A Seller's Guide to Home Sale Documentation

Jeff Lang May 25, 2023

Are you looking to sell a home? At times, it may seem like you are adrift on an endless sea of paperwork. So many documents are required during the sale of a home that it can be confusing and worrisome. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, which is why I’ve put together this brief primer to help you navigate the process. This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the documents you might need during a sale, but it should help you get the ball rolling.
1. Pre-listing paperwork. This is possibly the most paperwork-intensive portion of the process. Put simply, this is when you need to gather all of the documentation for your ownership of the property and any changes you’ve made. This might include things like the title or deed, receipts and other documents for recent improvements, warranties and other information regarding your appliances, and any records relating to an HOA or other agreements. The disclosures and documentation required by a seller can vary widely depending on your specific situation and location, so be sure to connect with a trusted, local real estate agent like me to help you with gathering these documents.
“The right agent can help you identify, find, generate, or apply for all of the necessary documents.”
2. Listing paperwork. This one is a lot easier for the homeowner. This will include things like a title check, disclosure paperwork, and a listing agreement. Much of this paperwork should have been gathered before listing, and some of it will be the responsibility of your real estate agent. Be sure to work closely with your agent to make sure that you have all of the necessary documents.
3. The offer and closing paperwork. This is another step in the process that is heavy on documentation. Much of it will be included in the prior steps, but you’ll also need new things like the purchase offer, appraisals, and inspections. You’ll already have some of this paperwork, you’ll receive some of it during the selling process, and other parts will be generated by your real estate agent and the mortgage companies. The most important things you’ll want to have on hand during this process are your identification and the deed to the home.
As I said before, this is not a complete list of the paperwork you’ll need. Plus, your specific city, county, and state might have different requirements. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that this is why you need a trusted, local real estate agent like me on your side. We’re experts in the buying and selling process, and we can help you identify, find, generate, or apply for all of the necessary documents that you will need for your specific sale.
If you’re getting ready to sail the sea of paperwork required for a successful home sale, reach out to me. Call or email me anytime, as I am ready and waiting to help you with all of your real estate needs.

Jeff Lang

Jeff Lang


About The Author

Jeff Lang's career in real estate is a testament to his strategic, growth-oriented mindset and his dedication to helping clients navigate the unique landscapes of San Mateo County. With his focus on areas from Burlingame to San Carlos and Pacifica since 2011, Jeff has become an invaluable asset to those seeking the perfect balance of urban and suburban life. His appreciation for the county's temperate weather and easy access to a plethora of outdoor activities resonates deeply with his clientele, who seek both the vibrancy of urban living and the tranquility of suburban spaces.

Beginning his journey in commercial real estate in San Francisco in 1997 and later transitioning to residential real estate in La Jolla, Jeff has honed a deep understanding of the industry. Known for his professional, caring, and patient approach, he brings a results-oriented and responsive attitude to every transaction. Jeff's unique strength lies in his ability to outperform competitors by leveraging his extensive experience and education.

Jeff leverages his education having received his JD and an MBA, alongside numerous real estate certifications including Master Certified Negotiations Expert and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, enabling him to devise winning strategies for each transaction. His approach not only ensures success but also puts his clients at ease, earning their trust and loyalty.

Outside of real estate, Jeff's life is as dynamic and multifaceted as his professional pursuits. His hobbies range from trail running and hiking with his dog to playing golf, tennis, and pickleball, and he's an enthusiastic Peloton user. A proud graduate of law school at the age of 42 and an Ironman triathlon finisher, Jeff's achievements speak to his determination and commitment. These qualities, combined with his professional expertise, make him an exceptional choice for buyers, sellers, and investors—especially in the $2m+ range—who are looking for more than just a transaction but a partnership with a seasoned expert who will turn them into raving fans.

In his over two decades in real estate, Jeff is most proud of partnering with his clients to build the life of their dreams. It helps that Jeff is a negotiations shark, having competed nationally as president of the negotiations team in law school and as a Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE). His MBA and JD also give him and his clients a competitive advantage in every transaction, leading to his listings selling for 4.8% more than the average San Mateo County agent and offers getting accepted 6x more frequently.

If you are looking for an agent who will take on your goal as their own and be relentless in their pursuit of achieving that goal, then you want Jeff as your partner. He’s completed five marathons, including one in Antarctica, and dozens of triathlons, including an Ironman. His passion for taking on a challenge and grinding away to craft creative solutions is unparalleled. Jeff has a natural talent for putting things in perspective, keeping your eye on the prize, and clarifying the strategy to provide opportunities for success in your transaction.

A few of Jeff’s other certifications include NAR’s ePro for advanced digital marketing and NAR’s Green Designations for sustainability in real estate, Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification, Keller Williams’ BOLD program, and Tony Robbins’ Mastery University. He is also a member of the Institute for Luxury Marketing. These help him and his clients outpace the competition by selling at a higher price and getting offers accepted more often. This track record and partnership continue to provide repeat and referral business, the basis for his growing business.

Reach out to Jeff for a free consultation to discuss your real estate goals. He would be happy to make your goals his and utilize his extensive experience to make it happen.


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