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Selling Smart: Why Partnering with a Real Estate Agent Matters

Friday, June 21, 2024   /   by Dick Keenan

Selling Smart: Why Partnering with a Real Estate Agent Matters

Thinking about selling your home on your own as a "For Sale by Owner" (FSBO)? It might seem like a good idea at first, but handling the sale yourself can quickly become a stressful and complex task. Without the expertise of a professional, you're more prone to making mistakes that could cost you time and money.

According to a report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the two main challenges FSBO sellers face are setting the right price and managing the paperwork.

Here are some ways a real estate agent can simplify these tasks for you.

Pricing Your Home Correctly

Setting the correct price for your home is crucial. When selling on your own, you risk either overpricing or underpricing your property. Overpricing can scare away potential buyers, while underpricing might mean losing out on significant money. NerdWallet highlights the importance of first impressions when pricing your home:

“When selling a home, first impressions matter. Your house’s market debut is your first chance to attract a buyer, and it’s important to get the pricing right. If your home is overpriced, you run the risk of buyers not seeing the listing... But price your house too low and you could end up leaving some serious money on the table. A bargain-basement price could also turn some buyers away, as they may wonder if there are any underlying problems with the house.”

A real estate agent brings in-depth knowledge of the local market and can set a price that attracts buyers without leaving money on the table. Their expertise ensures your home is priced just right to make a great first impression.

Navigating Paperwork and Legalities

Selling a home involves a significant amount of paperwork and legal documents. Navigating these on your own can be overwhelming and risky, potentially leading to legal issues.

Real estate agents are well-versed in the necessary contracts and documentation. They guide you through the process, ensuring everything is completed accurately and in compliance with regulations. This expertise helps prevent mistakes that could delay the sale or cause legal problems. As First American explains:

“To buy or sell a home you need to accurately complete a lot of forms, disclosures, and legal documents. A real estate agent ensures you cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’ to help you avoid having a transaction fall through and/or prevent a costly mistake.”

By partnering with a real estate agent, you can rely on their knowledge to manage the paperwork efficiently and avoid any legal pitfalls.

Bottom Line

Selling your home on your own can be time-consuming and stressful. Working with a real estate agent ensures you get expert help with pricing, paperwork, and many other details. Let's connect to take the stress out of your home-selling process and achieve the best possible outcome.

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