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Why it Makes Sense to Work with an Agent

Selling a home requires more than simply placing a sign on the front lawn.

Selling a home requires more than simply placing a sign on the front lawn.

If you have ever wondered why it’s better to work with an agent rather than listing “by owner,” you aren’t alone. Superficially, selling a home seems easy – until you actually try it.

According to statistics, nearly 80% of people give up and list with an agent after months of costly and time-consuming delays.

Here are three reasons agents matter more than ever:

Time

Showing homes, answering calls, responding to email, scheduling inspections and appraisals, and handling other logistics during the home transaction process are time consuming tasks. Because everything involved in a real estate transaction is time sensitive, experiencing delays can cause a deal to fall through — even at the last moment.

Promotion

Agents specialize in a specific location and know exactly what buyers are searching for in your area.

Not only do they know how to price right and grab the attention of prospective buyers, but many agents have an established list of buyers waiting for specific types of properties.

Successful real estate marketing requires extensive experience, time and persistence to achieve top prices in a buyer’s market.

Cost

Selling a home requires more than simply placing a sign on the front lawn. It also entails a lot of out-of-pocket expenses with no guarantee of success. Advertising can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Listing with a “by owner” agency or Multiple Listing Service typically adds hundreds more.

Finally, it is important to remember that real estate agents split commissions between the listing agent and the selling agent. To attract attention to your home it is still necessary to split the commission with any agents who bring buyers to the table.

Working with a real estate agent is likely to save you money over the long run.

6 Criteria in Evaluating Your Next Agent (Part 3)

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Summary: In Part 1 & 2 we shared 4 behaviors that would add meaningful value to your home search, in this post we will share the final 2 behaviors, providing a comprehensive rubric to evaluate your real estate agents.

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6 Criteria in Evaluating Your Next Agent (Part 2)

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Summary: In Part 1 we shared two behaviors (dedication and flexibility), that would add meaningful value to your home search. In this post we have added two more behaviors, check them out below.

1 Dedication

Finding a full-time agent is a foundational first step in the evaluation process. Someone who is only working in the field part time can only focus part of his or her energy on your needs. And in an industry that requires agility and speed to successfully sell or purchase a home, anything less than full-time focus simply will not cut it. Read more

6 Criteria in Evaluating Your Next Agent (Part 1)

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Summary: In our 3 part series we will be sharing 6 behaviors from interviewing our Gold Agents that resulted in an exceptional home buying experience for their customers.

Buying a home is arguably one of the most monumental purchases you will ever make. Consequently, it’s important for homebuyers – especially first timers – to utilize all the resources at their disposal before diving into the decision-making process.

And while one’s personal network and independent research are a good starting point, finding a trustworthy real estate agent can be integral in helping homebuyers find the most suitable property available.

However, as in any industry, there are poor realtors who can be a stumbling block for those with whom they intersect. Consequently, the question arises how a prospective homebuyer can differentiate the truly excellent realtors from the posers.

Well, since part of our goal here at Guidance dbc | Mortgage is to educate, we put together a list of behaviors for homebuyers to look for that would suggest a realtor could add truly meaningful value to a search.

Let’s take a closer look.

1. Dedicated
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