Homeowners attempting to sell their home without the assistance of a real estate professional generally do so for one reason only: to avoid paying a commission fee.
Is it worth it? Only the homeowner can answer that, but experience has shown that many for-sale-by-owners find that it's not. Before making a costly mistake, consider the benefits, from A to Z you receive from working with a trained real estate professional:
Advertising - Agents normally have proven marketing strategies.
Bargain - Research shows that 77% of sellers felt their commission was "well spent".
Contract Writing - An agent can supply standard forms to speed the transaction.
Details - An agent frees you from handling the many details of selling a home.
Experience and Expertise - in marketing, financing, negotiations, and more.
Financial Know-how - an Agent is aware of the many options for finanacing a sale.
Glossary - A real estate professional understands, and can explain, real estate lingo.
Homework - Agents are informed through resesarch and experience in your market.
Information - If you have a real estate question, an agent will know (or can get) the answer.
Juggle Showings - An agent will schedule and handle all showings.
Keeps Your Best Interest in Mind - it's an agent's job.
Laws - a real estate professional will be up-to-date on real estate laws that affect you.
Multiple Listing Service - the most effective means of bringing together buyers and sellers.
Negotiation - An agent can handle all price and contract negotiations.
Open Houses - A popular marketing technique.
Prospects - An agent has a network of contacts that can produce potential buyers.
Qualified Buyers - Avoid opening your home to curiosity seekers.
Realtor - An agent who is a member of the national Association of Realtors and subscribe a strict code of ethics.
Suggested Price - An agent will do a mrket analysis to establish a fair price range.
Time - One of the most valuable resources in an agent.
Unbiased Opinion - Most owners are too emotional about their home to be objective.
VIP - That's how you will be treated by your agent1
Wisdom - A knowledgeable agent can offer the wisdom that comes with experience.
X Marks The Spot - An agent is right there with you through the final signing of papers.
Yard Signs - An agent provides a professional sign, encouraging serious buyers.
Zero-hour Support - Selling a home can be an emotional experience. An agent can help.