Selling a home requires a ton of paperwork, so make sure you’re prepared.
Are you looking to sell a home? At times, it may seem like you are adrift on an endless sea of paperwork. So many documents are required during the sale of a home that it can be confusing and worrisome. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, which is why we've put together this brief primer to help you navigate the process. This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the documents you might need during a sale, but it should help you get the ball rolling.
1. Pre-listing paperwork. Your agent should help you through this to ease the uncertainty. Put simply, this is when you need to gather documentation for your ownership of the property and any changes you’ve made. This might include things like a CLUE report, receipts and other documents for recent improvements, warranties, other information regarding your appliances, and any records relating to an HOA or other agreements. The disclosures and documentation required by a seller can vary widely depending on your specific situation and location, so be sure to connect with trusted, local real estate agents like us to help you with gathering these documents.
"The right agent can help you identify, find, generate, or apply for all of the necessary documents."
2. Listing paperwork. This one is a lot easier for the homeowner. This will include things like disclosure paperwork, HOA details, and a listing agreement. Much of this paperwork should have been gathered before listing, and much of it will be the responsibility of your real estate agent. Be sure to work closely with your agent to make sure that you have all of the necessary documents.
3. The offer and closing paperwork. This is another step in the process that is heavy on documentation. Much of it will be included in the prior steps, but you’ll also need new things like the purchase offer, appraisals, and inspections. You’ll already have some of this paperwork, you’ll receive some of it during the selling process, and other parts will be generated by your real estate agent and the mortgage companies. The most important things you’ll want to have on hand during this process are your identification and the deed to the home.
As I said before, this is not a complete list of the paperwork you’ll need. Plus, your specific city, county, and state might have different requirements. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that this is why you need trusted, local real estate agents like us on your side. We’re experts in the buying and selling process, and we can help you identify, find, generate, or apply for all of the necessary documents that you will need for your specific sale.
Although you are responsible for providing the information and disclosures, a service-oriented agent or team can help guide you through the process to ease your mind and minimize the risks associated with selling a property in Arizona.
If you’re getting ready to sail the sea of paperwork required for a successful home sale, reach out to us. Call or email us anytime, as we are here to help you with all of your real estate needs.
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