Preparing to sell your home is a time-consuming and stressful process to complete on your own, without the guidance of a professional. But partnering with a real estate agent is a surefire way of staying on track and knowing what to do during a home sale. After all, you want the process to go smoothly. Here are some reasons why you’ll never have to worry about selling your home again when you work with a real estate agent.
Read on for the Kelly Crawford Team’s guide to how a skilled and experienced group of real estate professionals is an excellent resource throughout your home selling journey.
They know who’s interested in your property
Your agent will also have a good understanding of the local market, which saves you a lot of stress and worry when you list your home to sell. Knowing whether you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market can help you figure out when to sell your home and what you should price it at.
Their experience saves you time and energy
Their experience saves you a lot of time and energy you’d use trying to research answers to your questions yourself, or when looking up professionals to help you with the selling process. Not only can you count on them to know what to do, but an agent will also be an objective voice when emotions get in the way of making decisions. They’ll keep you on track so you don’t miss out on a good offer or unknowingly accept a poor one.
You can use their network of connections
Some services an agent will have contacts for include home appraisers, home stagers for showings and professional photos, and professional photographers. If you need plumbing, electrical, or other construction work done, they’ll have connections with contractors in the area. An agent’s connection with other agents is also very useful when selling Orinda homes, as they can let buyers in the area know your home is available to buy.
They have access to tools
The biggest tool agents have when alleviating the worry of home selling is the MLS. It’s the main hub of home listings, and by listing your home on it, you’re more likely to receive offers on your Orinda property. The MLS also supplies listings for the major listing sites, which increases your home’s visibility. An individual selling their home on their own won’t have access to MLS without an agent, so working with one ensures you reap all the benefits of the system.
An agent will also help you price your home using comparative market analysis. This helps you to price your home accurately based on similar properties in the area. An agent’s access to MLS helps them make an accurate estimate of your property’s value, as they have the most recent data on home sale prices. They’ll also know which aspects of your home may increase or decrease its value, such as renovations completed or repairs needed. An agent also has the expertise and prestige to sell your home for more than if you were to list the property “for sale by owner.”
They’ll negotiate and translate
If you aren’t a negotiator or you don’t feel confident in your communication skills, negotiating an offer with a buyer may be your worst nightmare. And you can almost guarantee that a buyer will have an agent to represent them in negotiations, which can be even more intimidating to confront. Sellers’ agents who work with Orinda homes are professional negotiators and will know which steps are crucial to take to land the best offer. Some things that they’ll know to look out for are closing costs, contingencies, and moving dates.
Once the terms of the offer have been recorded on paper, an agent can help you understand the legal language of the contract. This means you’re less likely to sign a paper for an agreement that doesn’t benefit you. They can help translate documents, like the property survey and deed, sales contract, and mortgage documents, to make sure everything is as it should be.
They know how to market your home
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