Your Home … Sell it Yourself or Go With a Real Estate Professional?
Many people who sell their homes think only about the cost of a real
estate agent when trying to decide whether or not to sell on their
own. Though both options have their advantages, picking a real
estate firm will most likely result in a higher selling price,
making any other costs incurred by the firm well worth it.
It is an age old question as to whether you should list your
property with a real estate firm or sell it yourself. There are
benefits to both. However, the benefits of listing with an agent far
outweigh selling it yourself.
When you put the house on the market yourself, you are standing in
as your own agent. This means you are in charge of everything.
Although you may like the sound of that, there are some pitfalls.
The first thing is you must be available twenty four hours a day
seven days a week. This is so the potential buyers can reach you
when it is convenient for them. You can use an answering machine or
voice mail, but many buyers will not leave a message. Many will not
call back either, if they do not reach a real person. It is a simple
matter of when someone is looking for information they want it right
away. If they can not find it in one place they will look in
another. A real estate agent has an entire team to answer calls when
they come in.
You will also need to be conscious of how much the market value of
your home is. When you do not know what the other houses sold for,
you have no way to judge what the market will bear. You may be
pricing your home too high. You could also be pricing your home too
low. This happens when someone has owned a home for twenty or so
years and has not paid close attention to the real estate market.
They can sometimes disregard the appreciation factor. I have seen
houses bought for $125,000 and listed 20 years later for only
$490,000. The market had appreciated so much the home was actually
worth $535,000. Sure, this home sold fast, but, at a huge cost to
the uneducated seller. This would have never happened if the seller
had listed with a real estate professional.
There is also the title office and the lenders you will have to deal
with if you get an offer on your home. Not to mention the purchase
agreement you will have to draw up. If the buyer wants to add some
type of creative financing into the mix, it can get puzzling. The
real estate agent is a trained professional. He or she has
experience in dealing with title searches, mortgage lenders, and
creative financing. By listing with the real estate agent, you do
not have to worry about being taken for a ride by a crooked buyer.
The agent will have the buyer pre-qualified before they are brought
to your home. The lender will work with the title company and the
agent to get everything done quickly. When you try to sell on your
own a deal can take much longer to get everything set up for a
Exposure is an essential reason to list with a real estate agent.
When you sell the property on your own, you can only advertise in a
limited area. With a real estate agent, the property is usually
listed with the multiple listing service (MLS). This means the
property can be viewed by anyone in the country at any time.
The cost of the commission may be high for some people. The benefits
it yields are amazing. What it can save you if the deal goes bad are
worth every penny. Think of it as payment to a contractor for a job
you should not do yourself.
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