When you receive an offer, you can accept it, reject it or make a counter offer to the potential buyer. However, your Realtor is a skilled negotiator and can separate the serious buyers from the Lookie-Lou's. Many times, the first offer may be your best offer. Don't be afraid to accept it! If it sold right away it is because it was priced right- in good condition and the agent that sold it had probably showed the buyer 20 other homes and they were just waiting for yours. Listen to your Realtor… if they say it's a good offer, fair and it works out for you … take it! A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush!
The Realtor will do the running when it comes to getting your abstract brought up to date, delivering it to the attorney for a title opinion, and having the deed drawn by your attorney. We will break down all the expenses showing the estimates of proceeds, pay off the taxes, mortgage, and pay for the expenses from your proceeds so when you get your check everything has been paid for. We will check on the buyer's financing to keep it going. We can help you arrange for pest inspections, home inspections, surveys, etc. We are there before, during, and after the sale. Before closing you need to sign the deed. That way you don't need to be present at the closing. It is helpful if you leave a letter of instructions if the home has something special the new owners would want to know about, including the sprinkler system, keys, furnace, etc.