5 Reasons to Hire a Realtor Instead of Selling Yourself

In a seller’s market like this, you might be wondering if you should just handle the sale yourself without an agent, but there are a number of pitfalls that could cost you far more money than you could save. If you want to sell your home quickly, for top dollar, and minimize your efforts then your best bet is to team up with an experienced realtor that knows the area. A real estate professional can save you time and money by managing every step of the process, from pricing your home to reviewing documents and handling negotiations.

Here are 5 reasons why you should hire a realtor instead of listing on your own:

Your Agent Will Negotiate for You

You can think of your realtor as an expert negotiator. It’s their job to know the market well enough to take a competitive stance and navigate the sale. When hiring an agent, take a look at their experience and the details of the homes they’ve sold in the past. Have they been selling homes for more than they were listed for? There are many parties involved in a sale and your real estate agent knows how to address each of their concerns.

They Know How to Price it Right

Pricing a home is not as simple as you’d think. By attempting to price your home yourself, you run the risk of setting a price that’s inaccurate or unrealistic. A strong pricing strategy is based on factors like location, condition of the home, and size of the home. A real estate professional will find the right price by taking all of those factors into consideration along with an analysis of comparable sales. For more information on pricing a home in a seller’s market, click here.

Experienced Agents Have a Proven Marketing Plan

When selling your home, first impressions are so important and that’s where the marketing works its magic. A strategic marketing plan with high quality property descriptions, photos, videos, and advertisements will set your home apart from others and increase your chances of getting top dollar. Great marketing sells homes. If you’re interested in learning more about our marketing services, click here.

They Understand the Fine Print

Let’s face it, the thought of spending hours reading the fine print to make sure nothing is overlooked sounds boring. Instead, leave it to the agent! They can navigate all of the real estate documentation so you don’t have to. As more disclosures and regulations become mandatory, the number of legal documents will increase. Don’t risk a costly mistake, instead hire an experienced agent to bear the burden.

Realtors Have Connections

This sounds like a no brainer but real estate professionals have a wide network that can benefit you. If you’re looking for someone reliable for home repairs or painting services, they’ll likely have a list of recommendations up their sleeve. They can also share your listing with other agents they know who might have interested clients. Realtors have an abundance of resources that can help you sell your home, instead of tackling it on your own.

Selling a home takes time and expertise. Hiring a real estate professional to guide you through the ropes and swings will make the process more enjoyable for you. If you’re thinking of selling your home in Long Beach or surrounding communities, give us a call at 562.896.2456. We’d love to help!

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster