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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.

Common Mistakes You Can Easily Miss When Selling Your Home

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Everybody has that insider insight when it comes to tips and tricks to sell your house. But, what about what NOT to do? It’s easy to forget the little things that you’ve grown accustomed to since you’ve been living in your home. Once it’s time to sell, you’ll want to make sure that you address all the issues that might get in the way of your greatest opportunity!

Guidance Realty Homes wants to share some great insight we’ve learned about the number one issues that can be easily fixed to make sure your home sells well. Here’s a list of the main elements that could lose you that sale.

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Poor Curb Appeal
Buyers won’t even go inside your home if the outside looks unappealing. Clean up your front yard by tidying plants and pulling up weeds. Make sure the outside of your home looks well cared-for by painting the trim, mowing the lawn, and placing attractive potted plants by the door.
Unpleasant Odors
You may not even notice bad odors, but buyers surely will. Smoking and pets are the prime causes, so smoke outside while you are selling your house and consider what to do with your animals. Allow the house to air out thoroughly before viewings – don’t just try to mask the odor with another scent.
Loud and Scary Pets
Apart from the odor of some animals, a big dog or noisy bird can be off-putting to some buyers. So keep your dog away when you have viewings so your potential buyers aren’t distracted or, worse, scared. Some owners may even like a big, loud dog, but not everyone will so consider who is coming to view your home before locking Spot out back or having a friend care for them.

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Signs of Damp
Problems with damp are a big turnoff to many buyers. Make sure your basement doesn’t smell damp and that there are no signs of damp on the walls. It’s much better to fix problems now than to wait until buyers point them out to you.
Dirt and Grime
Although dirt is usually only cosmetic, it deters buyers, who will start to think the house isn’t well cared for. Make sure your kitchen and bathroom, in particular, are clean.
Bad Décor
Although your home’s décor shouldn’t matter, to many buyers it does. That’s because many want a house they can move into right away. So, replace any tired or out-of-date carpets or wallpapers with a more neutral, modern scheme.
Wrong Price
If your house it too expensive compared to similar properties on the market, you’ll turn away viewers. Take your agent’s advice when it comes to setting a price for your home.