Why Should You Hire A Realtor? – Grand Lake Realtor


Shelley Koster
Bartlesville and Grand Lake Realtor

You want to maximize profits when you are selling a house, and listing your house For Sale By Owner (FSBO) may seem like the best way to do that. It is natural to think that listing your home FSBO will save money on commission fees, but the question is at what cost?

Statistically, a home on the market listed FSBO takes longer to sell and eventually will sell for less than its real estate represented counterparts. When working with an experience REALTOR, you have years of expertise in negotiation techniques, pricing expertise, and market access; skills that are invaluable when trying to sell a home. The truth is hiring a real estate agent is not only an easier way to sell your home, it is also the smartest.

Here are five reasons why you should consider using a real estate professional the next time you sell your home.

1. Pricing

If you price a home too high you run the risk of the home sitting on the market too long and becoming a stale listing. On the other hand, if you price a home too low, then you will lose money.

Professional real estate agents know the finer details of your local market and they know how to optimize your home’s price based on those details.

2. Negotiation

The sale process of a home has three important negotiation components: the initial offer, the counteroffer, and the post-offer period, which includes the home inspections and requests for concessions. Each of these components require major negotiation knowledge, one step in the wrong direction and you can risk losing money or even a buyer.

At the end of the day, you are going to want a skilled negotiator by your side to walk you through the sale process and ensure your best interests.

3. Exposure

A real estate agent will offer exposure of your home’s listings to their network, which will give your home a better chance of selling faster, and closer to your asking price.

This type of network only comes with agents who have been in the industry and the local market for a long time.

4. Filtering

When you are selling a home your agent will act as a buffer.

They will filter out the leads and phone calls that go nowhere, making sure that only serious buyers are being showed your home. Plus, they will coax serious buyers to make an offer immediately, getting straight to the point and selling your home faster.

5. Smooth Selling

Not only are we incredibly witty with the occasional pun, but we also make sure that the sale process goes as smooth as we can make it.

Agents handle the paperwork that comes with selling a house, and we will be around after closing to answer any questions you might have about your sale.

In the end, it is always best to work smarter, not harder, and a real estate agent is a smart choice.

Until next time, keep loving our city!

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