqFt 17,976
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1676534
Property Type Residential
 

4444 Tyne Blvd Nashville, TN 37205

Price $4,750,000
Beds 7
Baths 9
Living Area SqFt 9,572
Status Active
MLS # 1870977
Property Type Residential
 

1033 Vaughn Crest Dr Franklin, TN 37069

Price $4,579,000
Beds 6
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 7,898
Status Active
MLS # 1818801
Property Type Residential
 

6615 Eudailey Covington Rd College Grove, TN 37046

Price $4,500,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 3,512
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1856025
Property Type Residential
 

838 Redwood Dr. Nashville, TN 37220

Price $4,450,000
Beds 5
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 8,936
Status Active
MLS # 1863176
Property Type Residential
 

137 Windmere Court Bowling Green, KY 42103

Price $4,300,000
Beds 9
Baths 11
Living Area SqFt 19,613
Status Active
MLS # 1855389
Property Type Residential
 

3104 Boxley View Ln Franklin, TN 37064

Price $3,999,000
Beds 4
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 11,150
Status Active
MLS # 1865058
Property Type Residential
 

28 Governors Way Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $3,999,000
Beds 7
Baths 10
Living Area SqFt 14,651
Status Active
MLS # 1865675
Property Type Residential
 

6677 Leipers Creek Rd Columbia, TN 38401

Price $3,995,000
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 4,641
Status Active
MLS # 1811341
Property Type Residential
 

1400 Harris Hollow Rd Charlotte, TN 37036

Price $3,995,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,050
Status Active
MLS # 1863127
Property Type Residential
 

5850 N Lick Creek Rd Franklin, TN 37064

Price $3,990,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,336
Status Active
MLS # 1816321
Property Type Residential
 

5223 Lysander Lane Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $3,950,000
Beds 6
Baths 11
Living Area SqFt 14,680
Status Active
MLS # 1746744
Property Type Residential