Do I Need a Realtor to Sell My House?

Think you’re saving money by selling without the help of a Realtor? Think again. Learn the hidden risks and costs of opting for no Realtor.Avoiding the help of a Realtor may tempt an owner looking to save money. The do-it-yourself approach might appear to be free but it can come at a cost:  marketing fails to impress, buyer negotiations get out of hand, and preventable legal binds stop the house from closing. There are many reasons to work with a Realtor – all of which equal less time a house sits on the market and more money in your pocket. Contact us today for Realtors who work for you.

Why a Seller’s Agent is Your Best Friend

A dedicated Seller’s agent, such as the team at The Donnelly Group, has years of local market experience and professional knowledge – all dedicated to selling your house. He or she is bound by fiduciary duties to have your best interest above all else and will work tirelessly to ensure your house has its best chance of selling.

Sellers who use Realtors move houses much faster, since the agent has access to the Multiple Listing System, the best marketing channels and insider industry information. From curb appeal to finishing touches, agents know which amenities attract buyers.  A seller’s agent with years of experience is your best shot at prepping your house for maximum buyer attraction.

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When it comes to marketing, most DIY sellers begin and end with a sign out front and maybe a post on Craigslist. These frugal marketing efforts won’t generate the necessary interest in your house and will result in it sitting on the market for much longer than it should. More importantly, we have all heard about the scams and pitfalls that can arise from these types of efforts.  Instead, capitalize on a Realtor’s extensive marketing knowledge and benefit from the higher level of interest it generates.

Realtors Often Get More for Your Home

In a report on home buyer’s and sellers, the National Association of Realtors provided statistics on the average home sale in 2015.  For Sale By Owner (FSBO’s) sales, the average price was $210,000 whereas Realtor®  assisted home sales averaged $249,000.  So, if you were trying to save the average 6% commission (commissions are negotiable), you would save $15,000.  But, according to the statistics, you would lose nearly $40,000 in a reduced sales price.  Not to mention, the Realtor is an invaluable resource throughout the entire process.

Leave the Negotiations to the Professionals

When you leave the negotiations in the hands of a professional, you’re guaranteed to get the best possible price for your listing. Your seller’s agent has exclusive fiduciary responsibility to you, as the Seller, and can recommend when to hold out for a better offer and when to take the one you have. He or she will also manage all of the necessary paperwork, making the sale completely legal.

Get Started with a Realtor Today

If you’re ready to benefit from having an expert seller’s agent on your side, contact us for efficient, reliable Realtors.  The Donnelly Group is devoted to improving the lives of our clients, one home at a time.

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The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes from MRIS. Listing information comes from various brokers who participate in the MRIS IDX. Properties listed with brokerage firms other than The Donnelly Group of Keller Williams Integrity are marked with the MRIS Logo and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers. The properties displayed may not be all the properties available. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified.