Selling: A Step by Step Guide


Whether you’re planning to downsize, trade up or relocate out of the area, when you choose to work with me, I realize that you are entrusting me to list and sell one of your most valuable assets.

Selling your property is a big decision. What determines how much you will get from your home will be a function of the Housing Market, the Condition of your house and the Agent you partner with. How your home is priced, how it shows and how it’s marketed makes all the difference, so it’s important to work with an agent you can trust to get the job done perfectly.

With me as your agent, you're not just getting a professional who uses the best tools and technology to sell your property for the maximum return on your investment, in the least amount of time, with the least amount of stress to you. You're getting transparency and instant communication throughout the entire process, so you can relax knowing every detail is taken care of.

Mark Vantress
Vantress Real Estate
(408) 841-6303  |  DRE # 02109166   |

Disclosures & Inspections


Both the Seller and the Listing Agent are required to disclose all known material defects, repairs and alterations made to the home. Disclosures give a Buyer the opportunity to review available information prior to writing an offer.

A home inspection is a visual examination done by a licensed professional. A thorough inspection will examine the interior and exterior structures, systems and components of the structure including the roof, basement or crawlspace, foundation and structure, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, fireplace, attic, insulation and ventilation, doors, windows of a residential property.

Examples of things that need to be disclosed and provided to the Buyer:

  • Roof age and warranty paperwork, if applicable.
  • Furnace age and manuals, if applicable.
  • Central Air conditioning age, warranty, and manuals, if applicable.
  • Hot water heater age, warranty, and manuals.
  • Age of any included appliance, manuals, and warranties, if applicable.
  • Dates of any home improvement projects or remodels. This could include the kitchen bathroom(s) window installation, carpet and flooring, and outdoor amenities.
  • Dates and reports on any repairs made to the home.
  • Permits or Certificates of Compliance that apply, which could include decks, sheds, and fencing.
  • Written and verbal estimates of work to be done.
  • Anything that may affect the value or desirability of the property.
  • Title report showing clear title and loan balances.


Why up front inspections are important

We live in a competitive marketplace that requires a highly proactive mindset to sell a property at the most optimal price. If a Buyer is considering multiple homes similar to yours, it is to your advantage to have material facts presented up front so there are no surprises when the time comes for an offer and possible negotiations.

It is important to note that a Buyer may want to do their own inspections for a deeper understanding of the condition of the property. This is a normal practice.

General Disclosures

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