Selling your home is one of the most significant transactions you'll ever make. So why leave it up to chance? An experienced realtor can bring a lot of value to your transaction. Here are eight reasons why:
Receive expert advice
Working with a realtor can help you gain home-selling knowledge that only an expert can provide. Give yourself peace of mind and let a professional handle everything correctly for you to ensure all goes smoothly.
Make more money
With today's market fluctuations, you want to price your home to sell. For a quick sale, your house must be priced appropriately. An experienced realtor uses a more fact-based process that involves pulling comparable recent home sales within a specific area around yours and using that data to determine a fair asking price. A seasoned agent can guide you in setting a competitive price that makes sense for the real estate market in your area and will likely help you make more money in the process.
Gain valuable professional services
Many realtors offer their sellers perks at little to no additional cost. These might include a professional photo shoot of your home, a deep-cleaning session, expert staging advice, and more. These extras cost very little out of pocket but make a noticeable difference in how quickly your home sells. Considering how much you can gain, the ROI is worth it.
Learn project payoffs
Sometimes, sellers are challenged with tackling certain home improvement projects before listing their home for sale. An expert realtor can offer the best advice on these – helping a seller decide on big, likely expensive, home projects that may (or may not) pay off during the selling process.
Gain more exposure
Working with a Realtor to sell your home means you tap into their network of buyers and other real estate agents who can bring potential buyers. Accomplished realtors are heavily involved in the market and in constant contact with other agents, which helps to get the word out. Studies conducted by the National Association of realtors show that 82 percent of real estate sales result from a real estate agent's wide range of contacts. These make for a deep pool of prospects looking for a home like yours. A proficient Realtor will also know when, where, and how to advertise your home, using the best mediums, formats, and frequency for your target market. Most importantly, realtors get your home on the multiple listing service (MLS), which is the primary system used by all agents to search for the most up-to-date home listings.
Saves time and headaches
Selling a home requires tons of time, so leave it all up to your Realtor. They'll take the time to market your listing, schedule showings, conduct open houses, handle negotiations, and take care of many other surprises and details. With their help, you can concentrate on more important things, like spending time with your family and your job.
Get no-nonsense negotiations
A significant part of a realtor's work is handling negotiations. An experienced Realtor negotiates professionally and strategically to sell your home for the best price possible. But it's more than just haggling over the price of the house – there are other conditions, contingencies, and closing costs to consider too. Having a real estate agent on your side at the bargaining table makes it easier to sell your home on your terms. Your real estate agent is there to work tirelessly on your behalf, so you don't have to lose out on (almost) anything.
A realtor works for free
As a home seller, you pay once the transaction closes. A realtor makes their commission only when your home sells, so you've got nothing to lose when you hire one. That means that all the work your real estate agent does up front, like marketing, staging, advertising, paperwork, and everything else, is done long before they receive a commission.
As you can see, the benefits of working with an experienced realtor are plentiful. If you're considering selling your home, especially if it's located in Harbor Club, our sales director, Kathy Phillips, offers unparalleled market knowledge, strategies, and services for getting your home sold quickly for top dollar. You've got nothing to lose and much to gain. Learn more and get in touch today.