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Why choose to sell with Harcourts?

We know that real estate clients want to deal with consultants that have knowledge, expertise, honesty and integrity, and are committed to achieving the best possible result for them.

Above all they want to deal with real people - that's why we put absolute focus on creating a relationship of trust and respect with all our clients. We've found that this philosophy is great for achieving personal satisfaction, high morale and continued success.


What we do.

Harcourts Ashburton offer a full range of real estate services. We specialise in residential, lifestyle, rural and commercial property sales alongside our property management services.


We are your Locals.

Our team are local people, with local knowledge and local connections. We cover the whole Mid Canterbury area from the Rangitata River to the Rakaia River, from the mountains to the sea. 


Looking forward, not back.

Whilst the proud legacy of Harcourts goes way back to 1888, our total focus is firmly on the future. We are constantly asking how we can improve our systems; how we can offer our clients even higher levels of personal and professional service, and how we can train and equip our people to achieve the best possible results for their clients. 


It's all about people.

Successfully buying and selling real estate is mostly about fulfilling people's needs and aspirations. That's why Harcourts people not only receive in-depth professional training (the benchmark for the industry) but are also committed to building meaningful and genuine personal relationships with their clients. And the huge volume of referrals and repeat business generated is proof that this works to everyone's satisfaction.

You can't beat the system.

Because Harcourts has invested in the development of cutting edge systems, property consultants have the full range of marketing, research and technological tools available to them at all times. Working within a tightly-knit and highly-motivated team environment, the business, customer support and online services which they can draw upon are very impressive.

The Selling Process.

Selling your home can be a stressful process, after all there’s a lot to consider. We want to make sure that you’re well informed of the selling process and know what to expect every step of the way. 


Step 1. Choosing a sales consultant 

When it comes to selling your home, one of your most valuable assets, it makes sense to take the time to choose a qualified and knowledgeable sales consultant who has the right tools and strategies at their disposal. 

When speaking with a sales consultant don’t be afraid to ask questions to make sure you trust your consultant and to make sure you’re confident they have the experience to sell your home quickly and for the best price.  

Some of the important things to consider are: 

  • Is your salesperson qualified? 
  • Is your salesperson experienced? 
  • Is your salesperson focused on you? 
  • Is your salesperson able to achieve the right result? 

To find out more on how to choose your sales consultant, see our article on How to Choose a Sales Consultant. To find out what sets Harcourts sales consultants apart, visit Our Promise page


Step 2. Preparing your home for sale 

When preparing your home for sale, what are some of the top tips for attracting more potential buyers and higher offers? 

  • De-clutter. The first tip is the simplest. It’s obviously a must to clean and tidy your home before an inspection, but it’s crucial to also get rid of clutter that could stand in the way of a potential buyer picturing themselves within the home. 
  • Repair. Make any aesthetic repairs well before inspection. Things as small as a chip in paint in an interior wall could detract from the overall feel for the home, so get these things up-to-date before your open home. 
  • Style. Once clutter free, consider using a home stylist or home staging service. The results can be dramatic. 
  • Photograph. Before even getting to your first home inspection, consider using a professional photographer to take quality, well-lit pictures of your home. After going to the trouble of updating, de-cluttering and staging your property, the last thing you want to do is turn people away before they’ve even inspected your home.

Step 3. Pricing your home for sale 

The most difficult task for most sellers is determining the value of their home. Many different elements can combine to create unrealistic expectations. The best method is to study the current real estate market facts and figures. Your Harcourts sales consultant will show you comparisons of other similar homes in your area - those which have sold, those which have yet to sell and those which will represent your competition. Quite simply, the current property market determines the value of your home.  


Step 4. Choosing a method of sale 

There are typically four methods of sale that you can choose to sell your home. These are: 

  • Exclusive listing 
  • Auction 
  • Tender 
  • General open listing

 Step 5. Accepting an offer 

Once you have chosen your method of sale, and gone through the marketing process with your sales consultant, the next step may be to consider an offer from a potential buyer. 

At Harcourts, our commitment to you is to bring you each offer formally in writing. We will do this by providing interested buyers with a contract, and will give both you and the potential buyer the opportunity to add conditions when negotiating the sale of your property. 

Common conditions of sale are - subject to: 

  • Finance 
  • A builder’s report 
  • Sale of another property 
  • Solicitor’s approval of the contract  
  • Specialist inspection or approval 

Once an offer has been accepted and all parties have signed the contract, the purchaser will be asked to pay a deposit. This usually equates to 10% of the purchase price. 


Step 6. Completing the sale 

Settlement generally takes place between you and the purchaser and your legal/financial representatives. As the seller, you would have set the settlement date within the contract of sale. Settlement usually occurs 30-90 days after the contract has been signed, depending on what has been agreed upon. 

Possession of the property usually takes place on the settlement day although you and the buyer can agree for these dates to be different.