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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We worked with Elizabeth Michael for over a year to prepare our home for sale. She was kind and patient, but most of all she was very knowledgeable and thorough. It’s a long and at times arduous process preparing a home to list, but with her help we were able to optimize the space with staging and address the minor concerns that came up in our pre-listing inspection. I highly recommend her for your next sale or home purchase!

Meaghan Marks was not only my realtor, but my biggest advocate and support while selling 2 of my homes at the same time. I had never sold a house before, so having a realtor that held my hand was very important to me. There were struggles with the buyers, and she walked me through all the lingo and curveballs along the way, allowing me to ultimately make the best decisions for ME and my situation. Throughout the process, Meaghan not only was patient and professional, but she was kind and fun to be around, making the stressful seem seamless. If you want a friend who has your back and helps you navigate buying or selling a home, Meaghan is your girl!

Selling our house with Bramlett Residential was a great experience. Our realtor, Craig, was not only patient and thoughtful but also an expert in our neighborhood. Throughout the process, he served as our advocate, ensuring we felt confident and supported every step of the way. Craig was a true professional, prioritizing our needs and concerns. He and the team took a lot of the stress out of the process.. I wholeheartedly recommend Bramlett Residential to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

Zoe recently helped us sell our home in Bear Creek Crossing. Our sale was tricky due to having already relocated out of state but Zoe was incredible through the process. She was by our side from start to finish. Zoe is knowledgeable, responsive, and honest. She was able to set up realistic expectations and kept in consistent contact to keep us up to date. Zoe was truly a champion for us. We couldn’t be more grateful for having had her in our corner.

Rob Gordon from Bramlett Residential is fantastic! I truly believe we would not have sold our home as quickly or for as good of a price if it hadn’t been for Rob. He really understands real estate and is extremely good at what he does. This was our first experience selling a house and Rob patiently walked us through every step of the process. He took time to explain the market, his strategy, and all the paperwork. When it came time to negotiate he went to bat for us. He happily answered all of our questions and actively coached us through to signing day. We could not be more pleased with our experience. We highly recommend Rob.

Great experience with Will and his team. They made selling really easy. I appreciate the professionalism and knowledge that they gave me n selling the house.

We recently had Rob Gordon’s help selling our house. The only advice anyone could give us about selling a house was “make sure you get a really good relator.” Rob was everything we were hoping for and more. From the first phone call it was clear we were working with an industry expert and a wonderful human. During the whole process he was clear in his communication, flexible with our timeline and schedule, and handled everything seamlessly.

We listed our house the same weekend that many others hit the market and Rob helped make our house stand out. He had a designer come to help stage and a professional photographer to capture the best photos for the listing. We had 3 offers in 6 days and one for over asking price!! Some other homes that listed at the same time are still sitting on the market weeks later.

He kept us well informed throughout the process and advocated for our best interests the whole way along. Wouldn’t recommend anyone else here in Austin! Our only complaint is that we can’t take him with us to help us buy our new house that is out of the state!!

Jean Holm, who works for Bramlett Realty, is the best realtor I have ever worked with. I have had twelve real estate transactions over the last 50 + years. Jean was far and away, head and shoulders over anyone else I have dealt with. She is an expert and knowing the market and the neighborhood. She gave me great advice and all the information I asked for, and I asked for a lot. Her response time to my calls and texts was beyond anything I would have expected. I initially called her about listing my house when Austin prices were at their peak. Packing up for staging took me months, my issue, and consequently I missed the window for a big sale. But I was determined to move and Jean helped me understand the changes occuring in the market and the best approach for my situation. She spent an incredible amount of time with me. Always cheerful, helpful, dependable, extremely knowledgeable, I rate my experience with Jean and Bramlett Realty a 10+. I am a very happy customer.

Joe was great in all aspects of inspecting, pricing and selling our house. We had two offers in two weeks and closed within a month of the listing. Highly recommend using both Joe and Bramlett Residential Real Estate as we’ll be doing with another property sale soon.

Joe’s input regarding preparing the property for sale was spot on and very successful. Great job!

I cannot speak highly enough about the outstanding service we received from Kasey Gilliam and Kim Jowers with Bramlett Residential Real Estate during the recent sale of our home. They are a fantastic team! From our initial consultation to the successful closing, Kasey proved to be an invaluable asset, guiding us through every step of the process with expertise and professionalism. Kasey demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the local market dynamics and economic headwinds. Throughout the entire process, Kasey was proactive, communicative, and always available to address any questions or concerns we had. She provided regular updates and feedback that kept us informed and reassured, making the selling experience remarkably smooth. I wholeheartedly recommend Kasey to anyone looking for a top-notch real estate agent who truly prioritizes her clients’ needs!

Tara McGuire recently sold our house in Circle C and did an amazing job. She is so easy to work with, knowledgable, and responsive. I believe she got us top $$. Highly recommend working with Tara and her team at Bramlett! Their service was all inclusive with staging, marketing, etc. No nickel and diming. Just great service.

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