It’s very tempting to try and sell a home on your own and save yourself an agent’s commission. Being familiar with the market and conducting online research, while a good start, is not enough. Selling a home takes time; even the most beautiful properties don’t sell themselves. The selling process requires persistence, expertise and tough-as-nails negotiation skills. Hiring a real estate professional to help you sell your home is not only easier but also smarter and less stressful.
A realtor can save you time and headaches when it comes to putting your home on the market. Patterns show that properties listed by owners not only take longer to sell but also get sold for less. From professional photography to staging tactics and even online marketing a realtor will pull out all the right stops to raise awareness and display your home in all its best angles.
Knowing how your home compares to similar properties and competing listings is part of the realtor’s job. With this information you can rest assured that the right price will be set. Once the offers start coming in your agent will make sure to pick out only the serious prospects and negotiate the best deal for you. This is when the negotiation skills come into play. Chances of accepting the initial bid on the home are low; an agent will strategize the perfect counter offer and avoid loosing potential buyers.
Closing a sale involves mountains of paperwork and potential bumps on the road such as accounting issues or buyer’s complaints, which are better, left in the capable hands of a real estate professional. Avoid the hassle and the time-consuming procedures. An agent has the experience and resources to make the transaction as smooth and efficient as possible.