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FAQs For Sellers

Selling a home is a process that starts with you, the seller, and your unique situation. At Team OC Hunter, we will take the time to listen to you and find a realistic timeline and offer practical advice for achieving your goals. 

Take a look at our Seller’s Roadmap for an overview of the steps involved in selling a home.

For people 55 years and older or with disabilities, yes! 

Proposition 19 allows homeowners aged 55+ to keep a better tax rate when they sell one house and buy another. Eligible homeowners can transfer their tax assessments anywhere within the state of California and allow tax assessments to be transferred to a more expensive home with an upward adjustment. The property-transfer law also increases the number of times that a qualified homeowner can transfer their assessments from one time to three times.

You can perform a 1031 tax-deferred exchange on investment property but not a primary residence.

As a licensed real estate broker, our owner and founder Gary Hunter has helped over 150 clients successfully close tax-deferred exchanges, the most recent of which closed on April 25, 2022. Call today for a 1031 exchange consultation, and learn how the process may work for you.

Selling trust property in Orange County is quite common, especially for older clients or estates. Because the selling process for trust property can be complicated, we highly recommend working with an experienced real estate professional to ensure all documentation is properly reviewed and filed. Our agents have worked on over 200 trust sales over the years. Contact us today to discuss your trust property and learn more about the selling process.

Probate sales are court-supervised legal procedures that involve working with attorneys. When navigating a probate sale, you will want to work with a real estate team that understands the nuances of the probate process and will proactively handle the transaction, from getting the home to market to negotiating offers to maximize your profit.

More often than not, sellers quickly discover that they have too much stuff! We recommend decluttering as one of the first steps in preparing your home for sale. Additionally, we suggest scheduling an initial termite report and home inspection to help identify any potential issues that can be dealt with proactively. Additionally, small home repairs—such as painting, repairing small cracks and holes in the wall, and mopping or polishing floors—can make a big difference to a buyer’s initial impression of the property. Check out our Home Staging Checklist, and give us a call to schedule a property analysis with a member of our team.

The decision to stage your home or not really depends on the condition of your property, local market trends, and your goals. Talk to one of our real estate agents to determine if it’s the right choice for you.

To benefit the seller, we suggest countering all serious offers with a best and final counter offer. If you have questions about negotiation strategies, give us a call. We can walk you through the possibility of multiple offers and explain the potential advantages and disadvantages of each of your options.

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