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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Crystal Hirst understands market conditions and how to position. She does her research well and helped us price our house to “SELL”. Indeed it sold much faster than our expectation, while multiple other units in the area, and in fact on the “same street”, still remain unsold. Ultimately Crystal brought us multiple interested buyers and we achieved higher than asking because of this multi-party interest that Crystal generated. We enjoyed our experience, her professionalism and excellent communication. We highly recommend Chrystal Hirst as your realtor.

Crystal Hirst understands market conditions and how to position. She does her research well and helped us price our house to “SELL”. Indeed it sold much faster than our expectation, while multiple other units in the area, and in fact on the “same street”, still remain unsold. Ultimately Crystal brought us multiple interested buyers and we achieved higher than asking because of this multi-party interest that Crystal generated. We enjoyed our experience, her professionalism and excellent communication. We highly recommend Chrystal Hirst as your realtor.

I have been thoroughly pleased with my experience with Bramlett Residential and my realtor Tyson Hombroek. Tyson provided outstanding service in helping me with the sale of my house. He is very professional and on top of the market. We stayed in constant communication and he was helpful in answering all my questions I had. This was a great experience. I highly recommend them.

Jeremy Vandermause was our realtor when we sold our Austin home in August 2022, and we could not have been happier with the entire process. This was the first time we had sold a home, and Jeremy and his team held our hand through each step. We felt totally at ease that no balls were being dropped. Since we had already purchased another home and moved out of state, this was a huge relief. Jeremy even stopped by our house to work out an issue with the painters we’d hired to prepare our house to sell. He went above and beyond!

We ended up getting and accepting a pre-market offer, and Jeremy went out of his way to make sure we were getting the absolute best price for our house. Jeremy is on top of every task, as well as being knowledgeable and tapped into the Austin market. Couldn’t have asked for a smoother experience!

I don’t do social media and I rarely give reviews. But after the world class service I received from my realtor, Kasey Gilliam, and her broker, Bramlett Residential Real Estate, I felt compelled to share my experience. I’ve learned that buying or selling a house can be a traumatic event, but it doesn’t have to be. Having experienced real estate trauma before I never imagined I’d feel so comfortable and so confident with an agent’s plan, process, and team. From our initial meeting through closing it was clear to my wife and I that Kasey knew our Northwest Hills neighborhood, understood the market, and followed a process which maximizes successful outcomes. She recommends the best day and time to list by season, by month, by day, by time. She uses the most comprehensive, current market data available to recommend a very narrow price range which is supported by recent comps, thus maximizing probability of a quick sale at or below appraised value. Kasey has a team of at least six individuals who support her logistically and administratively, allowing her to focus her attention and efforts where and when she needs to. Kasey’s broker, Eric Bramlett supports Kasey and her clients. One example is staging. Kasey and her broker paid for staging our house for up to 60 days. How many real estate agents/brokers take on this additional risk and put their money where their mouth is? Kasey follows a very detailed, specific process. She’s a CPA with lots of financial experience which compliments her real estate experience. Kasey made recommendations which I’ve never heard from another realtor which make sense. An example is her recommendation to get our house pre-inspected before we listed it on the market. At first I thought why would I as the seller want to pay for a buyer’s expense? I quickly understood; her goal is to reduce or eliminate as many friction points as possible between buyer and seller. We provided the buyer with our pre-inspection up front and set the conditions for mutual trust and limited negotiations. In some ways we were lucky to get a quick sale in a tight market. In other ways, Kasey maximized our chances for a successful outcome by setting the conditions for success. Thank you Kasey and the entire Bramlett team for helping us and our buyers achieve our goals without drama or trauma!

Linda Baddour is an amazing realtor. She helped us sale our duplex in Austin. She was very knowledgeable and very honest, even when it might not be what you want to hear. She was very responsive when we had questions and very prompt. Next time I need to sale property, I will defiantly look for Linda again!! Thank you!!!

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This is the second time we’ve worked with Tara McGuire, and it not only met the extremely high standards she set the first time, but far exceeded them. Tara is hands down one of the best realtors we’ve ever worked with. She maintains consistent communication and is always available for any and all questions. She is very knowledgeable of the market and comes forward with a competitive, yet realistic approach to sell your home. She has an amazing team that sets you up for success and walks you through each step of the process. Our experience with her is one we will always remember, and she will forever be our go-to with any real estate needs. Thank you, Tara, for an unmatched experience, and for helping us get exactly what we needed in the journey to sell our home.

I had an excellent experience working with Jeremy and Bramlett Residential to sell my home! He was always super responsive and understanding of my needs. He explained everything I needed to know along the way about the selling process, and laid out choices clearly to help me understand my options. Jeremy was always respectful and made me confident that he would look out for my best interests. I highly recommend Jeremy and the Bramlett Residential team!

I had a wonderful experience with my Agent, Jeremy Vandermause, and all of the professionals at Bramlett Real Estate. Jeremy listened to what I was trying to accomplish and always had solid insights and advice. At the time I listed my home for sale, the market was dropping, and I was nervous as I already had a contract on another home in San Marcos. Jeremy developed a sound strategy and a backup plan to give me the best options possible.

I am so grateful I did not have to navigate this market on my own. Jeremy walked me through each phase of the process and was always thoughtful and willing to answer my questions. Jeremy’s strategy worked and I am happy to say I have moved to my new home and a lovely family moved into my former home. I could not have asked for more!


Elken Miller is an extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and conscientious real estate agent who always puts her clients best interests first. Her guidance and direction was instrumental in helping me as I prepared to stage my home for sale! She provided me with invaluable advice on making repairs to increase the value of my house as well as tips for improving the decor to entice potential buyers. Her strong background in design and her creativity are abundantly clear in every aspect of her work. Elken is a true professional who puts her heart and soul into everything she does. I highly recommend her to handle all your real estate needs.


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