When you Google “Real Estate” to look up information on selling your home privately, there are countless articles on DIY options, informative articles and personal blogs. In addition to pointers on sprucing up your home for maximum sale ability, these articles provide homeowners with tips on the “psychology of showing a house.” Yet, most homeowners still prefer to sell through a licensed REALTOR®. Its nice to have a professional do the work for you.
Selecting a REALTOR®
Finding the right real estate agent takes some time and care. A good place to start is in your neighbourhood! Check “For Sale” signs to see which brokers are doing business in your area. Ask them about their track record, their knowledge of selling prices in the area, how much they’ve sold in the last few months, and why you should list your property with them.
A REALTOR® will give you a detailed comparative analysis of features and prices of houses selling or sold nearby. This helps determine a realistic price.
It’s important that you feel comfortable with your REALTOR®. This person will probably become part of your life for a couple of months popping in with clients or organizing open houses.
Developing a plan of action
Once you’ve decided on using a Rinehart Realty REALTOR®, you’ll want to know what his or her marketing plan will include. How often will there be Open Houses, or do you even want to do an Open House? When will he or she be listing your property on the MLS? How long does it take to filter to Realtor.ca
Which one of our Rinehart Realty REALTORS®, will detail in an informative session at your first initial listing appointment.
You’ll also need to decide whether to list exclusively for a period of time, hold off on offers, or just let it all ride? Generally, the more people that see your house, the likelier it is to sell quickly at the price you want!
Many sellers are anxious to sell their homes quickly. These sellers usually choose the MLS system over an exclusive listing because the property gets greater exposure. The benefit to an “exclusive” listing is your Rinehart Real Estate agent will be the one exclusively bringing buyers through your place. So you won’t be inundated with showing requests. If you prefer a quick sale, then listing on the MLS asap is definitely the way to go!
Professional Real Estate agents know how to separate the “lookers” from the “buyers”. They will pre-screen the buyer before they take them out. That way you don’t have complete strangers looking at They can determine a qualified buyer. A couple’s income, lifestyle and the date they must purchase helps establish their housing requirements.
Whether or not your home shows well to prospective buyers can make a difference in terms of how long it stays on the market, and what it sells for. REALTORS® can also give clients tips on how to improve their home to create a good first impression. Fresh paint, new wallpaper and flowers are all elements in the sales effort. Sometimes, rearranging the furniture and taking out extra pieces is all that is needed.
Real estate professionals are experienced in arranging financing and closing deals. A REALTOR® can assist in negotiating a better offer act as a mediator between buyer and seller and draw up a legally binding contract.
A professionally trained REALTOR® may be able to sell your home quicker at a better price than you could get privately because he or she has greater access to potential clients. Furthermore, you’ll be able to go through the transition period with less worry and inconvenience.