The Internet has allowed us to virtually do everything ourselves. Videos, blogs and forums can teach you how to repair your car at home, build a deck in your home, or even sell your home. Using the “for sale by owner” (FSBO) method, you can literally save thousands of dollars when you sell your home, as there are no commissions to pay to a real estate professional.
But is it worth it? Do you really think that you can do better than a professional who has undergone months of training on buying and selling homes and written extensive exams on the subject? Notwithstanding the experience and the training, a realtor’s job is to do just that – guide you through the process of buying or selling your home.
So why would you engage a realtor to sell your home?
- A realtor takes the emotion out of the transaction
Selling your home may be the largest single transaction you will ever engage in your entire life. You may take some remarks made buy a potential buyer as abusive and reject a promising deal, or give up too easily to meet a deadline.
A realtor is trained to stay focused on the sale and will not be affected by pressure or emotion. An experienced realtor will be able to guide you through the whole process working with your interest in mind and give you stability in your decision making process.
- A realtor is trained in negotiation
Realtors get trained to become professional negotiators and will fight for your interests. As previously mentioned, they will work to keep emotions out of the deal. A realtor will look objectively at the deal and help craft an agreement that works with your interests in mind.
- A realtor will get you the best price for your property
A real estate agent has access to up-to-date information on what is happening in your local marketplace. You will get access and advice on the price, terms and conditions of competing properties. While anyone can get access to certain real estate information on the Internet with sites such as Zillow, a realtor has access to a depth of listings that is not available to FSBO’s.
- Real estate agents have a wide network of potential buyers
Yes, you can list your home on Zillow, Craigslist, and other on line portals, and you may have a large personal and professional network, but it is a small pool of potential buyers to whom you can sell your home. A realtor on the other hand, has a vast network available, which would reduce the time your property is on the market and get you a better price.
- You will have access to superior marketing tools
Realtors have state of the art software and access to professional resources that would considerably ease the process of selling your home. Your home can be staged beautifully using software that would be difficult to do if you were to do it yourself. Using the FSBO method, you would have to pay a lot of extra money to get the same type of marketing exposure a realtor can give your home.
- Your home is secure
When a realtor markets your home, you do not have to worry about strangers entering your home. Agents normally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects throughout your home. If you were selling privately, anyone off the street could potentially walk into your home.
- COVID measures are taken seriously
With the COVID pandemic, realtors have a very strict, well thought out protocol to adhere to when dealing with clients’ homes. The level of sanitation and cleaning is very strict and comprehensive.
- A realtor will take care of the paperwork.
There is a lot of paperwork and procedure involved in the sale of a home. A realtor has been professionally trained to handle the sale process, every step of the way. This means that the entire sales process: administration, open house bookings, paper work and more is handled by the realtor, taking the stress off you the seller.
If you are planning to list your home, then you should contact us. We have been in the real estate business for over 30 years and our real estate professionals have a wealth of experience when it comes to listing and selling your home