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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Herminia Silva

My husband and I sold our house in North Austin, Texas with the help and beautiful work of Kasey Gilliam and a team from Bramlett Residential Real Estate. We were thinking that the process of selling our house would be stressful and tedious, but was exciting every day. Up to date information was giving from the agency each time a house was listed in our area, and helped us to determined the most competitive price for our house with great results. They helped us in every stage of the process, from making our house attractive for a good price for listing it, to maintaining it in good shape, to until the closing process. We are so satisfied that we recommend their services.

Rachel Drew

Kasey Gilliam with Eric Bramlett Residential successfully guided us through the house selling process from the very start when we were planning to sell, through deciding what improvements to make, taking photographs, listing, and closing. From the very beginning of our conversation, we knew we’d scored a pro who we could trust to give us solid advice and keep us on track, and that is exactly how it went down. She kept us apprised of the market with just the right amount of email updates. She was willing to work with our timeline, even when it changed a bit, and kept all the details managed and smooth, so that we didn’t need to. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone looking to sell.

Kimberly Roberts

We met with several realtors before choosing Crystal Hirst to sell our house. It was the best decision we’ve made. She is extremely knowledgeable and motivated to making the process as smooth as possible. Crystal pays attention to details and makes sure everything is taken care of.

George Castle

Will Mackintosh sold my Rosedale house this Spring and did a great job. He kept me informed and involved at each stage of the process (marketing, staging, pricing, and closing). The whole sequence of events was smooth and painless. He and his team were very professional and easy to work with.

John Thomason

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Minnie Tanglao Ott

Craig McGuire and the Bramlett Real Estate team did a fantastic job in selling our Austin home. We were in California but Craig took care of beautifully staging the house and everything that was needed to get it ready for sale, including the installation of a new refrigerator. Craig moved fast and the house sold in a few days for $100k+ over the listing price. Craig made sure that the process went smoothly and he effectively collaborated with the buyers until we closed. Having Craig as a trusted realtor made us feel safe about selling our house remotely. I highly recommend Craig and the Bramlett Real Estate team — their methodology works and they delivered superbly above expectations!a

Maxine Goodson

Bramlett Residential did an excellent job helping us sell our home. Our agent was Will Mackintosh. His team did an outstanding job. They were professional and kept us informed during the entire process. The best thing was he had list of trusted vendors that could take care of the minor repairs that needed to be done. They were always available to answer any question we had. We would definitely use them again if the need arises.

C.M. Barnes

Our research led us to Bramlett Realty and to their agent, Will Macintosh. Our family was not disappointed with the results. Will and Bramlett Residential informed us every step of the way as the sale progressed, alleviating much of the stress that goes along with selling and relocating. We highly recommend.

Mallorie Mach

Our realtor Will Mackintosh was fantastic. He went above and beyond to make sure our home selling process was seamless. He knows the Austin market well and served as a great guide for us throughout the entire process. I highly recommend working with Will.

Kim Rogers

Simon Vand is a very personable and professional realtor. Since my dad was a realtor for almost 35 years, I had high expectations for what I wanted in a realtor and Simon certainly exceeded them. He communicated with me well and gave me good advice on the sale of my dad’s condo. This sale was really successful because of his help and expertise.

Larry Edmondson

Christopher Kirk was upfront and realistic about the value of my home. Didn’t make me feel pressured into selling until we found the right buyer. Always there when I needed him and went out of his way to help settle a reno contractor dispute.

troy McCreery

Tyson was fantastic to work with. He made selling our first house easy. He checked in on us throughout the selling process making sure all of our questions were answered. Tyson is easy to work with and a very down to earth guy, it was like working with someone we have known forever. If you’re looking for an awesome realtor, look no further.