Realtor vs. For Sale By Owner

Selling your house with or without a realtor can be both advantageous or hindrance. So between hiring a realtor and selling the house yourself, here is but a few pros and cons for you to weigh.

Bear in mind that selling a house will probably be the largest transaction a lot of people will make in a lifetime. Since there can be a lot of stake involved like getting the appropriate value for your home, then you might want to ensure it gets done properly.

If you hire an agent, they will allow you the personal time you may require like attending to your career or to your family, while they deal with the turbulences of your home sale. On the other hand, hiring a realtor will undoubtedly cost you something.

Here is a list of some of the things a realtor will do for you:

  • Evaluate the market and compare home values.
  • Recommend appropriate listing prices.
  • Staging your home for the best possible showings.
  • Open houses.
  • Answer all questions that buyers and their agent may have.
  • Assist in evaluating each offer presented by pointing out the pros and cons, and determining whether to accept, counter, reject or take back-up offers.
  • Work with the buyer’s agent during the escrow period: making the listing available for inspections, appraisals, etc.
  • Above all, attend the closing.

Now a lot of what a realtor will do is to put you at ease during the sale, and ensure it goes as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. In short, realtors will save you time you could never buy back, but also cost you money where you could be otherwise saving.

With the information you have available, you need to know that hiring a realtor or selling your own home will both cost you, as well as benefit you in varies ways. The decision just really depends on what it is you are willing to spend.  

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