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Should I Hire a Real Estate Agent to Sell My Home?


There’s a reason nearly 90% of sellers use a listing agent: Selling a home takes time, knowledge of neighborhood trends, and negotiating skills. So while eliminating the agent’s commission 2.5-3.5% of the sale price on average, might seem on the surface like a tempting thing to do, but you should resist focusing on the cost as it is the result that counts most of all.

The agent’s chief tasks are to help set the right price and then get buyers in the door. Agents have access to the most up-to-date information about recent sales of comparable homes and competing listings in your neighborhood. “The market is shifting every day. It’s the agent’s job to keep abreast of those changes,”

A good agent also will tailor a plan to market your home aggressively. That means recommending how and where to market along with staging techniques to make the place look great, maximizing the listing with professional quality photographs, and showing the house to prospective buyers. Most important, the agent will vet potential buyers so you can deal only with serious buyers.

Once you’ve found a buyer, the agent will devise a plan to negotiate the best outcome for you.  They will track all the paperwork, and generally guide you through the most nerve racking parts of the process.

Before skipping a full-service agent, think hard about the time and effort you want to spend, particularly if the process drags on. The average home takes about 6-8 weeks to sell according to the latest statistics. The cost should not be your primary concern, what you need to be concerned about is securing the best possible result.

A good Agent can add between 5-10% to your selling price, so any commission is entirely worth it.

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