Published by Kartik Subramaniam
"Why do I need a Realtor, anyway? My house is beautiful and it should be easy to get the best price for my home. How hard can that really be?”
Many people pondering selling their home ask themselves some variation of those questions early in the process. On the one hand, it's natural to wonder why you need help during a process that seems fairly simple with the help of the Internet.
But at the same time, selling a home is so much more than just another transaction. It can be a long, complicated and precise process that is unfortunately easy to "get wrong" - which is why partnering with a Realtor isn’t only a recommendation these days.
For most people it's become a requirement for a lot of reasons that I wanted to outline below.
Maybe the most important reason to bring in a Realtor is that the process of successfully selling a home isn't just lengthy - it can also be inherently complicated. A Realtor brings with him or her a wealth of experience that you simply won't be able to match on your own.
Think about all of the forms, reports, disclosures and other documents that you'll need to complete as a part of this process. Typically these number in the dozens - all of which are filled with reams of technical jargon that can be difficult to understand. Unless you're prepared to become a master in the field while also devoting as much of your attention as possible on getting the best deal for yourself, the chances are high that you may be looking at unfortunate delays (or worse - costly mistakes) if you get this part of the process “wrong."
A Realtor, on the other hand, can help you avoid all of these issues so that you can focus on the big picture piece that matters most: the sale itself. Indeed, they're a partner in the best sense of the term - one that is every bit as vested in your own success as you are.
Another one of the major reasons why working with a Realtor is a good idea is because they're true experts in the state of the market. Active real estate professionals study the market intently. Not just from behind a desk, but also in the field. They are out there each and every day looking at homes and properties just like yours. They really have their finger on the pulse of the market. An overpriced listing is one of the main reasons that property doesn’t sell. A solid Comparative Market Analysis done by an active Realtor can help ensure that your property is priced realistically and competitively.
Everyone wants to get the best deal when selling their home, but everyone has a different definition of the term "best". By providing you with access to objective information rooted in the study of the local real estate market, a Realtor can make sure that everything about your deal proceeds properly.
Note that oftentimes the peace-of-mind that comes with this alone is more than worth the decision for most people.
At the end of the day, one of the most important reasons why consumers hire a Realtor has to do with getting your property in front of as many eyes as possible, all in the name of building anticipation and excitement through all marketing channels.
One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of people make when trying to sell a home on their own involves the assumption that properties sell based largely on advertising alone. "All I have to do is take some incredible pictures and create listing on all of the popular sites like Redfin and Zillow", they tell themselves. "At that point, my house will pretty much sell itself!”
A lot of people don't realize that a significant portion of real estate sales actually come from the contacts that a Realtor brings with them. This includes relationships with past clients who may be in the market for a home again, renters looking to buy, and their own personal network of friends, family members and other associates. Because of this, a Realtor can expose your property to a wider audience than ever - something that you would again be hard-pressed to replicate on your own.
But overall, maybe the biggest advantage of working with a Realtor ties directly into the negotiation power and knowledge that they've spent their careers honing and perfecting.
All of this is to say that yes - it is entirely possible in 2020 to sell your home on your own. Some people even find success in it. But at the same time... is this actually something you want to do alone, especially if you've never done it before? When the stakes are this high, would you really want to turn down the opportunity to bring someone into the conversation who has been in this situation many times in the past?
In the vast majority of all situations, the answers to those questions are "no" - which is why partnering with a Realtor you trust is and will always be a good idea.
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