Did you know according to the National Association of Realtors, 89% of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when selling their home? That’s a pretty astounding percentage! The value of a real estate agent’s expertise is immeasurable, which is why we have provided six reasons working with a real estate agent will specifically be beneficial to you in your home selling process.
Navigating the many home selling rules and regulations can be very challenging, and more often than not, means a lower bottom line for the home seller. REALTORS® are real estate experts. They understand the legalese, numerous forms, regulations and the ever-changing best (and required) practices.
Better market access
Since agents are constantly involved in real estate transactions, they have countless contacts with other real estate professionals. This means having access to more serious buyers than you might find on the web. If an agent is helping you sell, they will do all the footwork to market your home including having beautiful photos taken, creating ads and tracking down buyers – all at their own expense. They will also be there to answer buyer inquiries, make showing appointments, and help you sell your home quickly and at the best price.
A real estate agent’s full time job is to be informed on the communities they live and work in, so while there is a significant amount of information available online, REALTORS® offer a real live account of the area. They’ll be able to offer great insight for pricing your home based on the local market, as well as promote the best qualities of your home that buyers in your area are looking for.
When it comes to your home, it is hard not to be emotionally invested. Offers, at times, might seem offensive; however, a REALTOR® offers an objective perspective. Proper home staging and guided home improvement choices from a REALTOR’s® perspective can help to ensure you get the total sum of your home’s worth.
Contract negotiations can be complicated. Real estate agents are your advocates through this process. They can be a sounding board for you during tough transactions, and help to smooth things over when you and the other party don’t see eye to eye (which can often be the case).
REALTORS® are licensed through the National Association of Realtors® and prescribe to a strict code of ethics. They are required to stay up to date on best practice, renew their licenses regularly, and answer to local associations if anything goes awry during a transaction. Because you enter into a contract with your real estate agent, they are legally bound to look out for your best interests, and a good agent always will.
All MRE | AP agents are licensed REALTORS® and subscribe to NAR's strict Code of Ethics, which is based on honesty, professionalism and the protection of the public. We fully support and operate in accordance with The Fair Housing Act.