For Sale by Owner or Hire a Realtor?
Many people think that by selling your home yourself, you can save thousands of dollars. The following is an excerpt from an article by financial wizard, Dave Ramsey. It explains why this is not true.
There’s Power in Numbers
If you want to sell your home, you’ve got to go where the buyers are. A recent NAR report found that 88% of buyers used a real estate agent to purchase their home in 2014.
Want to know the top method FSBO sellers used to market their home? A yard sign.
Last we checked, yards signs don’t exactly have their finger on the pulse of the market. Think about how many people drive by your home on a given day. Then stack that up against an agent’s pool of buyers. There’s no comparison!
With a real estate agent, you get instant access to thousands of potential buyers through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). A true pro has a proactive plan for exposing your home to as many buyers as possible and works with you to ensure your home gives a great first impression.
There’s No Substitute for Experience
Let’s set the sugarcoating aside and cut to the chase. Going it alone guarantees one thing: You’ll make mistakes. Some will be small—but some will come with zeroes on the end. You’ve worked too hard to let that happen!
Research shows FSBO sellers struggle most with paperwork, pricing and preparing their home for the sale. A real estate agent can help you with all of those things (and more!) and will advise you based on experience, not emotion.
Here are just a few ways a pro makes selling your home a cinch:
- Advising you on home repairs or updates
- Pricing your home based on the latest market data
- Actively marketing your home to buyers
- Scheduling showings with potential buyers
- Negotiating to get the best price on your home
- Handling all the required paperwork
Look at it this way: A top-notch agent sold more homes last week than you’ll probably sell in your lifetime. They eat, drink and sleep real estate. Doesn’t it stand to reason that they can help you achieve the most gain with the least pain?
For the full article click here.
If you’re interested in selling or buying a house, give us a call today 251-929-2150. The agents at Ashurst Group would love to be your real estate professional.