Why Selling Your House with a Real Estate Agent Is Essential
~Selling Your House with a Real Estate Professional Is Essential~
When you sell your house on your own, the process is much more complicated than when someone else does it for you. You have to prep and price right so that people will buy- but sometimes even this isn't enough! If there's anything about selling homes we know today from our recent study with The National Association of Realtors (NAR), its how hard homeowners find themselves fighting through all sorts troubles just getting their property ready in time before putting up signs or making an offer public...
The list goes on: paperwork requirements? Yeah those can be tedious as well - especially if they involve sending out multiple packets at once by mail or fax because these days most everyone has email access now instead; federal guidelines regarding desexing dogs etc. Working with an agent is the best way to ensure you have an expert on your side to guide you at every turn.
1. Make the Best First Impression
Selling your house requires a significant amount of time and effort. Doing it right takes expertise and an understanding of today’s buyers. Your agent knows the answers to common questions, such as:
- Do I need to take down my personal art?
- How much landscaping does my house need?
- What colors should I paint my walls?
Your time and money are important, and you don’t want to waste either one focusing on the wrong things. A real estate advisor relies on their experience to answer these questions and more, allowing you to make the right investments to prep your house before you list.
Real estate agents have an assortment of tools at their disposal, like social media followers and agency resources, that will ensure your house is viewed by the most buyers. Without access to these tools and your agent’s marketing expertise, your buyer pool – and your home’s selling potential – is limited.
2. Understand the Documentation, Including the Fine Print
Today, when a house is sold, more disclosures and regulations are mandatory, meaning the number of legal documents to juggle is growing. It’s hard to understand all the requirements and fine print (especially if you’re not an expert). That’s why your advisor is an invaluable guide.
Your agent knows exactly what needs to happen, what all the paperwork means, and can work through it efficiently. They’ll help you review the documentation and avoid any costly missteps that could happen if you tackle it on your own.
3. Act as Your Expert Negotiator
If you sell without an agent, you’ll also be solely responsible for all negotiations. That means you have to coordinate with:
- The buyer, who wants the best deal possible
- The buyer’s agent, who will use their expertise to advocate for the buyer
- The inspection company, which works for the buyer and will almost always find concerns with the house
- The appraiser, who assesses the property’s value to protect the lender
Instead of going toe-to-toe with all these parties alone, lean on an expert. Your agent relies on experience and training to make the right moves throughout the negotiation. They’ll know what levers to pull, how to address each individual concern, and when you may want to get a second opinion. When you sell your house yourself, you’ll need to be prepared to have these conversations on your own.
4. Price It Right
The expertise of a professional real estate agent can make all the difference when it comes to pricing your house correctly and getting you top dollar. They take into account factors like recent sales in similar areas, as well current condition which are key for making sure that potential buyers know what they're getting themselves into before putting down any earnest money on offer!
Lamont "Ben" Orr - The Orr Team eXp Realty 720-425-3365