Why Work With a Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

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When selling your home, you may not be legally required to have a real estate agent manage this process for you, but this doesn't mean that you should forego their help and expertise. Note a few reasons why you should consider working with a real estate agent when selling your home and the advantages they can offer you.

Pricing

It can be tempting to price your home as high as possible, thinking you'll negotiate with buyers for something lower. However, if you price your home too high, you may never have buyers even look at your home as they may search online within a certain price range. If your home is not in that range, they may never see it. A real estate agent can advise on a fair price that will still get buyers through the door.

Appearance

A real estate agent is like your partner in selling, and they can advise you on everything you need to do to make your home more attractive to buyers, including improving its appearance. They may walk through your property and note where landscaping needs maintenance, and also note if your home looks appealing on the inside. They may realize how even small things like bold colors of paint and too much clutter can put buyers off and give you suggestions for making the home look attractive inside and out.

Codes and legal requirements

Before you sell your home, you may need to meet many legal requirements, including inspections to see if it's up to certain building codes as well as an inspection for asbestos or other hazardous materials. There are also legal requirements and regulations as to selling a home that you might be overlooking; for example, it may be against the law in your area to discriminate against a potential buyer because of their race or religion. To avoid potential legal problems with the selling process, it's good to leave it to a real estate agent who will know all these requirements and ensure you are compliant while selling.

Advertising and open houses

A real estate agent knows the advantages of advertising your home in a number of different ways and of having open houses for buyers to tour the entire home. They can arrange such open houses, help you get the home ready, and then also advertise the home in various trade magazines, online resources, and other areas that you may not be aware of, increasing the number of potential buyers who may see your home.


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