Although the Internet has made it easier to sell your home without an agent, about 93% of home sales are still done with some type of real estate agent. By using Sam Hawkins and his team, you gain decades of industry experience and education, a vast network and deep knowledge of the market, professional staging and pre-sale preparation, professional broker open houses, pre-and re-inspection services, and savvy negotiating skills. Plus, we provide a personalized step-by-step listing guide outlining our selling strategy, events, and services so you know exactly what to expect when.
What are the major concerns, common questions and what to expect during the process of selling your home? We have created a quick overview that will walk sellers through the home selling process and offers answers to these frequently asked questions.
Want to learn more about a particular area? Wonder how the real estate market is looking? Curious what your home is worth? Our free market report provides you with customized information that helps you make the right decisions for you and your family.
“After nearly 10 years of working with Sam…Sam has guided us through buying our first home, to purchasing land, to finding our dream house (one that wasn’t even on the market yet!). Sam’s knowledge of the Meridian Kessler and Meridian Hills areas has been invaluable. He also has the ability to look for red flags with the eye of an inspector. He listened to our extensive list of must haves and found us a forever home that was better than anything we could have imagined and designed ourselves.”
-Ivy & Brodie Wright
“What sets Sam apart is his ability to give us his time and attention amidst the business of his schedule at work and at home. Sam patiently listens and gives wise, insightful counsel along the way. He made us feel as if we were his number one priority even though we knew he had a number of other responsibilities. In the entire process we were confident that Sam always had our best interests in mind.”
-Tom & Jane Hopewell
“Sam is set apart by his knowledge of the market and the buyers as well as the tremendous team in his office who support the entire selling process to make it as easy as possible. At the outset, he explained what to expect in the selling process, provided other experts to help establish the asking price, connected us with workers to accomplish some final repairs and tweaks to make the house ready to put on the market. As we progressed through the sale process, Sam always remained upbeat and encouraging. When we got discouraged, he was always there with a refreshing dose of practical optimism.”
-Mary Mader & Jerry DeBrosse
“Because of his advice, friendship, and guidance in each of our moves, we’ve constantly felt at home.”
– Brandt & Kelly Voight
“Sam and his team were always available to answer questions and teach us about the process. He handled some difficult negotiating points with speed and grace, keeping us in the loop and watching out for our interests while keeping the big picture in mind. Sam is connected, caring, and knowledgeable – overall, we were thrilled with our experience.”
– Brian & Katy Gray
“My wife and I recently moved back to Indianapolis after a 14 year absence, and when we decided to buy a house for our family of five, Sam was the only realtor I even considered to help us find our home.”
– Odie & Katy Bracy
“Sam has been our trusted advisor. He listens to our needs and our visions and helped us find the perfect house for the perfect stage of life.”
– Brandt & Kelly Voight
“At the final walk-through of our new house, we realized that the builder had installed the incorrect countertop in our master bathroom. In what could have been a hard problem to resolve with just days before our close, Sam took the lead and got it all solved, so within a week after we took ownership of the house, we had a new countertop in the master bathroom, along with a rebate gift card from the builder.”
– Scott & Marcella Caulfield
“His knowledge of, insight into, and experience with the Indianapolis market is off the charts. When you combine this with his high EQ and understanding of what matters and works for each individual home buyer, it adds up to a highly trusted and capable partner. We wouldn’t want anyone else to be our realtor. Sam is quite simply the best!”
– Joe & Aki Fletcher
“Call Sam and you will have nothing to worry about.”
– Scott & Marcella Caulfield
Get a home appraisal.
Knowing the value of your house and exercising patience and restraint are key, so be sure to get your home appraised. In a good market, the sale price can be 10-15% above the appraisal. In a weaker market, the sale price may be around the appraisal figure.
Get a home inspection.
A home inspection is important in avoiding complications during your sale. The buyer will get an inspection, but discovering problems during a pre-sale home inspection allows you to have more control over how to handle them.
Market as long as possible.
If you are able, try to put your home on the market as long as possible before buying a new one. Otherwise you may end up paying two mortgages, which can be difficult to afford. If you do end up finding a house that you can’t wait to buy before selling your own, you can ask your lender for a bridge loan, or you may also be able to get a home equity loan to help with dual mortgage payments.