It’s time to sell your house. You’ve weighed the pros and cons and come to this big decision. But now you have to pick a real estate agent. “Wait!” you say. “I’ve gone on Zillow, it says my house is worth x amount of money. I’ll just put a sign in my yard and sell it myself. No need to pay a real estate agent when I can do it myself”.
I’m sure we all know people that love to DIY, but there are some things that it is better to not do yourself. Unless you work in that field, you probably wouldn’t feel confident to build a new house out of wood pallets and things you can buy at the Dollar Store. While selling your house yourself may not seem that extreme, there are some strong reasons to counsel against this particular DIY. Let’s be honest, a big reason people don’t want to use a real estate agent is the cost. You don’t want to have to pay someone to do something you think you can do yourself. Did you know sellers actually net MORE money when they use a real estate agent? The National Association of Realtors does a comprehensive review of trends in buying and selling every year. (For the article, click here). Last year, the average home sold by a real estate agent sells for $249,000 while the average home sold by a homeowner sells for $210,000. That’s a big difference! Additionally, a real estate agent can market your property to a wider audience. Nine percent of buyers purchase a home from a sign in the yard, while 77% of buyers come from real estate agents and internet.
I’m on your team for all the negotiations that go into selling a home. I’m also experienced with all the paperwork involved in a transaction, which means you don’t have to be! Selling your house may seem daunting at times, but with a real estate agent on your side, you will have a bit more peace of mind…and a larger net profit! Contact me today to learn how I can help you.