For Sale By Owner vs. Hiring a Listing Agent

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Thank you for stopping by my blog! Since I specialize as a Listing Agent, I thought I would tie into my last entry: The Woodlands Real Estate – Selling Your Luxury Home by elaborating on why it is in your best interest to have a listing agent as opposed to listing a home on your own. Especially for those living in The Woodlands and its surrounding cities due to their exclusive properties.

You may have noticed when searching for homes that are listed as For Sale by Owner, they’re a bit more difficult to find. The extent of their reach is usually Craig’s List, Zillow, and Facebook. These forums do not always have the most up-to-date information and can leave potential buyers frustrated and confused.

While listing for yourself limits your options for exposure and networking, a listing agent and/or their broker normally pays for your listing’s exposure on the top websites, including their own. Along those lines, if your agent works for an internationally renowned company such as Re/Max, your home will come up higher in buyer searches on the internet due to the high standing and familiarity of the brand. They are also able to list your home on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) which is exclusive to Real Estate Agents.

Having your home listed on the MLS not only ensures that it is seen by those looking to buy a home in your market, but other agents working with their buyers have access to it as well. Those agents can then schedule showings for their clients and spread the word to other agents whose client’s criteria are met by your home. This network would otherwise be unavailable to you. Get a better idea of what listing your home entails in this article on Realtor.com: Listing Agent vs. Buyer Agent: Who Works for You?

Not only does listing with a professional listing agent extend your reach into the online marketing and luxury communities, but they will schedule and execute showings and open houses for you to ensure you get the most buyer traffic through your home. The agent and their team will intercept all buyer interest on your behalf so your phone doesn't ring all day. They will also give you tips on how to prepare your home for sale (staging your home) and can suggest the best local staging companies to do it for you so potential buyers will feel right at home.

 

If you have any additional question about hiring a listing agent or how to prepare your home for sale, please contact me. It’d be my pleasure to answer your questions and to assist you. Feel free to check out the Seller Resources I have listed on my website as well.

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