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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1892 Burke Hollow Rd Nolensville, TN 37135

Price $2,500,000
Beds 4
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 9,284
Status Active
MLS # 1846678
Property Type Residential
 

504 Westview Ave Nashville, TN 37205

Price $2,500,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 6,108
Status Active
MLS # 1861242
Property Type Residential
 

397 Grove Hurst Ln Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $2,499,999
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 7,970
Status Active
MLS # 1876828
Property Type Residential
 

618 Belle Meade Boulevard Nashville, TN 37205

Price $2,499,900
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 6,264
Status Active
MLS # 1822407
Property Type Residential
 

0 Miller Rd Christiana, TN 37037

Price $2,499,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,837
Status Active
MLS # 1878292
Property Type Residential
 

320 Vaughn Rd Nashville, TN 37221

Price $2,499,000
Beds 4
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 7,886
Status Active
MLS # 1781983
Property Type Residential
 

5906 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN 37215

Price $2,499,000
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 5,912
Status Active
MLS # 1811891
Property Type Residential
 

1549 Boardwalk Pl Gallatin, TN 37066

Price $2,499,000
Beds 7
Baths 10
Living Area SqFt 9,516
Status Active
MLS # 1832682
Property Type Residential
 

1504 Starlight Ln Franklin, TN 37069

Price $2,499,000
Beds 6
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 8,214
Status Active
MLS # 1839405
Property Type Residential
 

287 Jones Parkway E, Brentwood

$2,499,000 - 7Br/9Ba -  for Sale in Annandale, Brentwood
New
Price $2,499,000
Beds 7
Baths 9
Living Area SqFt 10,983
Status Active
MLS # 1881660
Property Type Residential
 

422 Ellendale Ave Nashville, TN 37205

Price $2,495,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 6,317
Status Active
MLS # 1847047
Property Type Residential
 

1160 Manley Ln Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $2,495,000
Beds 4
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 7,556
Status Active
MLS # 1850788
Property Type Residential
 

4822 Post Rd Nashville, TN 37205

Price $2,495,000
Beds 5
Baths 9
Living Area SqFt 9,419
Status Active
MLS # 1866446
Property Type Residential
 

515 Belle Meade Blvd Nashville, TN 37205

Price $2,489,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 5,882
Status Active
MLS # 1871993
Property Type Residential
 

1 Agincourt Way Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $2,485,000
Beds 4
Baths 9
Living Area SqFt 10,263
Status Active
MLS # 1816783
Property Type Residential
 

1212 Laurel Street Apt 2307 Nashville, TN 37203

Price $2,450,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,951
Status Active
MLS # 1869568
Property Type Condo
 

3000 Poston Avenue 501 Nashville, TN 37203

$2,450,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in The Poston At The Park, Nashville
Open House
Price $2,450,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,335
Status Active
MLS # 1870777
Property Type Condo
 

1300 Forrest Park Nashville, TN 37205

Price $2,450,000
Beds 6
Baths 9
Living Area SqFt 9,096
Status Active
MLS # 1696164
Property Type Residential
 

4508 Murfreesboro Rd Franklin, TN 37067

Price $2,450,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 6,062
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1836151
Property Type Residential
 

1715 Talbot Trl Franklin, TN 37069

Price $2,447,000
Beds 6
Baths 9
Living Area SqFt 9,342
Status Active
MLS # 1844231
Property Type Residential
 

3155 Highway 70 E White Buff, TN 37056

Price $2,421,500
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 4,956
Status Active
MLS # 1860150
Property Type Residential
 

3547 Betty Ford Road Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Price $2,400,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 6,261
Status Active
MLS # 1829854
Property Type Residential
 

410 Wilsonia Ave Nashville, TN 37205

Price $2,400,000
Beds 6
Baths 10
Living Area SqFt 9,466
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1865423
Property Type Residential
 

301 Lionheart Way Franklin, TN 37067

Price $2,399,000
Beds 5
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 8,266
Status Active
MLS # 1865655
Property Type Residential
 

1452 Witherspoon Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $2,375,000
Beds 5
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 7,771
Status Active
MLS # 1878284
Property Type Residential
 

359 Jones Pkwy Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $2,365,000
Beds 4
Baths 8
Living Area SqFt 7,200
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1812721
Property Type Residential
 

2061 Trilogy Ln Mount Pleasant, TN 38474

Price $2,364,500
Beds 5
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 9,603
Status Active
MLS # 1727722
Property Type Residential
 

6129 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN 37215

Price $2,350,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 6,347
Status Active
MLS # 1872832
Property Type Residential
 

1925 Edenbridge Way Nashville, TN 37215

Price $2,345,000
Beds 6
Baths 8
Living Area SqFt 7,095
Status Active
MLS # 1812130
Property Type Residential
 

401 Legends Park Cir Franklin, TN 37069

Price $2,325,000
Beds 6
Baths 8
Living Area SqFt 9,646
Status Active
MLS # 1839543
Property Type Residential
 

1307 Mooresville Road Culleoka, TN 38451

Price $2,300,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 5,066
Status Active
MLS # 1870628
Property Type Residential
 

572 Eagle Shore Dr Dover, TN 37058

Price $2,290,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,627
Status Active
MLS # 1822150
Property Type Residential
 

2512 Belmont Blvd Nashville, TN 37212

Price $2,290,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 4,444
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1839134
Property Type Residential
 

5246 Brick Church Pike Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Price $2,250,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,510
Status Active
MLS # 1818194
Property Type Residential
 

367 Jones Pkwy Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $2,250,000
Beds 5
Baths 8
Living Area SqFt 9,062
Status Active
MLS # 1845735
Property Type Residential
 

212 Craighead Ave Nashville, TN 37205

Price $2,250,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 5,363
Status Active
MLS # 1846645
Property Type Residential
 

1154 Travelers Ridge Dr Nashville, TN 37220

Price $2,250,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 6,173
Status Active
MLS # 1856804
Property Type Residential
 

2259 Horn Springs Rd. Lebanon, TN 37087

Price $2,250,000
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 7,694
Status Active
MLS # 1866420
Property Type Residential
 

35 Missionary Dr Brentwood, TN 37027

Price $2,245,000
Beds 5
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 10,782
Status Active
MLS # 1813991
Property Type Residential
 

1212 Laurel St #2302 Nashville, TN 37203

Price $2,225,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,239
Status Active
MLS # 1874320
Property Type Condo