So many owners today don’t realize the details in putting their home up FSBO (For Sale By Owner). They think… I’ll put a sign up and answer calls… Below are the top 5 things you should know when choosing between listing your home with an agent or FSBO.
1. Realizing your home may not be worth what you think
One of the biggest shocks most sellers face is the true value of their homes. The reality is that markets change, and home values rise and fall all the time. Many factors affect home values, and most of them are subjective and difficult to measure. Having a Realtor on your side will help you to get the most value for your home. A great Realtor will advertise your home effectively and immediately when placing your home on the market, allowing you the opportunity for a great offer!
2. People won’t love your home like you do
You love your home and fully expect others to appreciate the same qualities in it that you do, but buyers have their own lifestyles, preferences, tastes and attitudes. The chances of finding a buyer who will want your home “as is” are slim to none. In fact, buyers will look at your home with an eye to how they can make it their own. Not all Realtors are like Dennis. Dennis provides you with tips and ideas on making your home appealing to buyers. His attention to detail have only proven to sell his listed homes within months.
3. Balancing legitimate & outrageous requests
The buyer, in order to improve bargaining leverage, may pick your home apart. Many of the buyer’s complaints and requests for repairs will be legitimate, but some may not. In fact, some requests can be outrageous. Having a Realtor on your side will help you decide what is legitimate and what isn’t. A Realtor with experience can help you negotiate a sale so that you come out on top in the end.
4. Unexpected showings
Buyers aren’t going to operate on your schedule. When selling your home FSBO, you are expected by buyers to make your home available almost anytime of the day or evening. A great Realtor like Dennis has a showing service that they provide to their sellers. This service allows the seller to go online and put in the schedule they would like showings on, block out dates, times and even instructions for ANY and ALL Realtors who request showings on the sellers home. This service even requests feedback from every showing and emails it straight to the seller. Easy and stress-free!
5. Inconsiderate Buyers
Every day, we each experience rudeness in society. People don’t RSVP in time for the party; they don’t write thank-you notes anymore; they get in the express line with at least 20 items; and they are turning road rage into a national pastime. So why be surprised when buyers visit your home and leave their sweaty McDonald’s cup on your coffee table? Having a Realtor will help this. You will only have buyer escorted by a Realtor in your home… Even if a buyer wants to view the property and does not have a Realtor, your listing Realtor will/should happily escort them through the showing… allowing your home to be safe and secure at all times of showing.
As a seller you already have the pressure of getting the right price for your home and in this market… that’s enough stress for you! Give the rest to a listing agent. Let them do the work of marketing your home, meeting with buyers and all the things that you just shouldn’t have to deal with. Trust me on this, you wont regret hiring Dennis as your Realtor!
Call him today for a free consultation and CMA on your home! 713-817-7218