Seller Agent Michele Miller
Michele brings an impressive background and track record of outstanding service to her real estate business. Her approach ensures each client receives an unsurpassed amount of personal attention and market expertise. An excellent communicator and creative problem solver, Michele asks the right questions and in turn keeps her clients well informed throughout the process. Whether she's helping buyers put together a strategic offer to place them in their ideal home, locate a great rental space for a client in transition, or position a property to get the highest possible return for a seller, Michele is committed to helping her clients achieve their real estate goals
Realtor Michele Miller Guides Sellers to a Successful Sale
Selling a home requires a high level of professionalism, deep market knowledge, and an understanding of the tastes, priorities, and psychology of home buyers. Working with our listing agent Michele Miller offers you the opportunity to better understand the process and how to get your home sold more quickly and for more money.
Here are some of the questions you may be asking:
1. What renovations bring the highest return on investment (ROI) when selling a home?
Interestingly, year after year the most profitable improvements are also among the most affordable. These include new entry doors, upgraded landscaping, and even new mature trees. For larger renovations, kitchens and bathrooms are key, helping to draw in more foot traffic while also helping to improve your bottom line. Consult with Michele to find out what materials and designs are getting the most love from buyers in your market.
2. How do you determine the ideal selling price for my home?
By comparing your home’s features with those of comparable properties in your area, Michele will help you determine what buyers are willing to pay for a home like yours. From there, you may want to come in slightly higher, in the case of low inventory or increased demand, or slightly lower, if you’re looking for a quick sale and closing.
3. What are the five most important areas to spruce up before listing a condominium?
If you are preparing to list your condo, you may want to do one or more of the following:
- Repaint the interior to a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of home-buyers.
- Update carpeting with hardwood or wood laminate flooring.
- Replace outdated, mismatched appliances with attractive new ones.
- Update fixtures and finishes, including light fixtures, bathroom and kitchen finishes, crown and window molding, and door hardware.
- Add smart home upgrades like a high tech thermostat, smart home audio and video, or smart appliance upgrades.
4. What are the five most important areas to spruce up before selling a single-family home?
If you are preparing to list a single-family home, you may want to prioritize different updates, including the following:
- Focus on curb appeal with a new (or newly painted) front door, new house numbers, mailbox, and upgrade outdoor spaces like porches and patios.
- Make your lawn look its best and add simple landscaping upgrades like new trees, planting beds, or potted plants.
- Check out your home’s systems, including HVAC and hot water heater, and replace as needed.
- Repaint both interior and exterior surfaces as needed.
- Consider an affordable bathroom update with a new sink and vanity, new towel bars, and a new mirror
5. How do I prepare for a showing and open house?
De-cluttering and deep cleaning are the keys to getting your home ready to show. Go ahead and pack away highly personal items like family photos and “busy” decorations that crowd your counters and tabletops. Have carpets deep cleaned and re-stretched as needed. If you have pets, you may want to board them or have them stay with friends or family in order to simplify showings. Open window coverings and turn on lights to brighten up the home. Open windows for fresh air. Avoid scented candles, and background music, unless on very low volume.
6. Do exclusions hurt the sale price?
If you’re selling a highly upgraded, new or renovated home, and are expecting to get top-dollar, removing light fixtures and window treatments can have an effect on the offering price. Buyers who fall In love with a beautifully decorated property want to buy the whole picture. Unless you want to remove a family treasure, it’s best to offer the home without exclusions.
7. A buyer just made a low-ball offer. Should I be insulted?
Many homeowners personalize the home sale process. However, just like you, most buyers are focused on two things -- their budget and their timeline. A buyer may makes a low-ball offer because they are trying to negotiate aggressively or simply because they saw someone sue that strategy on a TV show and thought it was cool. At the end of the day, if they can’t come up to an acceptable price, you’ll move on to the next buyer. Michele will negotiate on your behalf so that you don’t have to get caught up in the buyer’s drama and you’re better able to keep your emotions in check.
8. Does it matter what time of year I list my home?
It can. Generally, there is more inventory on the market -- and thus, there are more buyers looking -- in the spring and early summer. However, listing a home during the fall and winter when there is lower inventory may be a good strategy, especially if you are in a desirable area or have an in-demand home style. You may be able to stand out from the competition and get more buyers in the door when you are one of their only options.
9. Does it matter what day of the week I list my home?
Some real estate agents believe in hitting the MLS first thing on Friday morning. Others believe Thursday night allows you an extra few hours to get eyes on your home before the weekend starts. Some real estate agents like to list on Monday morning and build demand all week, then wait for offers on the following weekend. Michele will work with you to determine what you need to do to get your home ready to list and will help you determine the best time to introduce your home to the market.
10. The holidays are coming up. Should I take my home off the market?
Many sellers want to enjoy the holidays without the interruption of showings, therefore, there are fewer homes for sale over the holidays. At the same time, if buyers are taking time from their busy holiday schedule to look at a home, you can be sure they are motivated. Take advantage of less competition and keep your home on the market if you are eager to sell. Talk to Michele about preferred showing times and ways to make selling over the holidays as pleasant as possible.
Michele has the experience and knowledge you need to guide you to a successful sale.
Call or text Michele to request a free home evaluation ~ 312.315.7332
I would like to take the time and thank your team, Tanya Hamilton and Michele Miller for a fantastic job they did for me from the beginning to the end.
The professionalism and work ethic in selling my home in River North and helping me find my new home in Chicago made my life stress-free and happy.
With all the new changes in my life they made it look effortless. From the beginning in selling my home all the way to my attorney, Jennifer Fitzgerald, I always knew they had my best interest at heart.
Your company is very fortunate to have such valuable real estate agents and I am fortunate I can call them my friend.
Thank you again for all Sotheby's did for me, and letting me start a new chapter in my life.