Just making the decision to sell your home is a big one. From figuring out the best price your home should be listed at, to getting to the closing table with ease, you should use a Realtor to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible.
What should my house sell for?
From the moment you decide to move the first thought becomes "How much should I list it for?" Take advantage of a Realtor's resources! We have up to the minute market reports, statistics, and professional knowledge that you can rely on to sell your home quickly and get you the most for your home. There are more factors than most people realize that make a home sell....you should use a professional to ensure your home is priced properly.
Marketing Your Home
After you meet with a Realtor and decide to sell your home, marketing becomes key. A Realtor's ability to market is vast (if you use the right one). No longer are signs in the streets or newspaper ads used. Your home will go into the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) website which contain the photos, videos, and information about your home. It is very important your home looks its best. A Realtor also offers advice on other things to consider before taking the photos and video of your home (for example staging, painting, etc). A good agent will know how to advertise and market your home. Interesting to note, the National Association of Realtors studies show that 82% of real estate sales are due to the agent's contacts from former clients, referrals, friends, family and personal contacts. That being said, a realtor who does more than use the MLS is valuable when marketing your home.
Having strangers walk through your home while you are there...can make anyone nervous for multiple reasons. Potential buyer(s) viewing your home while only you are there can be unsafe let alone bothersome...and let's face it in this day and age one can never be too careful. A Realtor can screen buyers (and a buyer's agent is accompanying them), so that safety issue is resolved.
Negotiating to Closing
Your Realtor can help you understand and monitor all of the aspects of this process from the buyer’s offer(s) to the appraisals, inspections etc, even answering financing questions about the transaction to save you money. There is a lot of paperwork involved from start to finish in a sale and purchase agreement and it is overwhelming. A Realtor is there every step to make sure you are in a secure, legal, and binding contract that gets you to the closing table.
Security in Using a Realtor
All real estate licensees are not the same. You may be reading this and wondered why the "R" in "Realtor" was capitalized. Only real estate agents who are members of the National Association of Realtors are called Realtors. Realtors adhere to a strict code of ethics and are expected have a higher level of knowledge of real estate and are bound to treat all parties of a transaction honestly.
Lastly, your home is most likely your largest financial investment. It doesn't matter what your home is worth....it is in everyone's best interest to sell your home for the most amount of money in the least amount of time. Selling a home takes a lot of time and attention to detail. Would you be able to take what could be up to say 80 hours or 2 weeks of vacation time to sell yourself?
Selling a home takes a lot of time and attention to detail. Why take time away from your family, give up time from work, and spend vacation time when a professional can do it for you? Studies show a real estate agent can get you upwards of 11% or more profit vs selling on your own. With all of the expertise a Realtor can provide, you will have peace of mind knowing we have your best interest and will act as your fiduciary from start to finish.