Thinking about selling your home on your own without the help of a realtor? If so, you're likely missing out on the following services that they can offer you.
Creating the Listing
Everything starts with creating a great listing for your home, which is the one thing that many people look at before they even consider scheduling a showing. The listing needs to have a write up that helps attract buyers to your property, and great photos so that it draws attention from search results. You may be surprised at how difficult it is to write a great listing description until you try to do it yourself.
Hosting the Open House
Have you ever attended an open house that was hosted by the actual owners? You probably never had, because it is kind of an awkward situation. Buyers feel like they cannot talk openly about the home while the sellers are there, and sellers tend to be extra snoopy and follow the buyers around the property. By using a realtor, they will host the open house for you so that you don't have to do it on your own. It may encourage buyers to spend more time looking at the home and discussing it in person more critically.
Buyers tend to be very eager to see homes when they are willing to buy because they need to act quickly to make an offer. Unfortunately, arranging these showings can be very difficult to do on your own. If a buyer is trying to line up multiple showings in a row, they will likely do it during the day while you're at work. Will you be prepared to leave work at a moment's notice to host one of these showings? Probably not, which is why it helps to have a realtor to do it all for you.
It is always a good idea to have a bit of a buffer between you and the seller when it comes to negotiating. Someone that can help take emotions out of the process of selling your home and help you be a bit more realistic with how you want to negotiate with an interested seller. Having the expertise of an agent can help ensure that you are not valuing your home for less than what it is really worth.
Meet with a local realtor for more ideas on how they can help sell your home.