Here at Stiles Realty Group we know that information is critical in easing the stress of home buying and selling. Many of us don't know the first thing about real estate so we've created a section to help take the mystery out of the process of buying and selling.
Take a look at the ways we can help you navigate the murky waters of real estate. Our desire is that it will help ease any anxiety you may have.
At The Stiles Company, we work for you in your home search. We help clients locate the home of your dreams to meet your budget, desired home features and lifestyle. We’re here from the home search through closing to take the mystery out of real estate transactions.
In the home-buying process, this is how we ensure you get the best home for you:
Discussing your needs
Our qualified REALTORS® talk with you to determine your specific requirements for your home search. We start with your preferred neighborhoods and budget. We then determine the timeframe to get you into a new home. We also help you create a checklist of home features, including must-haves and your wish list.
Making sure you're approved
Most homebuyers don’t pay cash when purchasing a home. This means you need financing. We help you identify potential mortgage companies to seek pre-approval for a mortgage. This helps you get a realistic understanding of what you can afford when searching for a home. Plus, you’ll need pre-approval to make an offer.
Helping you find your home
Your REALTOR® guides you in the home search process. Based on your preapproval budget and requirements we create a list of qualified homes. We also arrange tours for you to see the homes. We’ll work with you to find the right home.
Making the right offer
Once you find the home of your dreams, we work with you to make the offer. The REALTOR® creates a formal written contract for the offer. This protects both the buyer and the seller throughout the transaction.
Negotiating the best price
Your REALTOR® manages the negotiations between you, as the buyer, and the seller. This includes price negotiates, fees, property improvements and timeframes.
Managing your transaction
Your REALTOR® ensures the agreed to items are managed before closing. This includes coordinating with service providers for property improvements. This also includes managing the contact deadlines, like for inspections, mortgage approval, escrow payments and more. Overall, your REALTOR® manages the details so you don’t have to.
Closing the deal
The closing is one of the most important parts of the buying process. This is the time and process to transfer the deed from the seller to the buyer. It is critical that the right parties are present for the closing. In addition, all paperwork, including contracts and mortgage requirements must be accurately signed at the closing. Your REALTOR® works with the title company, real estate attorneys and the seller’s REALTOR® to complete the transaction.
The real estate market provides solid home values for sellers. At Stiles Realty Group we understand the real estate sales process including the best listing prices per market area. We work for you to minimize stress and get you the best price for your home.
In the home selling process, these are the steps we take to make sure your home sells quickly and for the best value:
What's your reason for selling?
The first step when selling a home is to understand your motivations. Are you moving out of the area, upsizing or downsizing? Also, what are your main goals? Do you want to sell quicker, or are you seeking the highest profit margin? This helps your REALTOR® understand how to position your home.
Setting the best price
Working with a REALTOR® is the best way to accurately price your home based on market comparisons. REALTORS® also look at the condition of the property and your goals for selling the home to set the price. Your realtor recommends the listing price; however, you have the final say.
Prepare your home to sell
Part of getting the most for your home is ensuring it’s in good shape. This means you must clean and prepare your home before you list. Your REALTOR® will suggest improvements for the property which you can decide whether to complete.
Getting you listed
Your REALTOR® will arrange for professional photos of the property. Then the listing goes live. Your REALTOR® manages marketing the property, including a yard sign, flyers and online promotions.
Manage your offers
Your REALTOR® acts as the gatekeeper for offers. They will receive the offer and present it to you for consideration. They also negotiate the offer on your behalf. This includes the price, property improvements, fees and more. They then ensure the contract represents your interests.
Preparing to close
Your REALTOR® provides a list of contractors to help with any necessary repairs determined from the inspection. The REALTOR® also helps prepare paperwork and other required actions to ensure you are ready for the closing to go smoothly.
Close the deal
At the closing the REALTOR® ensures all the right people and paperwork are in place and managed accurately. At the closing the transfer of funds to pay off your mortgage and/or pay you for the property occurs. At this point, ownership transfers from the seller to the buyer.
This is our favorite app, as it quickly determines how much home you can afford right away.
This will help you in knowing if you'll be able to get that home of your dream based on your financial situation.
We encourage you to use this feature before you begin your search, or contact us to get the ball rolling in determining if you are in a good position to buy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find a REALTOR® in the area if I live out of state?
It’s intimidating to locate a qualified REALTOR® when you live out of state. Realtor.com offers a list of licensed real estate agents in each city. Interview several agents and ask for references. Before you commit to a REALTOR® make sure you talk to them. Real estate transactions require a relationship with your REALTOR®. You want to work with someone that is qualified, has the resources to help you and that you like working with.
Do ratings matter for REALTORS®?
Yes! Ratings are the best way to get a first impression to narrow down your list of agents to interview. While anyone can have a few unhappy clients, it is a red flag if a REALTOR® has low ratings or consistent bad feedback.
What are closing costs?
Closing costs are the fees paid at the closing of a real estate transaction. These fees cover administrative costs. The closing costs include commission, title fees, government fees, and required taxes for sellers and for buyers they include title fees and lender fees.
Do I pay anything upfront to work with a REALTOR®?
Not at Stiles Realty Group! You don’t pay us until your property closes. Our fees are included in the closing costs. We cover the upfront costs to market the property.
How do I learn more about the Metro Area?
Oklahoma City offers a wide variety of cultural and interesting things to do in and around the area. Central Oklahoma is an exciting place to be these days and we believe you've made the right decision to want to settle here. Visit the Oklahoma City Visitors and Convention Bureau for more on this great city!