Imagine you had no prior knowledge of how to cook a meal but you decided that without instructions you would make Thanksgiving dinner for your extended family. Chances are the meal would be an absolute failure and a few people might walk away with food poisoning from undercooked meat. That’s what trying to sell a house without a real estate agent is like. You might be able to do it, but the end result is going to be a very messy, unpleasant affair. And unlike your thanksgiving dinner, there’s a lot more on the line than getting on the bad side of a few family members. Here are 4 reasons why you should use a real estate agent when selling a home.
1. They’re experts
Like most professions it takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to become an expert. Real estate agents have an expert understanding of both the market and buyers. Not only will they help with their cornucopia of knowledge, in many cases, an agent can help you get more for your home.
2. They know how to sell a home
A real estate agent guides you with exactly you need to do to get your home sold. They can help by telling you what inexpensive things can be done to your home to enhance its curb appeal, and hopefully, get you more money in the long run.
3. They act as an intermediary during negotiations
Most deals involve some amount of negotiations between all parties involved. A real estate agent can be an idea intermediary between you and the buyer bringing all the knowledge and none of the potentially sale-ending emotional reactions.
4. They will represent you throughout the sale
When a purchase agreement is signed, it doesn’t mean the sale is over and closed. A real estate agent will represent you to the end, helping navigate through the confusing, overwhelming and seemingly endless paperwork that needs to be completed. For example if unexpected repairs are required, a real estate agent may help you resolve the issues and make sure the transaction closes.
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