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A Seller's Guide to Seattle

Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy-to-follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.​​​​​​​


Step 1: Understand Why You're Selling

What do you want to accomplish with the sale of your home? Are you looking to expand into more space? Do you need to sell as soon as possible to facilitate a move to a new city or area? Once you understand your needs, you can better craft your offer. Make sure you convey these needs to your REALTOR® once you choose one so she can adjust your selling price accordingly.

Mara Haveson is a top producing REALTOR® and Broker in West Seattle. Averaging over 35 million in sales annually, Mara is truly invested in her home and career and is now considered a veteran with 100% of her business being referrals. She holds such titles as Master Negotiator, Managing Broker, ASP (Accredited Staging Professional), QSC (Quality Service Certified), and ABR Accredited Buyers Representative). With her expert team, you're in good hands.

Notable Sales

5617 Beach Drive SW, Seattle, WA 98136

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,620 Sq.Ft.
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5327 SW Manning Street, Seattle, WA 98116

  • 4 Beds
  • 2.75 Baths
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8437 41st Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136

  • 4 Beds
  • 3.25 Baths
  • 3,560 Sq.Ft.
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6009 47th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
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5923 46th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136

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  • 1.75 Baths
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7127 Beach Drive SW, Seattle, WA 98136

  • 3 Beds
  • 2.75 Baths
  • 1,700 Sq.Ft.

Step 2: Determine Selling Price

Knowing how to price your home is one of the most important parts of the selling process. When you set a competitive price in the beginning, you’ll get the most interest from other real estate agents and prospective buyers. Meet with the Mara Haveson Team to discuss your plans and goals, trends in the current marketplace, and assess your property's qualities and characteristics. We will analyze comparable property sales, assess the competition, work with you to determine pricing strategy, and outline a strategic plan to achieve the best possible results for you as a seller.

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Step 3: Setting the Stage

Once you price your home, it’s time to start getting it ready to be shown to potential buyers. From applying a fresh coat of paint to rearranging furniture, Mara will ensure that the property is visually ready for showing.

We will schedule a professional photo shoot, commission an illustrative floor plan, and prepare a listing description. At this time we will sit down and complete the Seller Disclosure documents that will be necessary for the transaction.


Step 4: Go Live with a Strategy

Mara will develop a marketing strategy that is perfect for advertising your home. The listing is broadcasted on and sent across our 100+ partner sites for the duration of the selling process.

Our Compass marketing team produces beautiful print collateral to strategically showcase your property. We develop and execute an intelligent, effective paid marketing plan in relevant publications. Eye-catching property signs are produced and placed outside your property.

Mara continuously leverages professional contacts and The Compass Network Tool to find ideal buyer brokers. Open houses are hosted bringing buyers face to face with your property on an ongoing basis.


Step 5: Communication

Mara will conduct an assessment of the market response within the first week of your listing going live. Feedback from agents and buyers is aggregated, and the listing strategy revised if needed.

Together, we will establish the best method and frequency of communicating as the process unfolds. Mara and her Team will provide you with regular feedback, keeping you updated with continuous traffic metrics and information from the market.


Step 6: Negotiations

Once we receive an offer, we will contact you to review the terms of the offer and analyze the pros and cons. Together we will decide how to respond to the buyer in one of several ways: by accepting the offer, rejecting the offer, or making a counter offer.

We will review the proposed contract to make sure it’s all in order and includes the necessary components such as deposit amount, down payment, financing, inspection rights and repair allowances, contingencies, settlement date, and a list of fees and who will pay them.


Step 7: Escrow

You have accepted an offer and are now very close to the end of your selling journey. Once a contract has been agreed to and signed by all parties, an escrow will be opened and the buyer's contingency period will begin. Timelines for the completion of buyer and seller responsibilities will be listed in the purchase contract and adhered to in the escrow. Our Team keeps a close eye on the timelines, ensuring you are in compliance with your responsibilities, while also holding the buyer's side to task to keep the process moving smoothly.


Step 8: Closing

You’ve reached the last step in the seller’s process. When you close on a home you are selling, you are legally transferring ownership of the property to the new buyer. Mara and her Team will monitor and coordinate all of the details necessary to get you to the finish line. Once the buyer has performed their inspections, removed their contingencies, and the loan (if any) is ready to fund, we will arrange the final walk-through. At or near this time, the escrow will close, payment will be made, and the keys will be handed over to the buyer.

During this time, you can also make plans with your REALTOR® to handle final details such as canceling utilities, cable, and lawn or trash services, changing the name on accounts that the new owner is retaining and ensuring the new owner has instructions for all appliances that will remain in the home.


Once you have sold your home, you’re free to take the next step on your journey. Whether this is relocating to a new city, moving into a larger home, or downsizing and enjoying your life as empty-nesters, knowing all your selling responsibilities have been taken care of will help you achieve peace of mind for your new path.

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I both sold and purchased a house with Mara in 2006. Mara went out of her way to make sure the process was fast and easy and that was great. She personally did some ...
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Mara was very knowledgeable with regards to both the market and the condition of some of the houses. Mara was able to point out current flaws and potential future fl...
Mara was above and beyond my expectations! She recently helped me and my father sell his West Seattle home. She thoroughly walked us through each part of the process...
We were privileged to have Mara as our agent when we bought our home and when we sold as well. Mara's knowledge of the Seattle real estate trends could not be more o...
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I can't tell you how happy we are that we used Mara to sell our West Seattle townhouse. She was incredibly easy to work with, very responsive, and knowledgeable abou...
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