Selling your own home - For sale by owner
Most people don't realize how much time it takes to sell a home on your own. For those working full time - it's difficult to take time off for showings. Purchasers usually want showings at all times of the day and being unable to accomodate them may result in a lost sale. It can be especially difficult if you throw young children into the mix. Trying to show your home with them present can be a challenge! There is also the issue of security. Putting a For Sale by Owner sign in your front yard can be an invitation for strangers to come to your door and gain entry into your home. Most real estate agents qualify their clients and would have met with them prior to the showing which would lower this risk significantly.
A real estate agent can also educate you on the market and the comparables in your area. If you are a diligent home owner, you can find out some of this information online, but realtors are in the midst of the market and may have a better idea of what is happening than you do. They may also be able to offer a more objective opinion on your home and it's value as most everyone has an emotional attachment to their home and often feel it is worth more than what the market will bear.
There is alot of paperwork involved in selling your home. Some of the conditions and clauses in the contracts can be confusing and hard to translate into layman's terms. Having a real estate agent representing you will allow you to have someone fully explain all these terms and all the steps that follow an accepted offer. They can also ensure that all the deadlines are met and will be there to help smooth out any rough spots that may follow inspections or financing terms. Knowing you have a professional who has been through the selling process many times should be reassuring and can relieve alot of the stress involved in selling your home.
There are in fact, some people who do successfully sell their home without the help of a real estate agent. But for those who don't have the time or the desire to do it themselves, a real estate agent whom you can trust is a welcome alternative.
We hope you will contact us to find out why you should choose us to represent you in this most important milestone in your life.