Do I Need an Agent?
why the heck do I need a real estate agent anyway?
Buyers and sellers are more educated than ever and property information, crime statistics, school rankings and neighborhood data is all available online if you know where to look.
But can the Zillows of the world really replace the knowledge and expertise of a licensed and experienced agent?
Remember, real estate is like any other profession.
There are shining examples of excellence and experience and there are lazy dogs who give the profession a bad name.
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A qualified agent will know how to price your home just right based on many different factors.
The longer your property sits, the longer you have to keep it “showing ready”. Buyers will start to wonder what is wrong with your house because it hasn’t sold, even if the only thing wrong is pricing or a lack of advertising.
Think you are saving money even if it takes longer to sell? How much is your monthly mortgage? Every additional month it takes to sell is that much more you have to pay.
A great agent isn’t just going to stick a sign in your yard and schedule showings. They will also provide many other services you may not have thought of.
Did you know an agent typically works for free unless they sell your house? Since they don’t get paid until settlement, that means the cost of memberships, photos, videos, signs and marketing materials all comes out of their pocket up front.
Are you an expert negotiator? Are you familiar with all of the required disclosures and contracts in your state? Agents are well versed in both and can help you navigate the mountain of paperwork with ease. They will make sure you and your interests are protected every step of the way.
I have a 400 credit score and no bank will look at me, will you hold the mortgage for me?
I’d like to buy your home, but I’m an investor and it needs $100K in work. I’ll pay cash, but I have to offer $100K less than asking…
Can I come to see the house…now? I’m outside…
An agent will qualify potential buyers and will buffer you from all the creepy Craig’s List trawlers and Lookie Lous.
Selling your home is likely one of the biggest financial transactions you will ever complete. The protection, experience, knowledge and guidance provided by a seasoned real estate agent is invaluable.
Statistics show that working with a realtor will actually make you more money in the long run and it is certainly less headache. You owe it to yourself to explore the possibility before you make a decision.
Contact us today for a free consultation.
We know that buying or selling your home can be stressful and can feel complicated and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let us help you simplify the process and offer you full service from start to finish.
As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the buying or selling process. Feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you ASAP.