Hiring a REALTOR instead of doing it yourself can save you stress and time.
It may seem that homes are selling really fast in your neighborhood these days. So fast, in fact, that you are tempted to just stick a “FOR SALE” sign in your yard and handle the selling of your home yourself. Before you go ahead and do that, consider why it pays to hire a REALTOR vs doing it yourself. You just might be surprised how much time and work it takes to sell a home.
Education and Experience
Real estate agents have the background necessary to price, market and sell your home in a timely fashion. If they are part of the National Association of REALTORS , they also have extra education to meet the association’s high standards and code of ethics. This education and training means you have a highly skilled professional working on your behalf to get your house sold.
Not only do REALTORS understand the current market climate, they also understand the nuances from one neighborhood to the next and how that might affect price, competition and time on the market.
Agents know people who know people…who might be in the market for a house just like yours. They also have access to new house listings days before they hit the MLS. Those precious days can mean a jump start in finding or selling a home.
Agents can handle all the hard stuff when it comes to selling or buying a house. They can listen to the critical comments with an open mind, they can help you complete the changes you need to make to your home in order to get it sold, and they can be a tough negotiator on your behalf. All this helps reduce your stress and risk.
The average real estate file is about 3-5 inches thick by the time closing is done. A purchase agreement now averages 10+ pages. Any tiny mistake or omission on any of these documents can mean delays, thousands of dollars or jeopardize your sale altogether.
It seems pretty obvious that this major purchase should be trusted to a professional. You may be smart and savvy, but frankly, a licensed REALTOR knows more about home buying and selling and is your best bet for a successful transaction. Go with a pro.
The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.