A Step-by-Step First Time Seller's Guide

Selling your home is one of the most significant, life-changing financial decisions you can make. Whether you’re moving for a fantastic job opportunity or simply need more space for your growing family, there are many reasons to pursue this massive life venture. Knowing how to approach this pursuit is critical to ensure you check off all the boxes and sell your home quickly for the best price. 

While selling your home may seem like a stressful and monumental undertaking, it doesn’t have to be! Working with Brad Alewine will yield favorable results, whether you’re looking to obtain the highest sales price, limit showings, or have a short escrow. With the right real estate agent and an efficient plan, you’ll sell your home in a flash! Here are the steps that Brad will walk you through to ensure your home sale goes smoothly.


Step 1: Consultation

Determining your goals is the primary step to selling your home. During your consultation, you will sit down and discuss:

  • Pre-sale inspection
  • The condition of your home
  • Budget for repairs and upgrades, if needed
  • Listing price and timing
  • Housing market conditions and comparable sales in your neighborhood
  • Sign the listing agreement and standard forms

Step 2: Appropriate Pricing

Pricing your home strategically depends on many factors. Whether the housing market favors sellers or buyers, how much recently sold homes in your neighborhood sold for, and other factors are considered to find the right listing price. List your home for too much, and you risk sitting on the market for a long time, deeming it undesirable by many house hunters. Setting a lower price has its advantages: it can drive interest, attract more buyers, and yield competitive offers! Your home will be snatched up faster and elicit more, higher offers with the right price.


Step 3: Preparing to Sell

Once you’ve had a consultation, the real work begins. The following steps will help prepare you for a successful home sale:

  • Create a timeline for activities
  • Commission vetted inspectors, schedule and oversee inspections
  • Review reports and coordinate any agreed-upon repairs and upgrades
  • Hire a professional staging company

Step 4: Strategic Marketing

Marketing your property wisely will bring in plenty of interested buyers. Vital marketing steps include:

  • Hiring a professional photographer for video, stills, and drone images
  • Writing creative ad copy to lure buyers
  • Print property brochures
  • Post your detailed listing with beautiful photos on MLS
  • Post your listing to property-specific websites and social media sites
  • Mail ‘just listed’ postcards throughout the neighborhood
  • Hold open houses with a private one just for neighbors
  • Email your listing to your agent’s network
  • Hold a Brokers’ Tour

Step 5: Track Progress

Once your home is listed, it’s essential to keep a close eye on:

  • Showings
  • Following up with interested buyers
  • Answer agent inquiries promptly
  • Respond to and monitor disclosure packet requests
  • Continue marketing efforts

Step 6: Evaluate & Communicate

Maintaining constant communication with your real estate agent is vital when your home is on the market. You and your agent will:

  • Analyze showings, inquiries, etc.
  • Review Disclosure Packet requests
  • Assess buyer activity and discuss a potential offer date
  • Research neighborhood trends, including active, pending, and sold properties

Step 7: Negotiate the Sales Price and Close

To ensure a seamless closing, you and your agent will:

  • Create a detailed spreadsheet to compare offers
  • Verify the buyer’s ability to meet any contingencies
  • Agree on the best possible price and terms
  • Once in contract, you’ll be provided with an escrow timeline
  • Review inspection reports the buyer obtained
  • Keep all necessary paperwork in order

Contact Brad Alewine today if you’re looking for an esteemed real estate agent to help sell your home.


Once you have sold your home, you're free to take the next step of your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as an empty-nester, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.

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Spencer W.

Brad and his team are a must when looking to sell, or buy a home in the Victoria Woods area in Riverside. Brad’s extensive knowledge of the area made the process of selling our home such an enjoyable experience. He and his tea...
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I have finally found a moment to say thank you for your outstanding help with the purchase of my new home in the Huntington Beach Landmark community. Your guidance and knowledge made the process much easier for me. You are a co...
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Jeremy Hubacek is without a doubt, the hardest working Realtor® I have ever come in contact with. We put our property on the market, and within one week, We had a buyer. He went above and beyond his duties as a Realtor®, and I ...
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Brad has been our Real Estate expert for approximately eight years, with four completed transactions involved, some of which include So Cal's most recent and painful recession were obtaining a home loan was protracted and nearl...
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Nhi N.

I was looking to purchase a home and wasn't sure where to start. Jeremy helped me get pre-approved so I had a realistic budget before looking at a few homes. He helped narrow down some homes for me to look at and really helped ...
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Sumaya C.

From the very beginning, Jeremy was on top of everything. Between connecting me with a financial department and also asking me what my expectations were he hit the ground running to make sure I was on my way to finding my perfe...
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We bought and sold the same home with Brad Alewine off of Overlook in the Whitegate area. Brad is hands down the best Realtor® in Riverside. Extremely knowledgeable of the Riverside Market and the Real Estate industry. He is hi...
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Adrian V.

Jeremy was such a great Realtor® to work with. We truly appreciated his guidance, expertise, and patience as we navigated the whole process together. As a first-time homebuyer, in such a competitive market, he helped our offer ...
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Camin R.

Jeremy went way beyond what could be expected. He helped me deal with a number of difficult situations with professionalism and kindness. He is honest and works hard to help his clients. I would only use him for future transact...
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Jeremy is a great Realtor® he is very knowledgeable he always responds in a timely manner and always has your interest at heart I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great Realtor®.
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Kensington W.

Jeremy is professional, prompt, and personable. Quickly responded and followed up on all questions and concerns, thus making the transaction seamless. Would definitely recommend his services to others.
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Rush H.

I have known Brad for dozens of years and find him to be the most knowledgeable and honest person in Real Estate. If you don’t list with Brad, you are not receiving the best representation.
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Nancy Z.

Best Realtor® in Town. He is honest and has integrity. He is always professional and takes great care of his clients.
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