Buying or selling a home seems to be a way of life for a lot of people in today’s world. When you buy, you definitely want to get the most for your money. Many people think they can go it alone when it comes to buying or selling a home and it’s true that some people may be able to handle all the details. In reality, real estate is an intricate process that requires a lot of knowledge about the local real estate market, contracts, escrow, loans, appraisals and referrals. Realtors know how to navigate the process.
Realtors Know How to Professionally List Your Property- In today’s world it is NOT enough to upload your photos and information into a few random sites. To get the most exposure you need professional photos and the ability to manage the listing.
Realtors Know How to Prepare Sellers- Before you sell, your home must be in the best condition possible in order for you to get the best possible price. Your Realtor can advise you on what repairs need to be completed and can offer referrals for the contractors to complete the work. You can also conduct an inspection prior to listing your home so you know in advance what items need attention.
Realtors Can Help Sellers Prepare for Showings- Your first impression is vital. All repairs need to be completed and the home needs to be clean and decluttered. This means everything from maintaining the curbside appeal to the little details, like setting a dining room table with your best dishes or staging a room. The home must be open and inviting, no odors and opening blinds and lighting.
Realtors Can Help Get Buyers through the Doors- Realtors not only drive traffic to your home, they know how to manage it. Open houses can be arranged so you get as many visitors as possible. They also work with buyers so that showings are more convenient for you. This is especially important if you still are living in the home. Realtors also can help weed through potential candidates so you don’t waste your time and can make sure your potential buyers are loan approved.
Realtors Know How to Objectively Negotiate- You may think that preparing your home for sale and showing it are stressful, but receiving offers can be difficult. The goal for any sale is to get the most money for a home while the buyer’s goal is to pay the least. Your Realtor can help you stay reasonable without letting you take a lowball offer. They will also be able to navigate a multi-bid situation and counter offers. Negotiations can fall apart due to each side having different concerns. Each party needs to know where the other stands during each step of the process. Closing can be a confusing process and there is a lot of paperwork. Your Realtor has been through this many times and can explain the process along the way.