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10 things you should know when selling your Miami condo without a Realtor (For Sale by Owner)

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

Are you looking to sell your condo in Miami without hiring a real estate agent? If so, you'll want to read this article about selling a condo in Miami without an agent (For Sale By Owner). I'll cover topics like determining the value of your home, pricing it right, understanding the market, marketing and contracts.


In this article:

  1. Determining the value of your condo

  2. Understanding the market

  3. Pricing your condo

  4. Prepping the condo for sale

  5. Taking photos

  6. Listing your condo

  7. Be open to working with a buyers agent

  8. Receiving an offer

  9. Going under contract

  10. Closing on your condo

1. Determining the value of your condo

When you're trying to determine the value of your condo, it's essential to look at various factors. Here are some things to consider:

  • The location of your condo

  • The condition of your condo

  • The size of your condo

  • The amenities in your condo building

  • How much are similar condos are selling for in the building


2. Understanding the market

It's essential to understand the market for selling a condo in Miami. The demand for condos can vary depending on the location, age of the condo building, and other factors. It's essential to price your condo correctly and be aware of what similar properties are selling for in your neighborhood. You'll also want to be familiar with the current market conditions.


3. Pricing your condo

You will need to research the appropriate pricing for your condo. One way to ensure that you are pricing it right is to look at what other condos in the building have sold for specifically in your line. For example, if your unit is in line 2107, look at sales in the past 3-6 months, units that end with 07 in your building. If there aren't many sales in your like, look at other condo sales in the building and even in different similar buildings.


You could also consult with an appraiser to evaluate the home's value accurately. Having an appraisal done before listing will give you an idea of what the condo will appraise for if you have a buyer financing the purchase.

Also, consider how much market exposure you want in open houses, showings, and other activities when determining the price. If you price it under market, you may get many showing requests, and if you price your listing too high, you may not get many, if any, requests from prospective buyers.


Many for sale by owners make the mistake of pricing their property too high, which causes the listing to get stale as it sits on the market. The most traffic will come in the first couple of weeks, and you do not want to miss this opportunity to get offers. Buyers are aware of days on the market, and after a month or so on the market, a potential buyer will begin to wonder what's wrong with the condo.


4. Prepping the condo for sale

After determining the price for your condo, it's time to start prepping it for sale. You'll want to make sure that it is clean and good condition. You may even want to renovate the condo to get top dollar. It's also important to stage it in a way that will make it appealing to potential buyers. You should remove personal items, clutter, and excess furniture. Ensure repairs are done and that the home is in good condition.

Pro tips:

  • Ensure you do not have any expired or open permits on any work you've completed on the unit.

  • Have an inspection done on the condo.

  • Reach out to the association to gather condo documents and applications and check if any special assessments are coming up. Special assessments should be brought to the potential buyer's attention up front.


5. Taking photos

It's also essential to get professional photographs of your condo for sale. You'll want to set up the shots in a way that will be appealing to potential buyers. You should take photos that show off all of your home's best features, and you should do so without any clutter or personal items in the background.


If you opt not to hire a professional, your smartphone should be more than capable of taking good photos. YouTube videos will show you how to take great pictures of your property.


I recommend that you have a 3D tour and a video walkthrough is done. According to Zillow, listings with 3D tours get more attention than those that don't and sell faster. Zillow also offers a free 3D tour creation tool, and all you need is your smartphone!


6. Listing your condo

When you're ready to list your condo for sale, you'll want to ensure that you have your paperwork in order. This includes a copy of the deed, proof of insurance, receipts of any recent repairs or renovations, condo documents, and more.

You'll also need to have your condo association's bylaws and rules handy. You may also want to provide potential buyers with a copy of the condo association's monthly budget and financial statements.


You can list your Miami condo on websites like Zillow for free and manage incoming leads. Be sure to enter all of the property's details and be honest about everything. When you receive leads, do your best to respond as quickly as possible, you don't want to miss out on a potential buyer.


7. Be open to compensating a buyers' agent

When listing your property with a real estate agent, they are obligated by the MLS to split their commission with a buyer's agent. Most buyers in Miami will have a real estate agent, and agents that have buyers may help you get your condo sold faster.


It's a good idea to have an amount to compensate a buyer's agent. Since you're not hiring an agent yourself, you don't have to worry about paying the standard 5% to 6% commission. Still, it would help if you considered paying the buyer agent half of what you would pay a listing agent. And if that's not something you're willing to do, determine a percentage you would offer or even a flat rate.


8. Receiving an offer

When you receive an offer on your condo, you must review it carefully. You may accept the offer; otherwise, you can send a counteroffer to the buyer or decline.

I highly recommend hiring a real estate lawyer to review the contract since you're not hiring an agent. A real estate agent isn't a lawyer and should never act as one, but we can guide you and answer most questions about what's in a contract.


9. Going under contract

After you accept and sign the purchase and sale agreement, you and the buyer are contractually obligated to carry out specific duties laid out in the contract. You may also have to provide documents and disclosures about the condo, such as a condo rider and seller disclosure. For condo buildings built before 1978, sellers must provide buyers with a lead paint disclosure.

The buyer will need to go through the same process you went through when purchasing the condo. They will need to make an escrow deposit, submit an application to the association, submit a mortgage application if financing, and more.

You're also not allowed to sell your condo before closing. This includes finding another buyer who offers more money than the asking price or who has better terms. The contract protects buyers from sellers who might want to back out of a deal to find a better deal elsewhere.


Pro tip: Make a note of all deadlines. Typical essential deadlines are, but are not limited to:

  • Escrow confirmation

  • Condo association application

  • Loan application

  • Inspection period

  • Appraisal

  • Loan approval

  • Time for the seller to provide documents to the buyer


10. Closing on the sale of your condo

After the buyer has been approved by the association and has been clear to close by the lender, the buyer will have the opportunity to do a final walkthrough.


At the final walkthrough, the buyer will ensure that the condo is in the same condition as when they visited it last and or a contract. Suppose any work was agreed upon between you and the buyer and completed. In that case, the buyer may also have the work inspected. It's important to ensure that the condo is in the same condition, with all items remaining in the unit that was agreed upon in the contract. Make sure you keep the electricity on until the closing day to ensure the buyer can inspect the unit.

The buyer and yourself will need to sign the final documents to close the deal at the closing table. The closing agent will ensure that the mortgage has been paid if there's a mortgage on the property and wire or provide you a check for your proceeds. The buyer will receive the key to their new condo.


Pro tip: Be sure that the electric has been closed out, and be sure to have your address updated with USPS if you have been receiving mail at that address.


Conclusion

When selling your condo in Miami, several things should be considered. In this blog post, we've covered topics like determining the value of your home, pricing it right, and understanding the market.


I hope this article has been helpful as you look to take steps towards selling your property! If not, or if all of this sounds too complicated and you would like to explore listing with an agent, you can contact me for a no-obligation digital listing consultation and receive a price recommendation.

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