Ask any real estate professional and they’ll tell you that this time of year is the undisputed champion of seasons for selling. If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, this may be the perfect time to get started. But before you jump in and start a do-it-yourself Google search, here are some reasons why using a real estate agent is the way to go for a stress free Summer sale.
Real estate agents are there to help get your home ready.
Despite a growing DIY culture, they still have valuable experience and expertise that can’t be easily replaced with Pinterest searches and a trip to the home improvement store. And, during the peak season for vacations, outdoor sports and more, going overboard on finishes may cost you time you don’t have. By working with someone who can break down the necessities from the optional updates you’ll get the most bang for your buck (or in this case, your time). An experienced agent will be able to help you get your home ready to list on the market and sell quickly by assisting to select small updates that you can make without going overboard. Whether it’s a minor bathroom remodel, a minor kitchen remodel or outdoor additions, a little improvement will help give your home curb appeal. So ask an agent what buyers in your area are looking for before getting started.
Experienced agents know your market and your homes appropriate value.
The valuation process includes the assessed value of a home based on market value and a complex set of calculations and a competitive analysis of past transactions within the area. Agents compare homes to one another adding and deducting value based on the age of the home, size, location, recent sold listings and amenities in order to list your home at the price buyers be willing to pay for it. While there are online tools to use, having someone who has expertise in your local market is an advantage as they’ll be able to price your home to sell and make sure you’re getting the best return on your original investment.
Real estate agents take the pressure off of you.
Once your home is listed on the market, calls of interest, open houses and showings will likely take place before an offer is submitted. If you decide to go with the FBSO approach, you’ll be handling all of the calls and attempting to schedule showings yourself. It’s important to keep in mind that small windows of showing times, missed calls and delayed responses can turn off buyers and can cause you to miss out on potential offers.
And what’s worse than missing offers? Missing important points in the paperwork. The home buying and selling process can be a nerve racking experience and inevitably involves lengthy paperwork. Real estate agents can save you time and cut down on stress by ensuring that you fill out the right paperwork at the right time and in the right way. Experienced agents have learned how to ensure your sale closes quickly and successfully. An agent might complete as many deals in a week or a month as most clients will do in their lifetimes. They’ve dealt with problems that arise during underwriting, inspections and closings, so they can anticipate problems before they come up or resolve them quickly if they do. Working with an agent can save you time that you’d spend listing FSBO and keep your summer stress free.
Author: Joseph Sabato
Joseph ranks in the Top 1% of Keller Williams agents in the United States and is ranked #1 in sales for KW Martin County agents. Interested in finding or selling a home in Martin County? Call 772-237-3435