Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker

Selling Your Home

Selling your home can quickly become an overwhelming daunting task. There are many factors to take into consideration before you even list your home. Factors such as how much you will list it for, is now a good time to list, is there are particular marketing plan you should follow or what is the best way to market? Having a real estate agent on your side can make the process of selling your home a much easier task, and will help you gain a better perspective as well as gain the most return on your home. 

You wouldn't replace the roof on your home without a trusted roofer. Why would you then make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Realtor?

 

What A Sellers Real Estate Agent Does

A sellers agent plays an integral role in the selling process of a home. Selling a home can be a very stressful time for all involved including both buyers and sellers. It would make sense to hire a Realtor to take some of that stress and anxiety off of you by helping you sell your home. 

Just a few of the things your Realtor will do for you:

  • Guide you on the best price to list at. Taking in all surrounding information including recent sold and listed property together we will come up with the best list price to get your home sold quickly.
  • Keep you up to date on current market information
  • Market your property aggressively. That may mean recommending certain staging to make your home more attractive to buyers and to stand apart from other homes in the area. 
  • A real estate agent's full time job is to act as a liaison between buyers and sellers, a buffer of sorts. 
  • Real estate agents network with other professionals and can provide you with a list of names of trustworthy vendors that can take care of any needed repairs, landscaping, pool maintenance, professional organizers etc.
  • They handle volumes of paperwork on your behalf and keep everyone updated on all written/signed documents.
  • They will help you negotiate the best possible price for your home. Including the negotiating of closing costs and repairs.  

Going it alone

So before you deciding to go it alone I would highly recommend taking a look at all that is involved and the effort that will need to put forth to sell your home alone and ask  yourself a few questions.

  • Do you have a contract?
  • Who will pay closing costs?
  • Who is responsible for repairs?
  • What if the buyer changes their mind, what recourse do you have?
  • Who will do title search?
  • Who will pay attorney's fees?
  • Will I really save money if you sell it yourself?
  • How are your negotiating skills, can you leave the attachment and emotion out of the negotiating process?

As you can see there really is a lot to think over. Hiring a Realtor may be one of the best decision you can make when it comes to the selling process of your home.