When the time comes to sell your home, you’ll need to decide whether to hire a Realtor® or list it for sale by owner (FSBO). Many people are choosing to enlist real estate agents due to the benefits a professional provides. From their invaluable resources to industry connections, here are a few reasons why the investment is well worth the cost.
Why Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home?
1. Access to Industry Connections
Having the right network makes all the difference in selling a home. When you hire an established agent, you leverage their industry connections. They know service providers, such as photographers and stagers, who are willing to provide quality services at reasonable prices. These deals save you a lot of time, money, and hassle when preparing to put your house on the market. They also know agents who represent qualified buyers and will get them to look at your property.
2. Tools & Experience
It used to be that FSBO home sellers could put a “For Sale” sign in their yard and post an ad in the newspaper. However, the real estate industry is evolving. Most people search for homes online, and an agent has the latest cutting-edge tools to reach target markets. Forgoing that advantage cuts out a significant portion of your potential buyers. A professional also has experience marketing homes, handling the paperwork, and negotiating with interested parties.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the biggest problem that FSBO sellers experience is getting the right price. In 2016, the average FSBO home sold for $190,000 compared to the average agent-assisted sale of $249,000. The difference in price is staggering; it means that sellers will likely earn more money if they hire an agent, even after paying out the commission.
When you’re ready to sell your property, choose an experienced Realtor who provides complete services throughout the entire sale. Jim Haldeman at RE/MAX Homes & Hills Realty in Black River Falls, WI, has over 16 years of experience and leverages the latest tools to achieve the best sales for his clients. Learn more about how he can assist online. You can also reach the office by calling (715) 284-0610 to schedule a consultation today.