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Why Selling Your House Without a Realtor Can Cost You More Than You Think

Stress in Selling a house

Considering selling your house as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO)? Be aware that the process involves more time and expertise than meets the eye. While the prospect of handling everything independently might be tempting, it's crucial to understand the challenges you might encounter. According to a recent Bankrate article:

“Selecting the right price, creating a compelling listing, marketing to potential buyers, coordinating showings, preparing paperwork: All of these are tasks that, without a real estate agent, you'll have to tackle on your own.”

Here's further insight into a few of these aspects and what you might miss out on without the assistance of an agent. You May Not Price it Right Setting the right price for your house is crucial for a successful sale. Real estate agents possess the expertise to navigate the current housing market and understand the art of pricing a home competitively. Unfortunately, homeowners selling on their own often lack this essential experience, leading to two common pitfalls: overpricing or underpricing.

An article from NerdWallet provides this insight:

“If your home is overpriced, you run the risk of buyers not seeing the listing. . . . But price your house too low and you could end up leaving some serious money on the table. A bargain-basement price could also turn some buyers away, as they may wonder if there are any underlying problems with the house.”

Avoid these risks by partnering with an agent who can ensure your house is priced at the current market value, increasing its visibility to eager buyers and making a strong first impression.

You Don’t Have as Much Experience in Marketing a House In the digital age, online marketing has become a significant game-changer, particularly in the realm of selling real estate. According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

“Among all generations of home buyers, the first step taken in the home search process was to look online for properties.”

By teaming up with a real estate agent well-versed in leveraging online marketing tools and resources, you can position your property in front of tech-savvy home seekers, significantly enhancing your chances of a successful sale. However, if you opt to sell your house independently, you may miss out on the full potential of online and social media strategies.

You May Not Be Comfortable Handling All the Back-and-Forth When you embark on the journey of selling your house, you're not just searching for a buyer; you're entering a realm of negotiations. This involves coordination with various individuals, including the buyer, the buyer’s agent, the inspection company, the appraiser, and more. It's a delicate dance where each move matters, and the expertise of a real estate agent can prove invaluable in navigating these negotiations and finalizing the deal.

As noted by NerdWallet:

“Your listing agent will also, of course, be on your side throughout negotiations. They'll double-check paperwork that comes through, communicate with the buyer's agent and other parties to the sale, and generally stay on top of things through to closing day.” Bottom Line

If you're thinking about selling your house and the idea of going it alone has crossed your mind, be sure to think through that decision carefully. Let's connect to discuss how a real estate agent has the experience needed to take all that stress off your plate. 626-653-6903 | | 388 E Valley Blvd UNIT 106, Alhambra, CA 91801

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