I hope I've helped!
Stacey Bullock Christman
Scott O'Connell Properties
Houston, TX 77098
Having a Realtor represent you in buying/selling is always a great idea. Helping you prepare to sell a home, advising on paperwork/disclosure, dealing with inspections, financing and more. We can discuss agency rules (who represents who?) and how it effects the seller.
However, the biggest reason is the Realtor might be able to get a higher price. A "neighbor" might have more knowledge of the market than the home owner and might not be offering a fair price. As an agent, I could advise the sellers if this offer is fair, or possible get a better offer by putting the home on the open market. We discuss closing cost and which way works best for the seller in all cases.
The National Association of Realtors report 90% of "for sale by owners" end up working with a Reatlor to sell their home. Might as well call a Realtor and save time and money!