The Importance of Using an Agent
Get the house sold at the best possible price with the least amount of hassles.
Negotiation – There are several points of a contract to negotiate, not just sales price. You are working against the buyer, that wants a deal, and the buyer’s agent, that solely represents the buyer’s interest. After both the inspection and appraisal, there can be additional negotiations. You want someone representing your interests.
Exposure – Studies shows buyers found their home 43% on the internet, 33% from their realtor, 9% from a yard sign, and 1% from newspaper. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial – and is the key to a good realtor’s marketing plan.
Paperwork – The paperwork required in selling a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. There are many critical documents that must be delivered on time. Your realtor handles the paperwork, as well as manages the critical timeline of your transaction.
Net More Money – Many believe that selling on your own will save you a real estate commission, but studies have shown that, on average, sales prices of realtor-represented homes is 18% higher than those sold by the owner.
Bottom Line – If you are thinking of selling your home, don’t underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process. You net more, plus have someone else skilled at negotiating, marketing, and completing all the paperwork on time.