With most complicated situations in life, you rely on expert advice to get you through. A doctor guides you through a health issue; a lawyer guides you through a legal situation. Selling a home is no different. Your financial stability is on the line, there is a ton of work involved, and unexpected crises tend to pop up at the worst possible time. So why try to go through it alone?
Here are 10 reasons why you should work with a Realtor when selling a property.
- A Realtor will save you time
Yes, it’s possible to market and sell your home on your own. But it takes lot of time, research, and work. Real estate agents will save you time and effort by doing all the heavy lifting. They can quickly and efficiently market and advertise your home in all the best places, hold open houses, make phone calls, complete paperwork, negotiate effectively, and more. With a Realtor, you won’t have to put your life on hold while you devote time to selling your house.
- Realtors are trustworthy
Real estate agents, especially those who are part of the National Association of Realtors®, are bound by a strict code of ethics. Their livelihood is built on forming good relationships with clients, and they want to keep their good reputation and get lots of referrals and repeat customers. Plus, there are laws and regulations that ensure Realtors remain honest and work in their clients’ best interest.
- Realtors have tons of connections
Realtors often work with buyers in addition to sellers, so they’re perfectly positioned to help you find the perfect buyer. Realtors are also constantly in contact with other local agents, so when you hire a good Realtor, you’re actually hiring a network of professionals! Plus, agents know all kinds of professionals who can help you get your home ready to sell— handymen, painters, landscapers, photographers, etc. Your Realtor’s professional connections help them to find buyers for your home, fast!
- Realtors will actively seek out buyers
Too many sellers make the mistake of posting their home online and waiting for buyers to come to them. Realtors do not make this mistake! If the house isn’t attracting enough attention, an agent will actively search for qualified buyers in places you haven’t even considered. They’re experts at marketing and networking, and they’ll use these skills to quickly find serious buyers.
- They know how to make your place look great
Image is everything when it comes to selling a property. If your home doesn’t look its best, you’ll have trouble finding buyers, and you certainly won’t get a great price for your home. Real estate agents have a critical eye and they know exactly how to take your home’s appearance to the next level. They can advise you on improving curb appeal, arrange for professional staging and styling, hire a great professional photographer, and more!
- Realtors know how to get the highest price for your home
Realtors know what buyers want and what they are willing to pay for. Since this varies greatly depending on the local area, it pays to have a local expert like a Realtor. From the first time they see your home, a real estate agent has a good idea of the fixes and improvements necessary to get a higher sale price. They can see problems that might scare buyers away and they know just how to improve a home’s market value. And, during the negotiation process, they’ll work to get you the best offer.
- Realtors will weed out “buyers” who aren’t serious
If you’re selling on your own, you run the risk of wasting your time with potential buyers who appear interested, but back out when they discover they can’t afford your home. An agent will make sure potential buyers have been prequalified or preapproved. They can sniff out buyers who don’t have all their ducks in a row so you don’t have to waste time with tire-kickers.
- They’re expert negotiators
Chances are, you don’t have a reputation as a cutthroat deal-maker. Negotiating is a skill that takes a lot of time to develop. Experienced realtors are comfortable at the bargaining table and will work to close the best deal while you sit back and relax.
- They’ll save you from piles of confusing paperwork
Paperwork: everyone’s least favorite task! This tedious, time-consuming job is a drag for the non-expert, but with a Realtor, you won’t have to worry about any of it! Enough said.
- Realtors will make your life so much easier! Honestly. It’s their job.
Realtors are there to take the worry out of selling a home. They will answer all your questions and concerns, save you loads of time, and probably save you money, too. They will support you, help you make smart decisions, and handle all the inevitable problems that come up. Selling a home is so much easier and less stressful when you have a professional to guide you through the process!
At Melecia Johnson Real Estate Group, we care about our clients. We’re committed to helping people sell their homes as quickly and as stress-free as possible. So contact us today and let us guide you through your home sale like only an experienced Realtor can.