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Why Use a Real Estate Agent to Sell your Home

7 July 2015 4 Comments

canstockphoto18114731If you want to put your home on the market but are wondering if you should put it up “for sale by owner” or hire a real estate agent, then you should keep reading.

Advertising and Marketing

When you put your home on the market, if you do this alone, you do not have many options when it comes to advertising. You can place a sign in your yard, put up signs around and place ads in the newspaper. You can even go online and place ads in online newspapers; but that is about as far as you can go.

If you use a local real estate agent, they have all kinds of resources including the multi listing database that they can place your home in so it will be seen not only by potential buyers but also real estate agents all over the world that have clients looking for homes.

Paperwork

If you go it alone, you will have to know the process of selling your home. You will need to file all the correct paperwork, know how to get your home inspected, negotiate with potential buyers, and learn the closing process. One thing to check out is transferring property with grant deed. It can be an effective and assuring transfer from a seller to a buyer.

With a real estate agent, you will only have to sign the paperwork. No legwork, no contacting inspectors, and no need to learn anything about the closing process. Your real estate agent will do all the paperwork and negotiate with potential buyers on your behalf.

Showing your Home

This may sound easy, but it is far from the truth. You will need to be ready to show your home to potential buyers. You will have to allow them to walk through or you can give them a tour. It may strange, but most buyers actually prefer to walk through a home when the homeowner is not at home. This way they feel free to make comments to one another without hurting feelings. They may like the home, but think the closets are too small. In order to tell their spouse this fact, they may  not feel at ease if you are present. Along with this they may love your home, but do not want to look eager as they will be afraid you will not negotiate.

With a real estate agent, the potential buyers will receive a tour of the home with the Realtor providing his or her commentary that will help sell your home.

Advice

The main reason to hire a local real estate agent is they know the market. They will be able to give you a ball park figure on what to ask for your home according to others in the area that are similar to yours that have sold recently. They will also be able to give you advice on things you can do to help sell your home quickly such as having the carpet cleaned or cleaning the gutters. To learn more about the benefits of using a real estate agent, visit Red real estate.

4 Comments »

  • Ambassador said:

    I doubt there is still people who deal with the advertisement of their house or apartment by themselves, it is a time consuming job which requires knowledge. Most people would rather hire a real estate agent to take care of their property and deal with the hassle which is often related to selling a house. Agents know their job, the market, the channels to use for advertising and so on.

  • bcn advisors said:

    I agree, is much easier and safer to sell through a real estate agency (or agent) for these thinks.

  • shineskin said:

    With No Real Estate Agents to sell the house is very helpful because it is very difficult to sell a house especially in the home position does not quite fit the position of the home situation

  • Izel said:

    Really great post. This answered the majority of my questions. When I read this I actually opened up a word document and started taking notes haha.