Looking to sell your home? One of the first questions you may ask yourself is why you need to hire an agent when selling your home? Selling a home can be a stressful experience. In fact, real estate transactions have been ranked as one of the top 10 most stressful life changes.
In an effort to avoid paying commissions, some sellers choose to list as For Sale By Owner, FSBO. However, a 2017 study showed that FSBO properties ended up selling for 30% less than agent-listed properties. It’s also important to keep in mind that if the buyers have an agent representing them, their commission will often be incorporated into the sale price anyway.
So if those aren’t reasons enough to consider hiring an agent when selling your home, read on for 5 more.
Pricing Your Property
How do you even begin determining what your home is worth? An agent has the expertise needed to properly price your home. Through market analysis and local knowledge, an agent will ensure you receive the maximum value for your investment, while still ensuring your home is priced to sell.
Although online and print marketing is essential when listing a home, an agent also has marketing skills found only by those within the industry. Through years of experience, an agent has established a vast portfolio of personal connections with other agents, prospective buyers and more that will help make selling your home easier.
Selling your home requires what feels like an endless amount of paperwork including contracts, reports and technical documents. An agent has the experience needed to ensure that these documents are completed correctly and in a timely manner.
Agents are masters of negotiating! Through training and years of experience, agents have the experience to work through negotiations when the purchase offers start coming in. Excitement can take over when you receive your first offer which can lead to hasty decisions. An agent can help determine if the offer has your best interests in mind and if not, how to negotiate an even better one.
Having an agent when selling your home, means having someone on your team through the whole process. Selling a home can bring a rollercoaster of emotions and having someone to support you through the process can make the experience easier and more enjoyable.
Working with Lance Lundy
When you choose Lance to help you sell your Whistler property you’ll experience a whole new level of service and experience. He is a consummate professional and along with his associates at the WHISTLER REAL ESTATE COMPANY, lead Whistler in sales production and results for their clients. Read more about working with Lance Lundy here.