Why You Should Hire an Agent to Sell Your Home

One thing we can’t help but notice around Davidson County is that people around here tend to be “do-it- yourself”-ers. And by that we mean these are handy, capable people living in these parts! We prefer not to hire someone to chop down a tree, or make a fancy cake, or even change the oil in our cars. We can do all that ourselves! And there is nothing wrong with any of that. However, we also notice a lot of people are trying to sell their homes on their own as well, and trying to sell your home on your own can lead to a lot of problems you may not be ready for, or even be aware of. Problems an experienced real estate agent can help you troubleshoot and understand as they arise. For example, working with an agent helps you to price your home right, first of all. They have access to other current and past listings, so they can easily run a comparative market analysis, or CMA, to make sure you are not pricing your home too high or too low. You may think your house should be priced to sell the same as the 3 bedroom brick colonial down the street, however a lot more factors go into pricing a piece of real estate other than style and location. Another good reason to hire an agent to sell your home is probably stating the obvious: they are just more knowledgeable about it. Do you know what closing costs are? Do you know how to calculate excise tax? What happens if something comes up on the inspection that causes you to have to renegotiate- are you prepared for that? An experienced agent can navigate all those muddy waters for you, and all you have to do is sit back, relax, and nod along as they explain the process and keep you informed. Remember- we’re working for you! Here’s another factor you may not be considering: an agent doesn’t have the same emotions tied into selling your property that you do. Think about it…you may be selling the family home where your kids grew up, or you may have spent your own childhood there as well. Maybe it’s your late mother’s house, and you know she would just be rolling in her grave if you sold it for any less than exactly what she thought it was worth. You’re going to get upset if someone comes along and makes an offer 20K below what you’re asking. An agent can help manage offers coming in and present them to you the best way possible, and negotiate on your behalf. An agent will work hard to get you the best price without getting upset about it and possibly causing a potential buyer to change their mind. Yet another reason to work with an agent is you don’t want to be held responsible if something goes awry that could come back and bite you in the you-know- what. There are so many legal implications involved in selling real estate, and, yeah, you may have a good attorney on your side already, but they can and will only do so much. A realtor will be there every step of the way to make sure your selling sails stay smooth, and will also be keeping you informed through the entire process.

Consider them your personal coach, teammate, and cheerleader all in one! We’re not here just for the paycheck- we genuinely want to make sure you walk away from the deal happy and satisfied. Anymore questions? Call a local Realtor today: (336) 600-1052