Here’s Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Professional to sell your home
Selling a home by yourself will take more than just time. It requires negotiation skills, knowledge of neighborhood trends and the market condition all of which may not be found in one person. Hiring an agent may cost you 6% on average of the sale price, but it is money worth spending.
The plus point that agents enjoy is that they are into the business of selling homes. They are in the know of market rates, other listings in the neighboring, comparable homes, rates, etc. It is part of what they do. Markets change, and agents need to keep abreast of these conditions.
An agent is given the job of selling. He/She will be aggressive about the whole matter whereas the homeowner may not be able to have that objective view. Agents recommend staging techniques to make the home look great, maximize the listing with professional quality photographs, and show the house to prospective buyers. They will also screen buyers for you, so you have to deal only with interested prospects.
Their job isn’t done yet. Once the buyer expresses interest, the buyer will negotiate counter-offers, handle the paperwork and generally be there for the seller. Some agents offer services on selected items, and others offer full-service to sellers. However, even direct sellers are seen offering commissions to the buyer’s agents to entice them to bring in customers.
The thing to think about is if you have the time and can you put in the effort required to sell the home within the time frame you have set yourself. There could be several other factors beyond your control. That may lead to the process dragging on and delay the sale which can affect your other decisions. The major reason for refusing to take on the services of an agent is the cost. In such cases, the homeowner can speak to an agent about the concern and how much he can afford to pay.
Have you considered the amount of semi-arcane jargon you may have to handle – an MLS for a 3B/2B with an W/D and EIK? Yes, there’s the internet for everything, but we may not have the time or the energy to break our head over understanding these details.
Since agents are into the business of selling homes, they have a network they delve into when needed. This is something homeowners do not have handy. Whether it is a professional photographer you need or a home inspector, they are all available at the tip of his fingers.
After you are convinced that you need the services of an agent, you will start looking for one in your area.