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I’ve had many clients over the years attempt to list their home as ‘FSBO’, otherwise known as ‘For Sale By Owner’. After dealing with bad-faith offers, or no offers at all, these clients end up calling me to help. This isn’t to say that Realtors are amazing, infallible people who have the magic needed to sell a home – but we are experts and we know what it takes to make a successful sale.

Here are the top reasons why it’s worth hiring a Real Estate Agent to list your home:

You’ll save money. Many think saving the 5-6% agent fee is enough to try and go it alone, but the truth is that FSBO listings often sell below market value. According to Forbes, the median sale price of an FSBO home is a whopping $60,000 under the median sale price of a Realtor assisted sale.

Agents aren’t emotional. Selling your home that you’ve raised a family in is one of the most emotional things you’ll ever do. Agents aren’t attached to your home; they will market it toward the right buyers in order to get it sold. Negotiations are also delicate – an agent will follow up with offers without signaling eagerness in order to get you the most money.

You’ll stay out of legal trouble. The mountain of paperwork that goes along with purchasing a house contains necessary documents including seller disclosures. A seller can be held liable for fraud, breach of contract or negligence if they don’t properly disclose a hazard or defect associated with their property. Real Estate Agents are up-to-date on all housing laws and will not make mistakes that could open you & your family up to litigation.

In short, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress, and that is worth its weight in gold. If you’re interested in selling your home, contact me. I have your best interests at heart & I’ll help you make the most money on your home.

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