Selling your home? Be smart, use an agent
In today’s real estate market, inventory is low for the number of buyers out there. In simpler terms: there just are not enough houses for sale to match up with all of those people looking to buy. Because of this, if you are even considering selling your home, now could be the perfect time. But you want to be smart about it. Sure, you may be able to sell it on your own, or what is called going the “For Sale By Owner” route, but it could be more trouble than it is worth. You can take a lot of stress off of your plate by having an agent list your house and do that work for you.
If you sell your home on your own, you are taking on a lot of responsibility. First, you have to negotiate the contract, and more than likely, you will be negotiating with a buyer’s agent who knows what each section and page mean. Do you? Do you know about inspection deadlines and response time?
Speaking of inspections, you are then going to deal with what buyer’s agent on repair negotiations. But there is not much wrong with your house, right? The home inspectors will find plenty of things that you are not aware of or that you consider to be a big deal. If the buyer’s ask for things to be fixed, it’s on you to deal with the agent on what will and will not get done.
How are you going to market your house? Will you just put a sign in the front yard? Post a link on your personal Facebook page? Good luck. When Facebook thinks you are trying to sell something, your post gets bumped down and less people will see it. Your listing agent more than likely has their own website where your home would be listed. If you are looking for a home to buy, are you looking online at legit sites? Or are you browsing Facebook or driving by looking for signs in yards? You want your home to be seen by as many people as possible, which is likely on your agent’s website, assuming you choose the right agent. The more people that see your home, the better chance that it will have multiple offers, meaning that you will get more money. If you sell it on your own, you may only have a few people even see it in the first place.
I am not saying that if you choose to go “For Sale by Owner” that you have no chance of selling your house. I am just saying that you could be adding a lot of unnecessary stress if you choose to do so. And if you think you are for sure going to save money by doing it like that, remember what I said about possibly getting multiple offers because more people will see your home. So you could have less stress and more money. Sounds good to me. What about you?
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Brad Long Group