Hiring a Realtor….Why Should You?

Photo Credit: LighterSideOfRealEstate

Photo Credit: LighterSideOfRealEstate

I’ve been running into a great deal of For Sale By Owner homes lately. In this area, they are EVERYWHERE and the market here is doing well, so it seems like a great idea to save yourself some money on Realtor fees, right? It seems easy enough to put up a sign and wait for people to come to you. Maybe you list it on Zillow or FSBO websites that claim they use a great MLS (multiple listing service). And still, nothing has quite panned out. So, what’s the deal? Let me share with you WHY hiring a professional is worth your time.

EXPOSURE

You’ve listed on a FSBO site/MLS. That’s great. The thing is it’s not the same MLS most realtors/people are looking at when searching for homes. We, as Realtors, pay a good bit of money to be members of THE MLS that is most useful and beneficial to our clients. It shows us almost every home currently on the market. The problem with you having listed your home on a different MLS is that we can’t show your home if we can’t see it. Most Realtors aren’t looking in all the different MLS sites that show FSBO listings because there are so many of them.

When we list your home on the market MLS, every Realtor with a client looking for the criteria your home fulfills will see your home. They will show your home. They will sell your home. If you want maximum exposure, it is worth hiring a Realtor, I promise!

SELLING YOUR HOME IS A LOT OF WORK

When you allow us to market your home for you, the easy part for you is WE DO THE WORK FOR YOU. And we love it because we are helping you. We do this EVERY DAY. Believe me when I say it can get stressful dealing with lenders, brokers, attorneys, closing agents, title companies, insurance companies, etc. Yep. ALL those people are involved in it. And YOU will be the one dealing with ALL of them if you go it alone. It can get crazy real quick. Lucky you, that is exactly what I am trained to do as a Realtor: Reign in the crazy and sell your home so you don’t have to mess with it. Not to mention the fact that what you bought your home for however many years ago is NOT an accurate representation of what you should ask for it now. The real estate market is CONSTANTLY changing. Have your realtor come out and do a FREE market analysis on your home to determine what is the maximum amount the current market will support for your home. Don’t make this hard on yourself. This is what we live for. WE LOVE OUR JOB. Use our love for Real Estate to YOUR advantage.

WHY ARE YOU SELLING YOUR HOME?

Did you just have a new baby and need a bigger place? Empty-nesting and downsizing? Moving closer to family? Moving for a new job? Did you know that listing your home with a Realtor can get your home sold TWICE as fast as FSBO?  That means that we can help you get to where you’re going faster. And here’s a secret: Because we know the local market and can do a FREE market analysis on your home, we can often net you MORE money when you list it. Let us help you achieve your goals faster!

Until next time,

Cate

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