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Here’s another great article I thought you might enjoy. It came from Inman news and was written by Cara Ameer. Hope you enjoy it.
Selling a home without a real estate agent is like handling your own legal matter. You may only know enough to be dangerous, and worse yet, you don’t know what you don’t know. In that situation, one risks costing themselves time, money and, most importantly, an advantageous outcome.
In that situation, one risks costing themselves time, money and, most importantly, an advantageous outcome.
The same goes when sellers sell their home without an agent. Here are eight things sellers risk when they forego representation:
What you don’t know can absolutely hurt you, and it can come back to bite you even worse.
Agents know what the internet doesn’t tell consumers, and they can provide insight that consumers can’t get online.
Everyone’s time is valuable, but do sellers truly have time to attempt to play the real estate agent role?
Are sellers available to show their home in a safe manner, and is it accessible on a moment’s notice?
Do sellers have the time to devote to scheduling and managing showing appointments? What about feedback? Do sellers know what questions to ask and the best way to reach agents to elicit a response?
Are they able to aptly respond to agent and buyer questions, concerns and objections in a manner that will help overcome the hesitation to move forward?
Are sellers able to offer solutions to buyer-perceived obstacles with the property? Can they furnish expert resources such as architects, contractors, designers, engineers or other experts?
Image is everything when it comes to real estate. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the same goes for putting a property up for sale.
Do sellers know how to properly prepare their home for sale, and do they know what it needs or doesn’t need?
Are they able to stage it or bring in someone who can? What about professional photography, drone, video and 3-D? Are they able to orchestrate photo and video shoots with ease and know who to contact? What about photo styling and having an eye for how a space will translate on camera?
What kind of print media is appropriate for the property, and how will sellers have that created and printed? What agents are most likely to have buyers for the home?
Are they local or regional, or must sellers reach out nationally or internationally?
5. Negotiation experience
So the sellers received an offer. Now what? How do they respond? What do they look for in that purchase agreement?
What terms and conditions could be disadvantageous to the sellers? What costs should or shouldn’t they incur? Do they know how to negotiate to keep the buyer in the game versus walking away?
How do they strike a delicate balance between protecting their interests as a seller and working with the buyer toward the goal of putting an agreement together?
Here’s where what sellers don’t know can hurt them the most.
6. Inspection and repair know-how
How should they handle items that are flagged as needing repair or replacement by an inspector? What kinds of repairs are usually done by a seller?
Do they have a roster of repair people at the ready who can come out on a moment’s notice?
Hint: It’s typically not who you find in the Yellow Pages or by doing a Google search.
So the home is under contract with a buyer. What do sellers do next? Do they know who they need to be in contact with?
Who is going to be handling the closing? What items should they be following up on? How will they handle challenges like the property not appraising for the contract sales price or the deal potentially derailing due to home inspection issues?
8. Closing finesse
Do sellers know what the closing protocol is in their market and what the expectations are? When do sellers have to be completely moved out of the house?
What condition are sellers expected to leave the home in? How do they handle unexpected, last-minute issues that may arise: the movers damage the home when moving belongings out, the air conditioner is on the fritz, or worse yet, the moving crew doesn’t show up when they are supposed to.
Selling a home without an agent is like throwing caution to the wind along with the commission.
Are you thinking of selling your home in Sacramento? You should know exactly what it’s worth before making such an important decision. Get a CMA “Comparative Market Analysis”, for free, and with no obligation. This analysis compares your Sacramento home to others that are currently on the market and to those that have recently sold.
As top Sacramento REALTORS®, the Rigley Realty Group can determine the value of your Sacramento home and perform a quick market analysis, giving you a free estimate of what your home is worth in today’s market.
Mike and Jennifer Rigley of the Rigley Realty Group come with 13 + years experience helping buyers, sellers and investors realize their Real Estate dreams. Including:
- 30+ Year Sacramento Residents
- Over 1,00 homes sold since 2003 – 10x the average agent
- On Average sell homes 25.8% faster and for 1.5% more than the average agent
- Guarantee your Home will sell at a price acceptable to you or they will sell it for free*
- Team Approach for Maximum Client Satisfaction
- Ranked #145 Worldwide for all Keller Williams Agents 2008
- Ranked in the Top 25 of all agents & companies county wide in both the number of listings & sales since 2004
- Top 500 Teams All Companies in California for Production
- Sacramento Magazine 5 STAR Agent
In short, the Rigley Realty Group will sell your home for the most amount of money, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of hassles.
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