Why it Makes Sense to Work with an Agent

If you have ever wondered why it’s better to work with an agent rather than listing “by owner,” you aren’t alone. Superficially, selling a home seems easy – until you actually try it.

According to statistics, nearly 80% of people give up and list with an agent after months of costly and time-consuming delay.

Here is why agents matter more than ever:

Time

Showing homes, answering calls, responding to email, scheduling inspections and appraisals plus much more are time consuming tasks; more importantly, everything involved in a real estate transaction is time sensitive. Delays can cause a deal to fall through even at the last moment.

Promotion

Agents specialize in a specific location and know exactly what buyers are searching for in your area.
Not only do they know how to price right and grab the attention of prospective buyers, but many agents have an established list of buyers waiting for specific types of properties.
Successful real estate marketing requires extensive experience, time and persistence to achieve top prices in a buyer’s market.

Cost

Selling a home requires more than simply placing a sign on the front lawn; it also entails a lot of out-of-pocket expenses with no guarantee of success. Advertising can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, listing with a “by owner” agency or MLS service typically adds hundreds more.

Finally, it is important to remember that real estate agents split commissions between the listing agent and the selling agent. To attract attention to your home it is still necessary to split the commission with any agents who bring buyers to the table.

Working with a real estate agent is likely to save you money over the long run.

4 Ways to Tell if You Can Add Value to a Home

Learn how to add value to any home with these quick tips:

Deferred Maintenance: Small repairs and the general neglect of a home can make it appear less appealing than it really is. Don’t be detracted by deferred maintenance; instead, perform an inspection to eliminate the risk of serious problems, then use the condition as a negotiation tool.

First Impressions: More than one home has suffered from a bad first impression; overgrown shrubs, faded paint, lack of shutters and stained concrete walkways make any home look tired and dull. Fortunately, first impressions are fast and affordable projects; landscaping, pressure washing and a new doorknob quickly turn a tired entrance into an inviting space.

Lights and Appliances: Upgrading lights and appliances might be one of the best ways to add value to any home. Energy-efficient appliances and beautiful LED lighting not only provide a modern, up-to-date appearance but are quieter, easier to operate and more dependable than older models.

Cosmetically Challenged: Some homes simply suffer from poor taste; horrid carpets and personalized paint choices may have been the pride and joy of the original owner but don’t translate well into the general market. Rather than succumbing to the “shock and awe” when encountering a cosmetically challenged home, focus on the structure and surroundings instead. Cosmetic fixes often result in the largest “bang for the buck” when it comes to adding value to the price of a home.