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For Sale by Owner: What You Need to Know About Going It Alone Versus Working with an Agent.

If you’re eager to offload your home in a seller’s market—and hoping to save some money while you’re at it—it’s tempting to skip the realtor and do it yourself. Forgoing an agent means you’ll pocket even more cash, right?

Not exactly. Research shows that homeowners who work with a professional real estate agent sell their homes at higher value than those who don’t. The profit is usually enough to cover the realtor’s commission and then some.

You may be wondering what exactly an agent brings to the equation. How can I help you sell your home at the value it deserves?

I market your home through broad channels unavailable to private sellers.

Selling your home requires a bit more than a lawn sign and uploading photos to Zillow. Sharing your listing requires time, marketing savvy and knowing where to share your message. Agents use a multiple listing service (MLS) to share information about homes for sale in their area. As a profession, we all work with one another to connect sellers with the right buyers. If you personally list your home online, it can quickly become buried beneath thousands of other options, leaving qualified buyers with little chance to know your home is even on the market.

I ensure your home sells at a fair value.

There are free online tools claiming to predict an accurate value for your property. Even with the best algorithm, an online tool can’t replace real estate expertise. Your neighbor’s home may have sold high because of improvements they made to the home, or because even one block away their location is better.

I take these variables into account to create an accurate starting point for your home value. This ensures your home doesn’t waste away on the market because you set the price too high.

I manage the legal paperwork.

If you’re well-versed in real estate law and contracts, more power to you! If not, you’ll likely need help navigating the legalese and ensuring your contract protects you from future liability. I know the local, state and federal laws and relevant addenda for your situation. Because I work for you, I am available to walk through the documents and explain the ins and outs to help you finalize the sale.

While selling your home yourself is an option, why leave it up to chance? Reach the right buyer, get the best value and ensure legal compliance with the support of a realtor. Give me a call today and put your home in the right hands to sell it quicker, at a price that fits your local market!

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Anne Butcher

Award-winning agent including America's Top 100 Real Estate Agents from 2019 and 2020. A full-time Real Estate Agent since 2003 and a certified negotiation expert. Awarded eXp Realty Icon Agent Statu....

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