10 Good reasons why you need a real estate agent

November 15th, 2016

Amelia Island Realty highlights what a realtor can do for you

When you are ready to sell your home, you want it to be as quick and painless as possible. You make think that doing it yourself will help accomplish this, but in reality, it’s more likely to slow you down. Amelia Island Realty explains why.

Your home is your largest investment. It is where you put down roots, raise a family and make a life for yourself. You don’t want to leave all that to chance, do you?

 

We’ve develop the top 10 things a Realtor will do for you.

 

 

 

 

  1. Get you the best price

Research has shown that homeowners who sell without a Realtor can lose as much as $40,000 from your ideal asking price. Pricing a home requires experience to weigh all the factors and ensure you’re not asking for too much – or too little.

  1. Invest the time it takes to do things right

Let’s face it. Do you really have the time to work, take care of your family, enjoy hobbies, spend leisurely time with friends and effectively sell your home? Remember, doing it on your own means scheduling open house visits, working with inspectors and handling closings.

  1. Manage and complete paperwork

Agreements, disclosure statements and contracts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the forms involved in selling a home. In addition, they are often written in legal-speak and can be difficult to understand. Realtors are trained to comprehend this information and translate it for you.

  1. Convey knowledge and information

How much do you really know about your neighborhood? You need information about aspects such as the demographics, quality of schools and stability in order to market to the right kind of buyer and price your home correctly.

  1. Offer after-closing experience

Even after the deal is done, questions often arise. Top qualify Realtors will still be available to help you navigate these issues as well.

  1. Give you access to service providers

Finding the right buyer is just the beginning. You also have to deal with lawyers, lenders, inspectors and appraisers to get everything done. Also, you need to find qualified professionals in each category. Realtors are in contact with these people on a daily basis and can put you in contact with the right providers to fit your needs.

  1. Take charge of negotiations

Selling your home on your own could expose you to bidding wars, all cash offers and aggressive tactics on the part of the buyers. Realtors are experienced negotiators and will work hard to get you the best deal.

  1. Sell your home efficiently and effectively

Even the best attorneys don’t represent themselves in court. You may consider yourself a good salesperson, and selling a home is different. It’s vital to know what buyers are looking for and how to show your home in the best possible light.

  1. Work to attract interested buyers

In order for potential buyers to be interested in your home, they have to know about it first. A great Realtor will know where and how to market your home and make it desirable to buyers.

  1. Reach more buyers

It is important to cast a wide net to get eligible leads. Your realtor will work days, nights and weekends to bring the most qualified customers to your door – literally.

According to research data from the Association of Realtors, 88% of homeowners who try first to sell their home “by owner,” ultimately end up hiring an agent anyway. This wastes valuable time that could be spent purchasing and enjoying your new home.

I should know. Before becoming a licensed real estate agent, I tried to sell three of my homes “by owner.”  Unsuccessfully. Each time, once we hired an agent, the homes sold within three to seven business days! I enjoy negotiating, selling and buying homes and I am eager to use my passion and intimate knowledge of Amelia Island to assist you in all your real estate needs.