Reasons Why You Shouldn't Tackle Selling Your Home Without an Experienced Agent

Dated: December 13 2021

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Selling your property can be a monumental task. After all, you want to get top dollar for your home, but you might not know how to go about doing so! 

Some people are tempted to try selling their homes on their own to avoid things like real estate agent commissions. But this can make the sales process harder and cause you to miss out on important exposure to local buyers.  

You shouldn’t try to tackle selling your home without an experienced agent by your side. Having the perfect real estate partner can help you to make important decisions throughout the sales process, enjoying a better return on your investment.  

If you want to know how a real estate agent can help you, here are four key reasons why you need one to get your home sold fast!

First Impressions Matter

If you have lived in your home for a while, you might have become blind to certain flaws. That ding in the wall? You barely notice it anymore. 

Some imperfections may be rather small, such as a need for paint touch up. However, those same flaws are likely to catch the eyes of potential buyers, who will be comparing your property to others in the neighborhood. Even something as simple as scuffs and scrapes could lead buyers to believe that you haven’t taken great care of your home.  

An experienced real estate agent knows exactly what it takes to stage a home for sale. They can come in with a “buyer’s eye” and help you to know what issues will need to be addressed and which ones aren’t as important.

Looking to sell for the highest amount possible? An experienced realtor can advise you on the best paint colors to use, the right touches to add to your curb appeal, and more. 

Instead of wasting your money on things that don’t matter, a good agent can help you invest your dollars wisely on features and repairs that will stand out to buyers. 

Real Estate Agents Can Help You Price Your Home Right

How familiar are you with the market in your area? Many homeowners are capable of looking up projections on websites, but they aren’t experts in the value of local properties. A real estate agent knows what comparable properties in the area have sold for. They have a frame of reference for what your house could potentially sell for as well.  

You want to set a competitive price for your home. Pricing it too low means leaving money on the table. A price tag that is too high means that your home may sit on the market for far too long. It can even spell problems for a buyer’s appraisal.

Professional guidance is vital when you want to price your home right.

Access to More Buyers

Tackling a home sale by yourself means you will be solely responsible for finding buyers. To get the best offer, you’ll need to do more than stick a sign in your yard or pop up an ad on Craigslist.  

Real estate agents have access to more buyers and advertising than you would on your own. Beyond their own buyer network, they can leverage important advertising platforms such as: 

  • Social media sites

  • Agency websites

  • Postcards

  • MLS database 

A high-quality real estate agent can leverage their network to bring as many potential, qualified buyers to the table as possible. Instead of inviting every person who might want a look at your house, they’ll ensure that every showing represents a buyer who is ready, able, and qualified financially to make an offer.

A qualified agent should also help you to add value through excellent photographs and videos of your property. These high-quality pictures stand out to potential buyers, especially as more buyers browse online photos before scheduling showings than ever before. These essential tools can truly make or break the sale of your home.  

Real Estate Agents Have Professional Negotiation Skills

When you sell your home, you want to ensure that you receive top dollar. Negotiating this value can require a great deal of expertise. A real estate agent can help you remove emotions from the equation. Together, you can focus on the bottom line instead.  

If you decide to tackle selling your home on your own, you will be up against the buyer’s agent. They will have the negotiation experience that you lack. You may make impulsive and emotional decisions in response to their requests. This can lead to a sale that falls through or a bad business deal.  

You need an agent by your side to help you make counter-offers to a buyer’s initial request. They can tell you which terms are worth fighting for. If the initial request is reasonable, they can let you know that too. You won’t waste valuable time figuring out whether an offer is fair right off the bat. 

Getting the Most Out of Selling Your Home

Tackling the sale of your home on your own can be quite daunting. From pricing to staging to marketing, you need professional guidance to get the most money for your property. You need a qualified real estate agent to come alongside you in the process.  

Get the help you need to list your home. Contact RE/MAX Advantage Plus today to connect with an experienced agent!

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