Thinking of selling your home? Your first decision to make is whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Real estate agents offer valuable experience, support, and skills. They also take the bulk of the work of selling your home upon themselves, freeing you up to prepare for your move, pack up, and find your new home. Here are three unique skills that real estate agents can offer you.
Negotiate With Buyers
When you choose to sell your home “by owner”, you are stuck with all of the work involved in a home sale–including some of the least enjoyable tasks, such as performing negotiations. Most people balk at the thought of negotiating with buyers.
When you hire a real estate agent, they become your personal representative in everything involving your sale. They will step in between you and your buyers so that you can avoid difficult negotiations and awkward conversations. Best of all, your real estate agent is trained to get you the best deal possible.
Host an Open House
There is a reason you never see open houses at for-sale-by-owner homes. This is because hosting open houses is a particular niche of real estate agents. They know how to plan, market, set-up, and stage an open house. Staging your home for an open house can help buyers visualize themselves living there. Of course, for this to happen your home must be shown to be advantageous. Make sure to clean, declutter, and illuminate your home for your open house.
Market Your Home Online
Today’s buyers narrow down their house hunt online before they even set foot in the doorway of a home. That is why online marketing is so valuable. Listing your home on MLS is extremely expensive for non-realtors. Real estate agents, however, have access to MLS and can list your home on the most popular real estate websites such as Realtor.com, Trulia, and Zillow. Most real estate agents also have access to a trained photographer who can show your home off at its best through picture and video postings online. People can see photographs, learn all about your home’s specs, and even take a virtual tour online through MLS.
Hiring a real estate agent will improve your home sale in every possible way. The process will be quicker and go much more smoothly. You can sit back and let your realtor do all of the heavy lifting on your sale. Best of all, you will be able to get the best possible price on your home.
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