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Sarah, Both Buyer and Seller in Las Vegas, NV

Why I have to use agent to sell my house?

Asked by Sarah, Las Vegas, NV Tue Dec 4, 2012

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Hello Sarah,

You don't have to use a Realtor, though as you know it's highly recommended.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 5, 2013
In addition to the great responses below, I want to add that you do not "HAVE" to use an agent.

However, a good agent will often times get you more money for your home even after paying the commissions by exposing your home to more potential buyers and maximizing your sales price with their ability to negotiate on your behalf. An experienced agent will know the pulse of the market and be able to advise you on what fees, costs, and sales price you should be able to get for your home.

Best Regards,
Robert Adams
The Adams Team at
Rothwell Gornt Companies
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 10, 2012
Terrific answers below from some great agents! No matter your location, majority of agents/brokers are frequently updating their skills and education in contracts, negotiations, marketing, financing and analysing market data to hone in on the fastest and most productive way to sell a house.

Our educators consist of:
Title Companies
County Administrators
City Executives
Legal Services
Marketing Specialists
Technology Professionals

And the list goes on. If you could look behind the the curtain you may be very surprised at what is required to be a good agent. When you hire a good agent/broker you are getting far more than meets the eye. Buying and selling real estate looks easy and even exciting when you click through the various websites offering "How to" information to potential buyers and sellers. There is othing better than making a five minute phone call to get real answers to your important questions.

Good luck to you and I wish you all the best!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
Sarah..the question is why not to use an agent?
If you are taking your time to ask this question here..I am assuming that you tried selling your house
By yourself or you are shortselling your house and need the help of a professional Real Estate agent.

I can write a long presentation list of why you should conceder hiring a professional experience agent..which my fellow agents did, but I will just ask you a question:

When you need to present yourself in court, do you hire a licensed professional attorney that knows the laws and can help you win your case or do you take the chance and decides to represent yourself?

Being a real estate agent today means knowing new laws and new regulations every day, it means working 10-12 hours a day for you dealing with banks,negotiators ,appraisers, Federal regulations and etc. It means knowing all the inside and outs of dealing with banks, agents, sellers and buyers. In simple ..it means the best representation you can have to make sure you sell your house in the shortest time possible and closing the deal with best best offer so you can move on.

Rena Levy
Certified International Property Specialist
Realty Executives of Nevada
Web Reference: Http://www.cvegashomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
You don't have to use a Realtor, however would you try to practice law yourself?
There are many professional realtors in your area, I suggest you research, call and set up interviews. There are laws and consumer rights that you may not be aware of. Do you have a relationship with a lender? What about Safety issues? I have found that alot of FSBO's usually give up and call the realtor that has been staying in contact with that particular seller. Remember we have a duty to give a 100% on marketing your home and getting you the best possible price for your home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
Hi Sarah,

Here are just a few questions you should ask if your thinking of selling your house yourself.

1. What kind of liability do I open myself up for when doing it on my own?
2. Do I have relationships (Lenders, Escrow etc) in the industry to assure it gets done properly?
3. Do I know and understand the kinds of disclosures I need to put in place?
4. How much marketing knowledge do I have to create interest to assure the highest offers?
5. Where would I advertise my property to generate traffic and what does that cost?
6. What is happening with the courts and the Notice of Defaults that could effect my transaction?
7. What if my house appraises for less than the contract price, what are my options?
Generally speaking - what are the things that will likely to happen to me in this transaction that I
don't know about?

Being a Realtor in Las Vegas comes with a large responsibility of having to know a great number of details to assure your clients are informed and are in the best possible position. Missing any of the details or not understanding the market or the information, could have a large impact on you, and your bottom line. Having all the right people involved on the other hand can make this a smooth easy process for you!

If you do decide to move forward, please contact me so I can give you at least some of the tools and information you will need to be successful.

Best regards,
Dean Decker
(702) 727-3753
Web Reference: http://www.DeanDeckerLV.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
Hi Sarah. You do not have to use an agent to sell your home, but it is a good idea. Any agent you choose should be saving you the money you spend. There is a lot involved from marketing, to title, to legal, to inspections and the list goes on and on. An agent will guide you through the process and make the transaction go smoothly.
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Good luck, Kelly
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
You don't; however to consider your house is your home. Emotions are homebound---selling your house is a business transaction. In a business, a professional is able to best to protect your interests. A real estate professional is better at selling your house than you could be at selling your home
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
You do not HAVE to but if you want to sell it quickly and at the best obtaonable price, then you should. A good agents will save you much more than commission you pay in a maximum sales price, quicker sale and less stress.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
Why do you use a dentist to get your teeth fixed? Why use a lawyer when you can defend yourself in court? You use a professional because you don't have the experience and understand when it comes to what is likely to be the single largest financial transaction you'll ever be involved in that you want the assistance and expertise of an experienced professional.

Some things to consider: What is your marketing budget and where will you advertise your home? How will you handle showings (remember Buyers hate it when the Seller is around), What's your experience with evaluating real estate contracts? How are your negotiation skills and can you keep your emotions at bay when negotiating? There are dozens of other things a real professional agent does but I think I've made my point. You as the home owner can do anything you like but then you could also choose to fix your own broken bones if you wanted to and save the money a doctor or hospital would charge you.

That said most agents aren't that good and I don't mind saying that many should never have been issued a license. If you realize that you would benefit from having a professional Broker represent your home, you need to be prepared to interview several. You want someone who has been in business at least 5 or more years. Who sells and closes at least 15 or more properties a year, (ask for evidence) and who has an extensive online marketing program (that's where the buyers are) that they can show you. They should use professional photographers and be readily available when you call or email them. You can begin looking for such an agent here on Trulia. When you find a few that look good, check on Realtor.com, and Zillow to see if there active there as well. Also try Goggling their names to see what comes up.

Regardless of what you decide, I wish you all the best.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
You don't. There are lots of other websites where you can advertise your home for sale by owner. And you can do all the things that need to be done, or pay an attorney to do all the things that need to be done, rather than pay a realtor. However, neither you nor your attorney are an expert at getting homes sold, so you will not have the advantage of having a professional on your team.

Real Estate Professionals have the tools, they know how to market your home effectively, they know how to negotiate the best deal on your behalf, they know which home inspection issues are important and which are not and they know how to coordinate all the other aspects of the sale so that the very complex process goes smoothly. Statistics show that homeowners actually get MORE MONEY in their pocket at the end of the day when they pay a realtor than when they do not. So, the answer is, you don't HAVE to use an agent, but you would be foolish not to.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 4, 2012
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