Why Hire a Real Estate
Agent to Sell Your Home?
How often have you
driven down a neighboring street to find a red and white "For Sale By Owner"
sign from a hardware store stuck in the middle of someone's front lawn? You
drive past it two weeks later, and it's still there. Two months later - still
Did you know that 95% of
all homes For Sale By Owner (FSBO's) end up being sold by a real estate
professional? Here are some reasons why it's best to hire an agent from the
Education & Experience
You don't need to know
everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate
professional who does. The trick is to
find the right person.
Price Guidance and Knowledge of Market Conditions
Contrary to what some
people believe, agents do not select prices for sellers or buyers. However, an
agent will help
in making the right choice for yourself based on comparable sales in your area.
Real estate agents have
access to data like selling prices of homes similar to yours, the selling price
versus the listing price of homes in your area, the average number of days on
the market, etc.
Agents are Buffers
Agents act as a filter
for your property showings and visits. They weed out the "tire kickers" when
you're selling, and ensure prospective buyers are pre-qualified to purchase a
home such as yours. They also secure knowledge about your side of the
transaction and keep it confidential.
Knowledge of the Community
Agents either possess
intimate knowledge or they know where to find the industry buzz about your
neighborhood. Incorporating these points of interest are key in formulating a
strong marketing plan.
network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will
need for your real estate transaction - lawyers, accountants, and inspection
engineers, just to name a few.
Handling All the Paperwork
Agents help you navigate
through the plethora of paperwork required by federal, state, and local
authorities. They help facilitate the process so less time and money is wasted.
Answering Questions After Closing
Even the smoothest
transactions that close without complications can come back to haunt you. Questions can pop up that were
overlooked during the closing process.