7 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home
Are you thinking about selling your home in Florida? Thinking about doing it on your own?
You might feel like selling your home is something you could do yourself. The whole “for sale by owner” talk might sound promising and make you think you’ll pocket a lot of money by skipping the real estate agent. The problem is if yod do decide to go for sale by owner, you’ll lose a lot of expertise, experience, and access that a real estate agent can provide you. A successful real estate agent, like Jason Painter from Program Realty will be dedicated to selling your home as quickly as possible and has the tools and experience needed to get the job done.
1. More Exposure
The majority of real estate agents will use a system called Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to see what homes are on the market, to get details on different homes, and to get contact information from local agents. If your home is not listed on the MLS, local agents and potential homebuyers will simply not find it. If you’re selling your home on your own and you want to include it on the MLS, you’re going to have to pay a large fee to get it done. However, the agent you pay to list on the MLS will receive all the contact attempts, not you. You won’t personally receive any inquires on your home.
And if you don’t pay the realtor fees, then you’re not going to be able to list your home on the MLS and you’ll have to market your property by yourself, which can be difficult and time consuming.
If you are selling the home by yourself, buyer’s agents might not want to work with you, which can deter many potential homebuyers.
Why would homebuyers not want to buy your home? Agents will assume, often correctly, that you have no experience selling properties and working with someone with no experience will be a challenge. What does this mean? It means extra work for the buyer’s agent, especially if you ask for help completing your share of tasks.
If you choose to list your home with a real estate agent who is an affiliate of the MLS, your home will be listed immediately and gain a level of reliability and trust that comes with working with a licensed real estate agent.
As a homeowner, you’re attached to your home and passionate about it. It is your home and you lived in it; therefore, you may be see it through rose-colored glasses. You might think the paint is perfect or that the set up in the kitchen is fantastic, but not all buyers have the same tastes as you.
A real estate agent will help put things in perspective and assure that your home appeals to a wider range of potential homebuyers. A real estate agent will also provide you with the advice you need in terms of what updates your home needs in order to get top dollar.
4. Knowledge of Pricing
According to Jason Painter of Program Realty, one of the most important aspects of selling a home is pricing it properly. Many homeowners are unsure about how much money they should ask for their home. They are clueless about the market and lack objectivity.
Remember that while the goal is to get the highest price for the home, that can only be done if the home is priced properly—not by overpricing it and slowly working down in price.
Real estate agents know the home will get more traffic during the first fewweeks of being on the market, and if you want to sell it quickly and for top dollar, your home must be priced correctly from the start. An experienced real estate agentwill perform a comparative market analysis to determine a fair price for your home—a price that will attract potential homebuyers.
5. Diligence & Skill
Real estate agents are experts at negotiating and have the experience it takes to get your home sold efficiently. What would you do if a potential homebuyer demanded a $3,000 credit based on something minor that was found during the inspection?
If you’re not working with an experienced real estate agent, you’re going to have to ask the buyer’s agent for help… And guess what? They don’t have your best interest in mind; after all, they’re making a commission from their client’s purchase. If you just tackle the negotiation on your own and follow your gut instinct, you may make the wrong decision. A licensed real estate agent will explain every process thoroughly and work towards a solution so you come out winning.
Having a real estate agent handle all the aspects of selling your home can be a huge timesaver. Part of a listing agent’s job is to get your home prepared for showings. Potential homebuyers want to see a house looking great so they can picture themselves living in it, and this often requires staging, which is something your real estate agent will handle for you. If you have a hectic schedule, then showing the home on your own may require you to miss out on work. But if you work with a real estate agent, they handle everything themselves, which includes corresponding and coordinating times with potential homebuyers.
7. The Right Choice
Remember that the real estate agent you work with should earn their commission and you need to understand why you’re paying for their professional services. Selling your home is a large responsibility and can be a long and exhausting process if you go at it on your own. Finding a real estate agent you feel comfortable with is very important. You need someone with experience in the real estate market, someone like Jason Painter from Program Realty, who has a long track record of success and the skills needed to get the job done. Jason Painter has experience in both the commercial and residential real estate market in Florida. He is committed to understanding client goals and helping them get the money they deserve for their home.
When you’re ready to take the next step to selling your home, consider Program Realty to make your home selling process straightforward and rewarding. The fully licensed real estate professionals endeavor to build client relationships that last a lifetime. Jason Painter takes great pride in what he does and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Contact Program Realty today at941-740-8000.