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Stephen Haw is an award-winning real estate Broker who has sold over $1 Billion worth of real estate in South Bay on behalf of his sellers and buyers. His team of skilled professionals is the #1 Sales Team at Keller Williams Palos Verdes Realty and was consistently named #1 Sales Team at RE/MAX Estate Properties.

For more than 30 years, Stephen has been breaking new ground and exceeding the expectations of his clients. His unyielding determination to make things happen for his sellers creates spectacular results. From his sophisticated marketing techniques, strong negotiation skills, keen understanding of the financial aspects of a sale to his excellent knowledge of the transaction process, he approaches every client’s move with the single intention of making sure that his sellers yield the best result.

A South Bay resident, Stephen is an expert in South Bay real estate and, fluent in English as well as Chinese and Taiwanese dialects, he is also exceptionally skilled in international real estate sales.

With integrity and determination that is simply unmatched, Stephen’s reputation in the real estate community is unsurpassed.

So you have decided to sell your property. Before anything else, it is a good idea to sit down and clarify your motivations and draw up a basic time frame for the selling process.

Why Sell?

Why do you want to sell your property? Do you intend to simply find a larger property, or do you plan on moving to another neighborhood, school district, city or state? You might think your reasons are obvious, but it would do well to consider the implications of each option for your lifestyle, opportunities, and finances. Being clear about your intentions for selling will make it easier for us to determine the most appropriate option for your specified financial, lifestyle, and real estate goals.

When Should I Sell?

You should immediately establish your time frame for selling. If you need to sell quickly, we can speed up the process by giving you a complete market analysis and action plan to obtain all of your goals. If there is no pressing need to sell immediately, you can sit down with one of our expert real estate agents to thoroughly review the current market conditions and find the most favorable time to sell.

What Is The Market Like?

When you work with us, you can be sure that you will have our knowledge, expertise and negotiating skills at work for you to arrive at the best market prices and terms. We will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and conditions of competing properties. With us, you will know exactly how to price and when to sell your property.

How Do I Optimize My Finances?

Deciding to sell your property demands a serious consideration of your current financial situation and future possibilities. With the help of our qualified agents, you will be able to effectively assess the cumulative impact of these changes, estimate potential proceeds of selling your property, and plan effective tax savings and estate planning strategies. We will ensure that you not only take control of your finances, but use them to their fullest potential.

Luxury Real Estate Seller’s Guide in Palos Verdes

Selling your home in the South Bay? As experts in the area’s luxury real estate market, the Stephen Haw Group con help you close the best possible sale and guide you through every step of the process. To help start you off, check out this comprehensive home selling guide.

Making the decision to sell

How do you know you’re ready to sell your home? Here are some important pointers to consider.

  • Reason for selling

Your reason for selling will guide negotiations with buyers and choosing your next home. Are you moving because of a job transfer? Are you an empty nester looking for a smaller space? Are you cashing in on an investment? All this will be factored in timing the sale, reviewing offers. and deciding which offer to accept

  • Financial standing

Selling is profitable only if you have positive equity. Otherwise, it will be a short sale and you lose the chance to make a profit

  • Market conditions

Luxury real estate is generally less susceptible to market conditions than standard properties. In fact, trends in this sector are considered a precursor of things to come in other markets.

However, it pays to be aware of economic factors that may affect home sales in your area. For example, if the stock market dips too low, luxury home investors might also hold back on making large purchases. Global economy can also affect the market’s performance, since many luxury property buyers are international.

Finding the right real estate agent

Whether it’s your first time to sell a home or you’ve done it before, it’s important to work with an experienced agent you can trust. A Realtor will help you navigate the market and get the highest profit for your proper,.

The qualities to look for in a real estate agent include:

  • In-depth local area knowledge
  • Up-to-date real estate market and industry expertise
  • Expertise in luxury/waterfront property transactions
  • Strong negotiation strategies and skills
  • A wide and reliable professional network
  • Transparency and integrity
  • Passion and determination to achieve results
  • Accessibility and responsiveness

Pricing your home correctly
Setting the right price for your property is crucial in any market It’s important to price your home correctly right from the start when buyers’ interest is at its highest.

Pricing a luxury home is tricky because no two properties are ever alike. Each home offers a unique experience that’s hard to put a value on. This makes the expertise of a real estate professional crucial. A Realtor who specializes in luxury properties and is knowledgeable on house prices in California will leverage their expertise and experience in helping you set the correct price for your home.

Getting your home ready to sell

  • Stage your home

The need for home staging is even more pronounced for luxury homes than any other property type. Features that make the home luxurious should be emphasized, along with unique and significant details that make it stand out from the rest.

  • Do the necessary repairs and improvements

Discriminating home buyers will want nothing less than top-of-the-line finishes and utmost comfort and convenience. Consider investing in home improvements that will make your property more attractive to high-end buyers, such as:

  • Smart home systems
  • Energy-efficient appliances and gadgets
  • In-home entertainment and fitness centers
  • Open floor plans
  • Outdoor living areas
  • Enhance your curb appeal

Create a great first impression and make sure your property is as appealing on the outside as on the inside. If needed, invest in landscaping improvements and in sprucing up your home’s exterior.

Marketing your property

Your Realtor will devise a marketing plan especially targeted to high-end home buyers. This entails highlighting not only your property’s most desirable and unique features but the lifestyle in your area, as well.

Essential marketing tools and techniques in selling your home include:

  • High quality photos and videos that will make your property stand out over other California real estate listings
  • Excellent descriptions with accurate and complete information
  • A strong online presence by listing on national and international real estate portals, exclusive luxury home websites, and social media
  • Advertising on relevant publications
  • Property announcements, brochures, mailer, and similar materials

If you want to keep the sale of your home under wraps, let your Realtor know so they can devise a selling strategy around this. They’ll help you connect with the right buyers through their widespread network and personal contacts.

Reviewing offers

Patience is key in selling a luxury property. Unlike in standard homes, there are fewer buyers in the luxury market so it often takes longer to sell a property. This is also on important factor to consider in reviewing offers – do not jump at the first decent offer that comes along unless you’re truly satisfied with it

Review every offer with your Realtor, and consider not only the bid price but contingencies and sweeteners, as well. An important factor to consider is how the buyer plans to pay for the purchase. Cash buyers are generally the most desirable, but if the buyer plans to take out a mortgage for the home, make sure they have pre-approval to ensure a lender has found their finances to be sound.

Related topics

For more tips on selling real estate in LA’s Palos Verdes Peninsula communities, read these useful blogs and updates:

  • California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences

    California continues to be an in-demand housing market despite being the second most expensive state in the US to live in. Prime real estate, career opportunities, amazing weather, and iconic attractions are just some of the reasons people come to the Golden State to set down roots. Add the fact that California is the 5th Largest economy in the world, larger than the UK

    You, as a seller,stand to benefit from rising house prices in California, which is close to triple the national average. However, don’t make the mistake of failing to prepare your home for a sale. Considering the asking price of homes in CA, buyers have become more discerning than ever. Expect them to compare home prices and features to get the best bargain posible during their California property search.

  • Tips on How to Sell Your Home Fast in California

    Moving on from the house you have called your home is an inevitable part of life. It could be that it no longer matches your lifestyle. Maybe it can no longer provide your needs. Perhaps you deserve an upgrade, or you find the house is now too big for you.

    No matter the reason, every person has his own motivation behind selling their home. But how do you know it’s the right time to do it? Click here to examine different scenarios and signs to help you decide if it is time to move on and list your home for sale.

  • The basics of California’s transfer disclosure statement
  • Learn everything you need to know about the transfer disclosure statement (TDS), a vital document in the buying and selling process. Under California law, sellers are obliged to present a TDS to buyers during the contract contingency period. When selling California real estate, making sure that the TDS is accurately filled out in order to prevent delays in the sale of the home and avoid legal claims down the road.

    This article covers the different sections of the TDS and in which capacity a real estate agent might be able to offer assistance. While the form is self-explanatory, sellers might not be able to interpret certain components of this multi-page document.

  • 10 home improvements that can boost the resale value of your home

    Even if you don’t have plans to sell your home just yet, it pays to undertake home improvements. You and your family will enjoy your dwelling better and your improvements will also serve to raise the value of your home. It‘s also useful to know which enhancements appeal the most to buyers.

    This article lists the interior and exterior upgrades that create the best impression among potential buyers and deliver the most bang for your buck. It also contains tips that will save you money, as well as home improvement ideas you may wish to take on.

    Read on and save this guide should you need a little inspiration for your next home project… or when you’re ready to sell your house.

Sell your home successfully with Stephen Haw

Close the best possible sale with Palos Verdes Peninsula’s most trusted luxury real estate specialist, Stephen Haw. Contact Stephen and his team of skilled professionals at 817.550.6886 or email today.