While some homeowners still choose the For Sale by Owner route, here are five reasons to work with a trusted professional:
1. Stats are in your favor.
The National Association of REALTORS® conducts a survey of homebuyers and sellers every year and, although the numbers may vary, homes sold by an agent consistently out-price FSBOs. In the most recent survey, data shows the typical FSBO home sold for $217,900 compared to $295,000 for agent assisted home sales. So even when factoring in commissions, you'll likely get a higher return on your investment by using an agent.
2. Market knowledge.
With access to the most recent market data, experience and "feet on the ground" knowledge of local community market trends, an experienced agent can offer the most realistic purchase and listing prices. That enables you to price your home right the first time (using area comparibles) and take full advantage of the surge in interest that typically takes place during the first 30 days of contract.
3. Skilled negotiators.
One of the toughest parts of buying or selling a home (often a consumer's biggest investment) is handling negotiations. Just as you would want a skilled attorney handing your legal matters or an expert surgeon handling your operation - you want to put your home sale or purchase in the hands of someone who has the insight, skill set, experience and sales savvy to ensure you get the absolute best deal.
More than 96% of buyers start their home search online. Agents have an advantage over FSBOs in that they have a wide spectrum of online resources they can tap into to showcase your listing. They also have the skill and experience to craft those listing descriptions in a way that attracts the most positive attention from buyers as well as other agents with buyers who are a great fit for your home.
Many consumers are so busy that they can barely keep up with their own calendar. Selling a home takes time - a lot of it, in fact. From preparation to contracts to marketing to showing to open houses and appointments to getting buyers qualified and negotiating on your behalf - it really is a full-time job. Any expert will tell you that a big secret to success is letting people do what they do best.
I'm an experienced agent, and I'm here to help. My time in this industry has given me the insight, tools, skills and ability to help my customers and clients get the very best price and terms for their homes. I'd love to do the same for you. Call or text me today to learn more.