That's a great question. If putting information about your house on the internet was all it took to have a successful sale in the end, it would be crazy. Real estate agents do so much more than that, though. Just one service a real estate agent provides is negotiating.
In todayâ€™s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way â€“ from the original offer, to the possible re-negotiation of that off after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal â€“ you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.
Here are just some of the people your agent will potentially negotiate with on your behalf; the buyer, the buyer's agent, the buyer's attorney, the home inspection company, the termite company, the buyers lender, the appraiser, the city, your bank, and then this list could double if your buyer has a buyer. A good real estate agent not only has the skills and experience necessary to negotiate with all these people, they can and will spend hours doing so. Most people don't have the skill, experience or time it takes to keep something so complex as a real estate transaction together to the very end.
Negotiating is just one of the many services provided by a real estate agent and just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good real estate agent will save you money, not cost you money.