Are you thinking of selling your home? If the answer is yes, then you may require the services of a trained and licensed real estate agent to help you sell your home. Although it’s natural to always want to maximize on profit, selling your home yourself may seem like the easiest way to go. But the few dollars you may save on commissions cannot be compared to the tedious process and even great price a real estate agent can offer. According to statistics, a home that’s listed on the market “for sale by owner”(FSBO) takes longer and often sales for less when compared to another listed for sale by a real estate agent.
Here are some reasons you should think about hiring a real estate agent to help you sell your home.
Selling your home is serious business. The sale process comes in three different phases: the initial offer, the counteroffer and the post offer period. These phases include property inspections and signing of contracts. This whole process of negotiating with buyers can be stressful especially if you have some emotional attachment to your home. Look for a real estate agent who is highly skilled and a great negotiator so that you get the best deal.
A majority of buyers of your home will be represented by a real estate agent of their own. If you are selling your home on your own, most agents may shy off and will prefer dealing with another real estate professional.
Marketing and Advertising
Before you can even get to price negotiations, you should first be able to attract potential buyers for your property. This is one area where using the services of a real estate agent come in handy. A real estate agent will make use of his professional network with former clients and other agents to market your house. They will make use of online marketing, internet marketing, flyers, signs and newspaper advertisements to present your home to the world. In most cases, if your real estate agent is highly experienced, they will be able to match up a buyer with a seller.
A trained real estate professional is able to use his skills, knowledge and experience to help you sell your home at the best market rates. He is able to know the correct pricing of your home. When selling it on your own, you are either likely to overprice it or under price it. By hiring a real estate agent, you will ensure you don’t make any mistakes when pricing your home.
Fast and smooth sale process
A qualified and experienced real estate agent has the experience of working through the entire paperwork involved when selling a home and you don’t have to worry about having your schedule interrupted. He/she deals directly with the buyers complains, keeps everything on track and facilitates escrow until the deal is finally closed efficiently.
Since real estate agents have different levels of experience, qualification and levels of expertise, it’s always a great ideal to weigh your options before you make the final decision.