You may think that having an agent and paying them commission is going to be an extra expense in the process of selling your home. On the contrary, a OneBlue Real Estate agent will not only help you save money, but also let you seal a great deal faster than you would have managed. Here’s why…
- The Pricing – You may love your home and believe that it’s a steal for the price, but if you haven’t seen how much similar houses are being sold for in the market, it will be difficult to set a realistic price. Both overpricing and undervaluing your property can backfire on you. A real estate agent has access to paid resources and accurate comps that will help set the right price.
- The Contacts – REALTORS are in touch with hundreds of buyers who may be interested in buying your home quickly. Getting hold of them on your own may be tedious and time consuming, especially if you are short on time. On the other hand, a REALTOR can schedule a showing in a day’s notice, show them around and negotiate on a winning price within a few days, saving you from months of stress.
- The Research – A REALTOR can find you prospective leads quickly, keeping in mind the market trends, the valuation of similar property and the general features, upgrades and condition of your home. The longer your house is on the market, the more its value may depreciate because buyers think there’s something wrong with it. Also, you’ll have to pay everything from the utility costs to the mortgage throughout this period which will prove to be an additional burden.
- The Marketing – Reaching out to the right crowd is hugely important. If your house isn’t on an MLS or on websites where there are regular buyers, you won’t be getting many leads. Spending on advertisements etc. is another extra cost, and this too doesn’t guarantee a home sale. A REALTOR knows how and where to market the property in order to garner the most interest.
- The Documentation – here’s more to selling a home than signing a contract. There are title and closing costs to attend to, among other things. You’ll have to hire an attorney and not to mention, handle documentation and local laws that can take up an extra 2-3 weeks.
- The Availability – You can’t say no to prospective buyers interested in coming to see the place in the afternoon, no matter how busy you are at work. As soon as you put the property for sale, you should be ready for house calls any day and any time. Not to mention, you’ll have to attend to these people personally, answer questions, negotiate on the price and basically make them fall in love with the space by highlighting everything from the features to locality.
If you are prepared to do all that on your own and think you can manage it, then you are good. Otherwise, having a real estate agent is ESSENTIAL for a speedy and successful home sale.