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Our home sold faster than we expected; now what?

Joan HarnedAsk a Realtor

Dear Joan,

My Realtor told ​us​ it was a good time to list and sell ​our​ home, and she was right! It went under contract in less than two weeks! My husband and I are stunned that it happened so fast. So our question is … what happens next?

Our Realtor said she would handle everything and notify us along the way. We would like to know what to expect and what do we need to get ready for? It was so crazy cleaning the house daily for the showings. Can we relax now? Do we need to keep everything shiny and neat for the inspections, can we start to pack somewhere along the way​?​ Our Realtor is so busy, we hate to bother her with silly questions. Thanks for any help!

Dear Not Silly Questions,

How wonderful that you have a contract so quickly! ​Many of us are very busy with the wonderful activity in the marketplace right now​, but we are never too busy to help our clients​. I will presume your Realtor will be getting back to you with a printed calendar ​that ​she will email you that details all ​the dates you will be concerned with as the sale progresses.

There probably are around 24 ​dates that need to be met​ in your contract, and she will be monitoring​ all of them. She will then explain each one​ that directly involves you and what you need to do. ​Your personal h​ouse​keeping​,​ ​technically speaking, ​should not matter in the inspection and the appraisal​ calculations​. However, I always thin​k​s it helps to have the home looking at its best to give both of these ​professionals​ a good impression.

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Then, if everything is going well, you have gotten through the home inspection, and resolution period successfully, and the appraisal is completed, I would think you should start your packing.

Probably the most important part is, have you found a place to move to? I would guess you have a plan and hopefully your Realtor was able to help you find a place locally​​​, or she was able to refer you to a top agent in the community you will be moving to.

Being referred by a great agent to another great agent is an excellent way to be taken care of in a new environment, where you might not know all the nuances of the market yet. I believe that if you rely on honest, knowledgeable, professional Realtors, your transitions on both ends should go very smoothly. Best of luck to you as you make the transition.

Joan Harned is an owner and broker for Keller Williams Mountain Properties and heads up Team Black Bear, her own real estate team. Harned has been selling real estate in Eagle County for 27 years, is a past chairman of the Vail Board of Realtors, past Realtor of the Year, past director on the Great Outdoors Colorado Board and a member of the Luxury and Land Institutes. Contact Harned with your real estate questions at Joan@TeamBlackBear.com, 970-337-7777 or http://www.SkiAndTeeHomes.com.