When you have put hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars into buying and/or fixing a home, you want to be sure you get a good return on your investment when it comes time to sell. To increase your chances of this, you’ll need the help of an experienced real estate agent.
Here are the top 6 reasons why you should use a real estate agent to help you sell your home.
Knowledge & Expertise
For someone to become a licensed real estate agent in California, they have to complete at least three college-level classes: Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and a specialized course of your choice. They’ll then have to pass a written exam before they can even apply for a license.
To put it simply, real estate agents know houses. They buy, sell, and research homes on a daily basis. They have extensive knowledge about the real estate industry, from their schooling/training and years of hands-on experience.
A real estate agent is a great resource. They’ll use their knowledge to your advantage to provide advice and answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
With professional networking and years of experience, your real estate agent has probably developed a strong pool of connections. They can pull from their networks to make your life so much easier.
Their connections to other real estate agents can help your home gain more exposure. Rather than hoping someone will notice your posting online, your real estate agent can contact other agents whose clients may be interested. Word-of-mouth goes a long way in the real estate industry!
Additionally, when it comes to home inspections, services, or repairs, your real estate agent can provide you with referrals. They can recommend contractors and businesses that are trustworthy, reliable, and will give you a great value.
Your real estate agent can help you in negotiations with the buyer and their agent. If you were to try and close a deal on your own, you many not have as much success. This may be because you don’t try to negotiate or you have too much riding on the deal.
Real estate agents can successfully negotiate a better deal for you because they are not as emotionally invested in the transaction as you are. They’ll be as aggressive as necessary on your behalf.
Access to the MLS
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a database of thousands of homes for sale. Your real estate agents has access to this service, which will make your listing available to other real estate agents all over your area.
Market Conditions Information
Your real estate agent will have insider knowledge on the real estate market. They can advise you on how much to list for, when to sell, and how to increase your chances of closing the deal.
Help with Paperwork
Closing a home sale involves a lot of paperwork. Papers may include, but are not limited to, buyer-seller agreements, disclosures, and inspection reports. These papers are legally binding and must be handled with care. Your real estate agent can help you interpret any complicated legal jargon and advise you on where and when to sign.
When you are ready to sell your home, you need the knowledge and expertise of one of San Francisco’s top sellers on your side. Learn more about what Bonnie Spindler can do for you here