Why you should use a realtor.
There are many services today touting how easy it is
to sell your home yourself. There's no hassle and the second person that
looks at your property will buy it without any problems according to such services.
Howerver, there is a lot more to consider. There is a reason why realtors exist and
why they are the best route to take when selling your home. Many consumers know
you are not paying a sellers fee if you are selling it yourself
and they will ask you take the selling commission off before negotiating.
It's more than just putting a sign in your front yard.
Even if a simple sign in your yard did produce a buyer knocking
on your door, how will you handle the following questions:
- "How does your home compare to others like it in in this area?"
- "How did you determine the fair market value of this
- "What about financing? Can you help?"
- "If I make an offer, who will draw up the paperwork?"
- "Why aren't you using a REALTOR®? Is there something wrong with
- "Since you aren't using a REALTOR®, we can take their fee right
off the top, right?"
Selling your home is one of the most important financial
transactions you will make in your life. Don't take risks. Selling your home is
nothing like selling a car. Every home is different, and every homebuyer wants
to offer you as little as possible. How do you determine the real market
Almost all homes are sold using a REALTOR®. As top real estate
professionals, it is our job to help you negotiate with all those buyers who
want something for nothing. Not to mention preparing your home for sale,
marketing it locally and nationally, and guiding you through the complex paperwork
and pitfalls of escrow and closing. Make sure you are really ready to handle all of
that before pounding that sign into your front yard. Errors can be extremely
Remember: Buyers want to offer you as close to nothing as
possible! While that "For Sale By Owner" sign might sound like a good idea, it
usually means a different thing to buyers: "Try to steal this one."
If you must sell your own home, at least let a realtor give you a
sense of its true market value. Tell them a bit about your home, and they can do a
quick Comparative Market Analysis and let you know what they feel it is worth.
Don't price your home by yourself! It's a realtors job to analyze the market
and determine the true value of your property and it's FREE and without obligation.