Seller Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does it take to put my house on the market?

    Once we receive the professional photos of your property, we will have it listed within 1 business day. We will immediately create your single property website, submit your listing to the IDX websites, and if you choose to syndicate nationally, do so at that time. We will create your print materials and submit them to you for approval, so the print materials are usually ready 2-3 business days after we receive the photos. In short, we work very quickly. Preparing your property for market is extremely case by case. If your house is ready to go, we can usually have you listed within one week. However, if you plan to make improvements to your property before listing, then it will take as long as those improvements do.
  • Which items stay with my house, and which items can I take with me?

    The general rule is: “If you have to remove it with a tool, it stays.” However, some items are specifically included in the contract and other items will go with you. Unless specifically excluded, your drapes, window treatments, & television mounts will stay with the house. Unless specifically included, your washer & dryer and refrigerator will go with you. If you have a question about a specific item, please don’t hesitate to ask, and if there is any doubt (and you want to keep the item) then list it as an exclusion in your Seller’s Disclosure Notice!
  • Do I need to leave my property during showings?

    It’s almost always best for you to leave the property during showings. Buyers feel much more comfortable in a home without the seller present, and it’s in your best interest for buyers to feel comfortable. You will certainly have a unique perspective on your own home, and it’s our job to make sure that this unique perspective is communicated to any potential buyer through our marketing materials.
  • How long will it take to sell my house?

    The average days on market will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood (or condo development to condo development.) How long it will take to sell your property will also be a function of your property’s condition & where you decide to price it. After we’ve viewed your property, we can give you a good estimate of the time it will take to sell your property, given the amount of preparation you would like to do.
  • Do I need to clean my house before I move out?

    Unless otherwise agreed with your buyer, all of your personal items need to be removed. While a standard contract doesn’t require it, it’s very standard for a seller to clean the property well after move out (vacuum, dust, wipe countertops, etc…) It is relatively common for a buyer to stipulate in the contract that they want the house professionally cleaned and/or the carpets to be steamed. If there’s no such stipulation, then we recommend using common sense, and leaving the property in the same condition you would want it to be in, if you were the buyer. Bear in mind that the buyer will have a final walk through before closing, so you want to make sure they’re happy with the property’s condition.
  • What are the fees associated with selling my property?

    While all contracts are negotiable, the standard fees are outlined here. There is typically a 6% broker fee and 1.5% in additional escrow, title, & miscellaneous fees. The easiest way to determine how much you will net in the sale is to multiply the sales price X 92.5%.
  • Will the buyer & seller sign closing docs at the same time?

    The buyer & seller usually sign at different times. This helps you close as quickly as possible. If both parties sign at the same scheduled time, then both parties wait on each other (one goes first and one waits for the second to finish.)
  • What is a buyer walkthrough? Do I have to let them do the walkthrough?

    The buyer walkthrough allows the buyer to physically see that the property hasn’t been damaged prior to closing. While uncommon, things can happen. Storms can cause trees to come down & movers can bang holes in the walls. If something unlikely happens, then we have to either give a monetary credit or fix the problem prior to closing. The walkthrough is most certainly not an opportunity for the buyer to renegotiate prior to closing & it is generally quick and painless. You are contractually obligated to allow the buyer walkthrough during reasonable times with reasonable notice.
  • How long will it take for me to get the closing proceeds into my account?

    You can expect to have the proceeds from closing the following business day, and you sometimes get proceeds the same day as closing.
  • What is an option period? Do I have to negotiate repairs during the option period?

    Contractually, an option period is the period during which a buyer can terminate the contract and receive their earnest money back for any reason. They have the “option” to terminate. In practice, the option period is almost always used as an inspection period. Buyers hire a licensed inspector to inspect the home and provide them a report. Buyers usually do ask for repairs or a credit for repairs. You are not contractually obligated to negotiate repairs during the option period, but we will always look at what is in your best interest - negotiating repairs or going back to market.
  • What does a home inspector look for in the property?

    A licensed Texas real estate inspector will provide a visual inspection of your home based on current code. This means that the inspector will not disassemble anything to inspect it and that they will not take into account the year the property was built. It’s fairly common for older homes to show deficiencies simply because code has changed, but you’re under no obligation to bring anything to current code. Sometimes, an inspector will recommend that a specialist inspect a specific system further (HVAC, foundation, plumbing, etc…).

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Aleksandra S.

This was our first time selling a home, and Ashley made it a breeze! We had complete trust in her understanding of the market and the appropriate terms/ contingencies that were necessary. We loved how responsive she was to all of our questions, and she and her team are absolute pros. Would highly recommend working with Ashley if you have the opportunity too!

Susan J.

Ashley Vavasour did an awesome job helping us with the sale of our home! She kept us informed during every step of the process and was always available to answer our questions or hold our hand. She even retrieved my favorite spatulas that I had left behind! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to list their house.

Bob B.

We interviewed three different realtors and were impressed immediately with Will Macintosh.  He included our input into listing price, time line for listing, and detailed the services clearly.  The whole Bramlett team was was prompt in getting forms to us, and clear in terms of expectations.  The stager was great.  The pictures were great.  The house got multiple offers on the first weekend, sold at $55,000 above list price, and closed in 30 days.  Great experience.  I couldn’t recommend them more highly.

Traci H.

I just had a fantastic experience selling my house. Bailey Moran was my agent and she was just WONDERFUL.  I think it’s easy for a professional to be wonderful when everything goes as planned but it is far more telling how excellent they are when things go wrong.  First of all, I am a first time home seller and was completely unfamiliar with the process.  Bailey did much more than answering my questions, because I didn’t even know what questions to ask.  She provided such thorough information in our initial consult I felt like I had an excellent grasp on the process.  She provided a stager…free of charge!…who came out and gave me a complete plan on what to do to prepare my house for showings.  I followed their suggestions and the offers I got on my home were staggering…so much more than I had hoped.  Here’s where things went wrong and Bailey really showed what a fantastic agent does.  My home went under contract right when we had a huge winter storm here in Texas.  I’m a nurse and I ended up being stuck at my hospital four days straight.  When I was finally able to get back home I found my pipes had burst and the house was flooded.  I really couldn’t imagine a worse thing to have happened.  The floors, baseboards and all the doors had to be torn out.  There were over 30,000 claims in Austin alone, so there was a huge wait for plumbers, contractors etc…and I was supposed to be closing in two weeks!  Bailey worked magic with the buyers, their realtor and even the mitigation team that dried and repaired my house… she got them to create new contracts to transfer warranties to the new buyers, she checked in with me regularly to make sure *I* was doing okay, because she knew how stressed I was.  She was so reassuring and…she just handled everything.  She got the closing postponed and when I finally got the repairs completed the closing went off without a hitch.  She made what should have been an incredibly stressful experience SOOOO much better!  I feel incredibly lucky she was my agent.

And did I mention the actual sales process was so easy and she got FAR FAR more for my house than I would have ever expected?  I did, but it’s worth repeating.  My house was only on the market for one weekend.  She is simply the best.

Christine P.

Tara McGuire at Bramlett is great! She is incredibly knowledgeable, responsive and got us well over our asking. We would highly recommend her!

Amanda R.

We recently had the pleasure of working with Will Mackintosh and his team from Bramlett Residential. Will and his team made us feel comfortable to ask any and all questions that come with selling a home. What we loved most about working with them was the quick response time, whether it was through email, text or phone call, we were never disappointed. We also like the attention to detail that was provided to us throughout the process. We knew exactly when & what needed to be done on our end and it made working with them a breeze! If you are in the Austin area and looking to buy or sell your home, we highly recommend Will, Felix, and Brianna at Bramlett Residential.

Kyle Harris

Tara was great to work with. To be honest, the entire team was really on top of things and Tara made the whole process seamless. It really felt like a whole team was supporting us and let us focus on other things outside of the immediacy of selling the house. The transaction was great. Tara made good recommendations on the areas to focus on where to concede. Tara was great about being very upfront in regards to her expertise when we were unsure of certain things but would still make it clear the decision was ours. She was really helpful in helping us weigh out the decisions we made and the potential outcomes from those choices.

All in all, it was a really solid experience and an upgrade from our previous realtor. I will happily use Bramlett again.

Wendy F.

Bailey and the team were great. I was able to put my house on the market and sell it quickly. Will be using her again for purchase in the future.

Reuben A.

Will was a true professional and helped shepherd the listing and sale of my condo to a successful close. He was very attentive and super available. I would recommend his services to both a buyer or a seller. Cheers!

Taira H.

We sold our home recently with Tara McGuire. She was an absolute amazing realtor along with the whole supporting team. She kept us updated at every stage and answered all one billion questions we had. She organized a stager, photographer, awesome marketing, and was quick with communication in any format. The end result was a very quick sale with a higher profit margin than we had anticipated. It was a complete pleasure to work with her and definitely will be using her and the team again in the future.

Daniel B.

We recently sold our home in Buda, and we’ve sold homes before. Kasey Gilliam was our agent and she was absolutely fabulous to work with. She was energetic, excited to represent us, and very knowledgeable about the market. She immediately scheduled a professional stager and photographer. They were great and we had excellent photos. Kasey helped us set a reasonable price in line with the market. In 4 days we had 4 offers and sold above asking. Kasey helped us at every step. I highly recommend Bramlett and Kasey Gilliam

Richard Phillips

We just sold our house. We received six offers over our listing price in the first five days of listing. Our home sold for the highest price ever on our block. There is only reason that we were able to do that and that is “Tara McGuire” at Bramlett Realty. Tara is the most amazing person. She is so knowledgeable, so detailed, and ever so professional. Tara was with us every step of the way! If we had a question or concern she got back to us immediately. We recommend Tara a thousand percent. She not only maximized the sales price of our home, but she was also an absolute joy to work with. Rich & Karen Phillips Circle C Ranch Austin, TX