Homeowners attempting to sell their home without the assistance of a real estate professional generally do so for one and one reason only. It’s to avoid paying a commission fee. Is it worth it? Only the homeowner can answer that, but experience has shown that many for-sale-by-owners find that it’s not. Before making a costly mistake, consider the benefits, from A to Z, you receive from working with a trained real estate professional:
Advertising-The agent pays all advertising costs.
Bargain-Research shows that 77% of sellers felt their commission was “well spent”.
Contract Writing-An agent can supply standard forms to speed the transactions
Details-An agent frees you from handling the many details of selling a home.
Experience and Expertise – marketing, financing, negotiations, and more.
Financial know-how-An agent is aware of the many options for financing the sale.
Glossary-A real estate professional understands, and can explain, real estate lingo.
Homework-An agent will do homework on how to best market your property.
Information-If you have a real estate question, an agent will know (or can get) the answer.
Juggle Showings-An agent will schedule and handle all showings.
Keeps Your Rest Interests in Mind-It’s an agent’s job.
Laws-A real estate professional will be up-to-date on real estate laws that affect you.
Multiple listing service, the most effective means of bringing together buyers and sellers.
Negotiation-An agent can handle all price and contract negotiations.
Open Houses-A popular marketing technique.
Prospects-An agent has a network of contacts that can produce potential buyers.
Qualifies Buyers-Avoids opening your home to “curiosity seekers.'”
Real Estate licensee-has the necessary education and experience to represent you
Suggested Price-An agent will do a market analysis to establish a fair price range.
Time-One of the most valuable resources in an agent!
Unbiased Opinion-Most owners are too emotional about their home to be objective.
VIP-That’s how you’ll be treated by your agent!
Wisdom-A knowledgeable agent can offer the wisdom that comes with experience.
X Marks the Spot-An agent is right there with you through the initial signing of papers.
Yard Siqns-An agent provides a professional sign, encouraging serious buyers.
Zero hour Support-Selling a home can be an emotional experience. An agent can help!