If you look online there are dozens of different sites that tell you the steps you should take to sell your house. All of this information may lead you to believe that you don’t need to be working with a real estate agent that you can do all of it on your own. For some people this works well, but for most it can end in disaster. There are compelling reasons why you should be working with a Realtor, let’s have a look at them.
You Have No Experience
Unless you flip houses for a living then you don’t have the experience or the education to get your house sold for the best price. A realtor does this for a living, they have a proven track record of negotiating deals that you may lack. Buying a home or selling one, the goal is still to get the best price and a realtor can help with that.
When you have an open house or start the sales process there is going to be a fair amount of criticism of your home. That’s part of the process, when you use a realtor you don’t have to deal with any of that they will weed out the “tire kickers” and work with those that are serious about making an offer.
Knowledge of the Neighborhood and Price
Real estate agents generally specialize in a particular area and they know that neighborhood inside and out. They know where the best restaurants are, how good the schools are and the crime statistics. All of that information ties into how to price your home. They take into consideration all of that combined with the condition and size of your home along with what other comparable homes are selling for in order to come up with the right listing price.
The market is affected by a number of things, the inventory of available homes and the number of buyers. Those are the biggest factors in determining how much and how fast your home will sell. They keep up to date on the market conditions and are aware of average home prices and number of days a house sits on the market.
Real estate agents spend a great deal of time networking and making connections. They know everyone from mortgage brokers to contractors, while they are legally forbidden from recommending one service over another they are aware of prices and reputation.
Working with an agent is the fastest way to get your house on the market and in front of potential buyers, they have connections that the average person just doesn’t have that can be used to sell your house.