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Real Estate – Sellers

For Seller

Preparing to Sell Your Property


A Real Estate Agent does more than just set Appointments to Show your house!

Once you decide to list your house with The Vineyard Life, our team of professional Brokers will begin the process to sell your property. We don’t just put some information on MLS and wait for people to call us. We have a well thought out plan from sales planning, marketing and transaction negotiation. If you would like to talk with one of our agents about our sales process, contact us.

Selling your Vineyard home can be an emotional decision. That’s why it’s important to have a skillful consultant to help guide you throughout the entire selling process. We utilize a comprehensive mix of traditional real estate print advertising with an aggressive online and social media presence to accomplish your real estate goals.

Our agents have strong ties to the Martha’s Vineyard. We have grown up vacationing here; we have run businesses; we have sent our children through the schools; and we have made the Island our home.

It’s important to have a skillful consultant to help guide you throughout the entire selling process.

The Vineyard Life offers property sellers the benefit of decades of island real estate experience, together with the utmost in professionalism, confidentiality and trust. With our longtime knowledge of the Vineyard’s real estate market and up-to-date information on current financial trends, we are committed to helping you successfully present your home for sale and finding a qualified buyer.


What is a Seller’s Agent?

An individual or couple can engage the services of a real estate agent (or agency) to sell their property. Upon signature of a Listing Agent Agreement, the real estate agent is now the agent for the seller(s), and the seller(s) are now the agent’s client.

This means that the real estate agent represents the seller’s interest and not the buyer’s. The agent now owes the seller undivided loyalty, reasonable care, disclosure, obedience to lawful instruction, confidentiality and accountability. The agent must put the seller’s interests first and negotiate for the best price and terms for their client, the seller(s).


Why Should I List with The Vineyard Life


The first step to marketing your property is an extensive education process for our agents to learn about your property. Equally important to TVL is to find out your goals and reason why you are looking to sell. Through these two steps, our agents will be able to better able to develop a personalized marketing plan for your property.

Our agents will visit your property; provide advice to make the house show better; schedule and manage a professional photo shoot; do research to make sure there are not any hidden defects with the property title; and produce a comparative market analysis to determine what properties are being listed at in your neighborhood.

Our goal during this process is to come up with a listing price that you are comfortable with and we are confident that it will sell. Our agents will not increase the listing price just to make you feel better. We will provide a price that will garner interest and get offers. It doesn’t help anyone if our listings just stay on the market because the price is too high.

The success of our results based sales program is derived from a combination of knowledge of our seller’s property, our professional presentation and showings, and our extensive market campaign. We advertise locally, regionally and nationally incorporating many forms of media from traditional print ads, continuous social media campaigns and our strategic web-based programs.


Integrity & Professionalism – REALTOR® Code of Ethics

Our Brokers are Realtors
We are Realtors®. All of our staff are Brokers and members of the National Association of Realtor. It’s the extra training necessary to achieve the Broker status that shows our commitment to the real estate industry that benefits our clients.

As Realtors®, we are required to follow a strict Code of Ethics laid out by the National Association of Realtors that non-Realtor® aren’t required to follow. Only about 1/3 of the on-island agents are designated as Realtors®.


Transaction Overview – Checklist for Sellers

A Real Estate Agent does more than just showing houses!

A Real Estate Agent is a licensed professional who works closely with their Client/Customers to sell a property. While on the surface this may appear to be a routine task, there are many behind-the-scenes activities that agents provide buyers information that protects and makes the purchase process easier. The better the agent, the smoother the transaction appears to the buyer.

Agents begin the sales process by helping their clients identify property amenities, locations and budgets. Often these change throughout the transaction process, but that is also part of the skill necessary to keep a search moving smoothly. A talented Real Estate agent recognizes a potential issue before the buyer and usually can adjust things before they become major problems.  <More>