When it’s time to sell your home, it’s natural to want to get the most money you can for it. You may have even considered selling it privately. But wait! There are many downfalls of NOT using a Realtor.
You might consider yourself a great negotiator, and you’re willing to put in the time showing potential buyers your home when it’s convenient to them. But more often than not, folks selling their home privately tend to feel overwhelmed once the process has started.
Owners that sell their home privately don’t necessarily have the expertise that an experienced Realtor does. And if you mess it up, it can end up costing you more than it would have if you’d used a Realtor in the first place. Here are some things a Realtor will take care of for you to make the process so much easier:
We know how to evaluate what your home is worth. Anyone can find the asking prices of comparable homes in their neighbourhood online. But only Realtors can see what those homes ACTUALLY end up selling for. You may be tempted to price your home a little too high because you have a sentimental attachment to it… or you might price it too low because you’re not aware of what you could potentially get for it. A good Realtor will be able to anticipate the market changes throughout the year and help you set an appropriate price that will attract the most buyers while still getting you top dollar. Trust their expertise!
You’ll get a second opinion on your property. You love your home, and that’s okay! It’s where you’ve made tons of memories over the years! But you might not have an accurate perception of how buyers will see it. Are you REALLY up to date on what buyers are looking for in houses nowadays? Your Realtor is. They will view your property as a “product for sale” and can provide valuable advice on how to stage it so buyers are WOWed as soon as they come in the front door.
Your home will be marketed professionally. Gone are the days of plopping your real estate listing in the local newspaper and waiting for buyers to come to you. It just doesn’t work like that anymore. Nowadays, we showcase our listings with professionally edited photos, video tours, printed marketing materials and more! Then we splash your listing across multiple online platforms where buyers will definitely see it. We even reverse-prospect with our own buying clients as well as other real estate agents who may have buyers looking for something just like your home! It’s a full service approach. We WANT to find your buyer quickly and efficiently!
We take care of all the confusing legal paperwork. You might be handy with contracts and negotiations in your own professional industry, but real estate can be a whole other beast. When you receive an offer from a buyer, there are schedules and fulfillments and amendments and all kinds of things that can pop up in paperwork — and if something isn’t signed properly, or if a clause isn’t written into the contract, you’re setting yourself up for costly headaches later on. When this much money is on the line, do you really want to risk not covering yourself legally in a buyer’s contract?
It’s easy to get the ball rolling! If you’re considering selling, give our team a call! We can come out and provide you with a FREE home evaluation. This will give you a realistic idea of what we could sell your home for, and we’ll back it up with comparable sales and data to make sure you understand our assessment.
From there, we’ll figure out the best time to get your home staged and looking great for marketing photos and video. And every step of the way, we’ll be there to walk you through everything. Give us a call – we’re ready to help make it an easy process!