When it comes to buying and selling your home there are millions of questions you start to ask yourself. Starting with the most important question of all, “Should I use a real estate agent?” The answer is yes!
There are many benefits of using a real estate agent rather than trying to do the work all on your own. Realtors are here to not only hold your hand throughout the whole process but also make sure you are getting exactly what you want/need out of your home.
Benefits of using a realtor to sell:
Deciding to sell your house is a huge step and is a lot more work than just telling yourself it’s time to sell it. Make sure your home is ready to sell. There is a method to the madness, and it is important to correctly get your house on the market so that it does not just sit there. Real estate agents have experience in this field and are here to help with the stuff you may not know, or guide you through the next steps.
Setting a reasonable price for your home
Realtors are experts when it comes to knowing exactly how much the asking price for your home should be. Most realtors can walk into a home and know the correct price range that you should be asking a buyer for.
Realtors also know how much houses around yours are selling for. They know to factor things like school district into the price, as well as other things that you might not think to consider when deciding on your asking price.
According to The Balance, a 2017 study indicated that FSBOs fetched about 30% less for their owners than agent-listed properties.
Access to professionals
Again, there are many stages and steps in selling your house. Unexpected conflicts come up and you will ultimately need access to professionals to fix problems you never knew were there. Or if you end up needing to stage your house, knowing the right people or company to use can be stressful and agonizing. When working with a realtor you no longer have to stress.
Real estate agents are in constant communication with companies and people who are trained in the area that you need help with. They are well connected. Whether that be a landscaper or just someone who knows how to fix a small problem on a moments notice, they have the right connections for you to use.
Marketing your house
Getting the word out that your house is for sale is a lot more than just a sign in your yard. Depending on how quickly you are needing to sell your house or what audience you are trying to reach, realtors have many tools at the ready just to help you. From pamphlets, flyers or anything in between, real estate agents understand what will make your home look its best and will do what they can to get the most people to view your home.
Open houses are no big deal when you’re working with a real estate agent. It is their specialty to host open houses and tours and they know the perfect marketing techniques to get the most people to them. Trust a realtor as they are the experts in this field.
Another challenge is trying to put a listing on a website that requires a real estate license. Working with a Realtor allows for your home to get more traction on a larger scale via all the right channels.
Finding problems you would not see
Real estate agents know what buyers are looking for as well as what are deal breakers for a potential buyer. Hiring a Realtor saves you from losing money on repairs and other things that a buyer would not be happy with.
Realtors are also known for being expert negotiators, which means if something is wrong with your house or a buyer has an issue, using a Realtor will allow them to take care of these issues on your behalf, while still getting you the price you are after.
All the paperwork is done for you
At the end of the selling process you are exhausted and ready to be done with it all but, the hard work has just begun. It is now time for the dreaded paperwork that goes along with selling a house.
Realtors can save time and money for people, especially those who are not as well versed in what needs to be written in every document. Why not have a professional who does this for a living take the stress off of you and draft the document with all necessities in the contract.
Selling a house is never easy. It can be rewarding and exciting, yet exhausting and scary. Hiring a real estate agent allows you to trust an expert and know you are getting the best value from your home. Once you have decided to hire a real estate agent it is important to grow a trusting relationship with them. It is crucial to look for the right qualities to make sure your real estate agent has the same vision as you.