Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite the whirlwind of a journey. In this world of instant gratification via our lovely internet, many sellers are starting to list their home For Sale by Owner or FSBO, but in all reality, you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal.
Below are 5 MAIN reasons to hire a professional to handle your Real Estate needs:
1. What do you do with all this paperwork?
Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. Making your dream a reality is where your Real Estate professional steps in to guide you through the paperwork and into your dream home!
2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?
According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. This is where your agent’s knowledge, expertise, and experience come into play to ensure a smooth and successful process.
3. Are you a good negotiator?
Negotiations play a key factor in getting you the best deal on the purchase or sale of your home. A Real Estate professional is experienced and is there to get you the best price possible for your home. From the buyer/seller, to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people that you will have to be knowledgeable with and answer to during the process.
4. What is your home really worth?
Pricing your home accurately from the start is crucial in attracting the right buyers and shortening the market time. Having an agent who is not emotionally connected to the home will allow a sense of truth to your home’s value. According to the National Association of REALTORS, “the typical FSBO home sold for $184,000 compared to $230,000 among agent-assisted home sales.” Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.
5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?
Due to the vast amount of resources on the internet and news about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates, buyers and sellers are becoming more knowledgeable; but how do you know what’s going on specifically in YOUR area? Who would you turn to in order to correctly price your home competitively or to make the offer on your dream home without paying too much?
Dave Ramsey, the financial guru advises:
“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”
Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying/selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.
You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make presumably the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?