As a couple who has moved over a dozen and a half times in the last 4 decades, I understand the reasons why you may want to try to sell your home yourself. We each have giftings that we are born with or through experience, good at. Then there are the things we know nothing about. They are things that each of us just want to be able to do ourselves, but we don’t know where to begin or how to finish it. Would you design and build a home yourself? Would you fix your car, lawn mower, computer, plumbing, electrical work yourself? Would you color and style your hair? Would you cook a 10-course meal or cater an event yourself? Alot of us love HG TV, all the real estate cable shows and Pinterest, but can each of us actually do the things we see on TV and Pinterest? Watching it on TV seems easy enough, reading the recipe seems simple – but once we get started on a project, it just simply isn’t as easy as we thought.
Buying and selling a home is not easy and for the seller there are alot of emotions mixed in with it. There are lots of rules, regulations, property owners and home owners bylaws and covenants and more. How do you price it? There is expertise to that. What do you focus on to get the home presentable? What do you spend the money on to sell it? Your home is your kingdom and may be your “Zen spot” but that doesn’t mean that a new buyer will like the purple walls, unique art, and stuffed wildlife everywhere. How do you market the home within the state, other states, globally and in other languages? How do you get the word out? How do you handle the showings and do you think the buyer will be comfortable with you the owner dogging every step they take as they look around? Will your feelings get in the way when prospects say that the tree your loved one planted when you married has got to go, that wall has to be blown out etc. Do you have experience negotiating? What do you do when someone wants to make an offer? What paperwork will you use? Where do you close? The list is endless and there are a thousand details to take care of. There is an art to selling a home. That is what Bruce and I, as experienced Realtors do for you. We take care of that and all those important details.
Ohh, and guess what – statistics show that an agent assisted home sell will get you MORE money for your home than selling it yourself, using a discount brokerage, or one of those nameless iBuyer brokers who don’t tell you about all those assessment fees they are going to charge you. The 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reported that FSBO’s typically sell for less than agent assisted homes. FSBO homes sold at a median price of $200,000 last year (same as year before). Agent assisted homes sold at a median price of $280,000. Do you really want to lose that kind of money? That is a significant amount of money the FSBO seller is losing even after the agent assisted commission is paid.
So if I haven’t convinced you to use an agent to sell the biggest investment that you may have, take a look at the article published recently in USA Today. Here is another one published on the National Association of Realtors website.
The Schwanbecks would love a chance to Exceed Your Expectations!
| Debbie and Bruce Schwanbeck, Realtors at Ebby Halliday Realtors DebbieS@ebby.com BruceS@ebby.com 469.283.8656 |