Do You Really Need A Realtor?
You’re going to sell your home. Do you really need a Realtor? Can’t you just stick a sign in the yard and save yourself from paying a commission? Selling your home is one of the largest financial transactions you will take part in. A Realtor will help you from start to finish: getting your home ready, setting a competitive price, marketing the property, and closing the sale. You wouldn’t try to perform your own surgery; you’d go to a doctor, a professional who specializes in what you need. Considering the relatively small cost of hiring a Realtor versus all you could risk doing it on your own, your wisest decision would be to protect your interests and hire a professional.
Here are just a few of the important ways your Realtor will guide you through selling your home:
Preparing Your Home
During your initial meeting your agent will walk through your home and offer advice on staging or any repairs that may need to be done prior to listing your home. This allows you to have your home in the best possible condition to appeal to buyers when it goes active on the market.
Setting the Price
Your agent will assist you in setting a competitive and attainable asking price. Your Realtor will provide you with a Comparable Market Analysis showing you similar and nearby home that have sold recently or that are on the market. This will allow you to determine a price that the market will bear while ensuring you remain competitive with other nearby homes for sale. These factors will help you sell your home at the best price.
Marketing ensures that your property receives maximum exposure to the public as well as other agents. The majority of the time it will be another agent that brings the buyer so it is imperative that your home is marketed in the appropriate channels. An agent will know the when, where, and how to best market your home. While marketing across all mediums is important, a National Association of Realtors study shows that 82% of sales are the result of your agent’s contacts from previous clients, referrals, friends, and even family.
Contract to Close
Your agent will review any and all offers that come in with you. They will assist you in evaluating the offers, negotiating, and ensuring your contract is as strong as can be to make it through the process. What process? The next several steps after accepting an offer include home inspection, appraisals, financing, and title search. These are all possible places where a deal can fall apart. Your agent will guide you through each of these, protect your interests, and help you resolve any issues to get to closing.
Not All Agents Are The Same
All Realtors are not the same. It is important that you interview the agent you are considering to ensure that they have the experience, knowledge, and ability to best represent you during this important transaction. The Already Home Team is a group of experienced professionals that has assisted hundreds of clients in successfully selling their home. Give us a call so we can show you what we do! 703-797-2030
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