6 Benefits of Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Sell

Selling your home means making dozens (if not hundreds) of decisions, starting with whether to work with a real estate agent.

Even after commissions, statistics show that listing your home with a professional versus trying to sell by owner (FSBO) results in not only a faster sale but more money for the seller. Here are 6 benefits to listing with an Agent:

1. They understand fair market value and pricing strategy: When you work with an experienced, local agent, they should have a great handle on just what your home is worth in your area, and what kind of pricing will get buyers through the door. They can help you walk the tightrope of getting you as much money out of your house as possible, while still appealing to a wide range of buyers. 

2. They’re objective listing experts: Good real estate agents have a deep understanding of their local market and want to show your home in the best light. They also have relationships with photographers and home stagers, who can all work as a team to highlight the amenities that local buyers want. 

3. They have access to extensive market exposure: With access to the local MLS and online listing portals, social media presence, professional networks, connections with other agents, and name recognition, your real estate agent can get a lot of eyes on your listing and plenty of potential buyers in the front door. 

4. Buyer’s agents are more likely to show your listing to clients: Real estate agents are paid on commission, so some agents may not take the time to show your FSBO listing to their clients, since there’s no guaranteed commission. 

5. They’ll negotiate professionally: Experienced agents can spot serious buyers and guide you toward the strongest offers, which eliminates the burden of calls and negotiations with less motivated shoppers. Agents are extremely familiar with both the selling process and your local market, so they can recommend appropriate counteroffers. Bottom line: They’ll help you get as much money as possible. No wonder 82% of sellers surveyed by Zillow said they value their agent’s ability to lead contract negotiations. 

6. They know the paperwork: There’s a lot of documentation involved when you sell a home, and without an agent, the burden of making sure it’s complete and accurate falls on the seller (or an attorney you’ve hired to help). Seasoned real estate professionals are experts at the purchase and sale process, and all the legalese that comes with it.

We put your listing in front of potential buyers worldwide, and offer the same unparalleled service to all price ranges. We know that trust is earned through delivering results and that our success is defined by yours. If you’re considering selling your home, or just want to get a sense of what your home would get on the market, we would love to help.

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How to Sell Your Home

How to Sell Your Home

Selling your home, is not a walk in the park, it definitely requires a lot of work and planning. This video will give you a general idea of how to begin your selling journey. There are a lot of factors and changing variables for each individual, and the information provided will be general. For more specific questions feel free to contact me direct. Thank you for watching the “Sellers 101” video!

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7 Home Improvements that add Value

When you take on home improvement, whether you do it yourself or hire professionals, you’re taking on costs for projects that, if done right, will add to the value of your home. But keep in mind that the payback is rarely 100%, and you won’t get to enjoy the financial benefit of the work until you sell or refinance the house.

If you’re getting the house ready to sell, be sure the colors and materials you choose are on trend, aligned with the style of your home and consistent with neighborhood character.

1.    GARAGE DOOR: A new garage door updates the look of the home and adds to curb appeal. Estimated average $4,000 to replace, the rate of return remains high at 93% of costs. If a replacement is a steep investment, a fresh coat of paint can feel like new.

2.    KITCHEN REMOEL: Remodeling suggests replacing the cabinet and drawer fronts with Shaker-style panels and new hardware, getting new energy efficient appliances, replacing laminate countertops, getting a mid-priced sink and faucet, new floors and adding a fresh coat of paint. The average return of investment is 70%.

3.    LANDSCAPE: Clean up your yard. Having trimmed trees and shrubs, a well-maintained lawn, and flowers or flowerbeds can help improve the value. Depending on the art size, a $6,000 investment on your landscaping and fence can expect a cost recovery of 83%.

4.   BATHROOM: You don’t need to budget for a full remodel to refresh your bathroom. However, if your bathroom needs a full remodel, expect to spend around $35,000. Your cost recovery will be around 57%, which means you’ll get about $20,000 back when you sell your home.

5.    PAINT: The quickest and easiest way to get some bang for your buck is to give any room in your home a paint refresh. Stick to light, neutral colors and don’t forget to add a new coat to the trim and the ceilings for an all over clean look. Theres 107% return of investment refreshing the interior and 55% for exterior paint.

6. FLOORS: Breathe new life into your existing hardwood floors by resurfacing them or installing new hardwoods in your home to see an average ROI around 70% to 80%. There’s no denying that beautiful floors make a great first impression, and with a variety of stain colors, your hardwood floors can be timeless or trendy.

7. ENTRY DOOR: If your home’s shabby, worn entry door is a visual downer, pencil in a new steel entry door at the top of your remodeling list. Not only will a new entry door freshen up your home’s facade, but you’ll recoup a sizable 65% of your investment if you then sell your house.

Contact me for assistance with the sale of your home or a thorough consultation to prepare your home. I can also connect you with a lender that can assist with a home equity loan.


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