When it comes to selling your home, you’re going to feel a pressure to cut costs at every opportunity you can find to ensure you’re getting the best possible profit. There are no doubt going to be any number of expenses you weren’t expecting, including repairs and other work to make your home an attractive listing. It’s natural then that you might consider listing your home yourself rather than using a real estate agent. While it’s an obvious choice to use an agent when purchasing a home, it’s not unusual to second guess that decision when you’re selling. However, while you might think you’re saving yourself money by listing your home as “for sale by owner,” the truth is you may be costing yourself in many unforeseen ways by doing so.
One of the biggest expenses you’ll be saving by selling your home with a professional is going to be time. Selling your home can be a daunting process, but doing it yourself is going to require a serious investment of your time. From posting listings to fielding calls from potential buyers, there’s a significant amount of work that needs to be done. If you’re listing the home yourself, you may be tempted to try to cut corners and save that time, making a minimal online posting on a real estate site, or even posting to Facebook. The trouble is, the less time you put into these steps, the less your investment is going to pay off. For instance, I spend time on a regular basis observing and analyzing the market prices for the areas I work with. This means that even before I’ve seen your home, I’m bringing not only my knowledge and training, but also the time investment of my expertise to helping you choose as competitive a listing price as possible, to help you get the most for your home. You’re likely to not have the time for these kinds of considerations, and it’s going to cost you money in the end. What’s more, I’ve invested both resources and staff into process management to ensure that from the time your property is listed to the time we close, all the necessary steps are taken in a timely manner to get you to closing as efficiently as possible.
There’s an unfortunate truth that history has many examples of the real estate business being used to take advantage of unwary people, either as sellers or buyers. To help manage this, there’s a wide variety of federal, state, and local laws that regulate everything to do with the real estate business. From preventing racial discrimination to providing transparency on the condition of the home being sold, these regulations work to provide fairness and clarity, but also can be a complicated process to navigate for someone without prior experience. You will enter the process of selling your home with every intention of being open and honest, but you may accidentally violate these laws. Whether by not filing required paperwork or neglecting to disclose specific information you may not realize is not required by law. What’s more, you may also be susceptible as a victim of a dishonest seller who takes advantage of the fact that you may not be familiar with the laws that apply to them. Having a trained and licensed real estate broker like myself in your corner means I make sure you are protected not only by following all the required regulations, but also hold your buyers accountable to the laws that protect you.
Of all the factors that affect the selling of your home, who you know is one of the most important while also one of the least obvious. Making the right connections will go along way to not only selling your home faster, but also selling it for the best competitive price possible. If you decide to sell your home on your own, you might be able to talk to a few friends, but after that you’re stuck posting your house online to various websites and just trusting that the right person will eventually see your ad. Getting more eyes on your listing is always important, but what’s more important is getting the RIGHT eyes on your ad. Because of my work with clients across the area and my network with other agents, I am able to ensure that the kinds of people who would be most interested in your listing hear about it. Do you have a nice fenced in backyard? I can make sure the person with an energetic dog who needs a place to run hears about it. A great workspace on the lower level? I’ll see to it that the work at home architect that’s just dying for a place like that schedules a viewing. These kinds of connections stand in stark relief to the confusing and frustrating process of trying to sell your home yourself, selling with a professional like myself because a pleasant and smooth process.
If you are looking to sell your home or business property, I hope I can be your first call. Contact me today, and we can begin the process of listing your property for sale. I look forward to working for your success!
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