Sell A Home
Why You Should Use a Realtor To Sell Your Home
With the complexity of real estate transactions today, the disclosure that's required, security concerns and so much more, using a Realtor to sell your home is just the wise thing to do.
A professional Realtor will take care of all the functions that sellers themselves either
can't do - or can accomplish only with much difficulty.
A Realtor will place your listing in the multiple listing service, where all agents in the market will see it, but that's only the start. He or she will work with you to market your home, both to consumers and within the real estate community. Marketing strategies may include flyers, online exposure, "Just Listed" notices and networking with other Realtors.
Locating and Qualifying Buyers
Buyers are frightened by for-sale-by-owner properties and they distrust them. They don't drive up and down streets looking for homes for sale. And they don't have easy access to home values, which Realtors can provide.
When you list with a Realtor, it increases the odds that the right buyer will discover your home. And a Realtor will make sure that anybody who goes through your home will be qualified to purchase it and not a looky-loo, or worse, somebody who might be looking at your home for purposes other than buying it. Further, a Realtor will manage the showing process so you don't have to.
Selling your home is very emotional. When buyers and sellers are working directly with each other, they'll often nitpick and try to get the last word in. A Realtor serves as a buffer between the buyer and seller and takes much of the emotion out of the process. Another thing: Sellers who use a Realtor traditionally get a higher price than those who sell it themselves.
Managing the Transaction
It's not just about selling the house. It's about knowing all the current regulations and staying on top of the details. Managing a home sale is a tough journey even for a seasoned professional, let alone an inexperienced owner.
Are you aware of legal requirements as to what you must disclose? Do you know what escrow is? What about earnest money? Do you know how to write a sales contract? Realtors know the answers to all these questions and know exactly what tasks to perform at what time to keep the transaction progressing efficiently.