If you have a Realtor that knows how to stage your home, that alone will save you 1000's!
There are a lot of scams out there, don't be the latest victim.
I'll tell you this - it isn't easy for us, even those of us with years of experience selling hundreds of homes. And some of us are "smart enough."
Let me ask you this question - would you let somebody who had never sold a home before take responsibility for selling your home, even for free?
Because that "somebody" is - you.
All the best,
Can you do it easily? No. As Mack says, it often isn't easy even for professionals. There's a huge amount of work that you don't see, all of which has to be done properly. Plus lots of marketing. Often, lots of negotiation. Honestly: If it were easy, everyone would do it and there'd be no need for Realtors. So: Easily--no. Possible--yes.
Is it worth it to use a Realtor? Almost always. When would it not be worth it? A private sale, maybe between family members, when the questions of value, the need for negotiation, and so on aren't significant. In that case, it'd make more sense just to go to a lawyer. Or for a period of a year or two back in 2005-2006 when any property seemed to sell almost instantly . . . when getting financing wasn't a problem . . . when there was no problem pricing a property above what your neighbor's sold for last week because someone was willing to pay more, the appraisers were willing to give a high appraisal, and the banks were begging borrowers to take their money.
But now, when it's gotten a lot more difficult to sell, when your marketing needs to be effective, when your home has to show well, when lenders and appraisers have tightened up on their criteria--yes, it's almost always worth it to use a Realtor.
Hope that helps.
I would honestly give it a try. Some of the most appreciative clients we have had are former for sale by owners. Yes, many people have sold their homes themselves. Most of those were during the boom, or to family/friends/neighbors. If it doesn't work out there will certainly be an agent there wanting to assist in selling your home.
Hiring a Realtor would most likely be in your best interests - to avoid potential lawsuits in the future.
However, if your husband is pushing you to do it yourself, make sure you know all the laws in your area about selling Real Estate, make sure you know all disclosures you are required to provide the buyer, make sure you have all verbiage in all contracts and required paperwork, etc.
I would advise ALL people (including Realtors) to use a Realtor.
If you are smart enough, you know enough to use a quality professional to handle the issues that require a specialist. An agent has to know law, marketing, negotiations, be up to date on the current market, their fellow agents and contracts just to name a few things.
I've represented lawyers, Drs, engineers and lots of very smart professionals in other fields I knew a little about, but I'm not qualified to practice. Don't get me wrong, an agent is not equal to a Dr, lawyer or engineer, but we know enough more about our profession to be of value.
My strong advice is to hire the best, most experienced and qualified agent you can find. A good agent brings value to a transaction. A bad agent or none at all can cost you more than just the commission.
Just my 2 cents :)
I don't believe that it is a question of whether you are a savvy sales person and know how to ready and present your home for sale, but rather it's the vast array of marketing tools that many agents have to utilize to give your home maximum exposure on the internet.
More than 90% of buyers begin their search for a home on the internet. An experienced agent knows and has the marketing dollars to post your home's listing on a multitude of web sites which would cost you thousands of dollars to even come close to that amount of exposure.
It's best to hire an experienced agent that you feel comfortable with as they will work hard to get your home sold quickly and for the highest price that the market can bear.
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Anyway, we decided to go with a realtor. I am snappy and bright, but I am not confident in myself regarding this one thing.
Our world has become one of specialization. Ask doctors, lawyers, MBA's, educators etc. why they elect to use the services of a real estate professional.
Yes, anyone can find a home that meets their needs but making a purchase "solo" certainly increases the chances of encountering problems that could cause you to question your otherwise "good intentions."