Why Is It Important to Work with a Real Estate Agent Instead of Selling on Your Own?
Selling a home is a big undertaking even under the best of circumstances. The decision to hire a real estate agent or not is just one in a long line of choices that can affect a seller’s experience and final outcome. Although some homeowners choose to sell their own home without the help of a professional real estate agent, often citing cost savings as their main reason, trying to do it alone may ultimately cost a seller more money in the long run.
Does Selling Your Own Home Really Save You Money?
The answer depends on the individual situation, but choosing to sell your home yourself doesn’t always save you the amount of money you think it will. Unless you are savvy in the real estate market, the appraisal process, and in marketing your property yourself, you may be looking at a longer wait on the market before your home sells, and fewer inquiries from prospective buyers. Buyers on the lookout for “for sale by owner” signs may believe they also can save money by buying an unagented home, and make a lower offer accordingly.
If you are busy and the type of person for whom “time is money,” trying to sell your own home can put many more constraints on your time, including screening serious inquiries, playing phone tag with potential buyers, and having to arrange to be home for showing appointments.
Having a Professional in Your Corner
If you hire a real estate agent, he or she is professionally bound to act in your interest. Your agent can help protect you from unscrupulous buyers, handle offers and counter-offers with expertise, and protect you from the emotions that can get in the way of productive negotiating. Tricky contracts that can stump or even endanger either party if done incorrectly can be handled by your real estate agent, who sees these types of contracts every day and knows how to act in the client’s best interest.
If you are ready to buy or sell a home in the Napa area of California, Brad at RE/MAX Gold is ready to help you achieve your goals. Located at 529 Soscol Ave, he works tirelessly on your behalf for the best possible sale. Please call (707) 246-4584 to get in touch with Brad today!