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The Benefits of Hiring a Real Estate Agent When Planning to Sell Your Home

We live in the time of do-it-yourself projects. The internet has provided us with a seemingly limitless stock of information, which makes it easier than ever to find out what we need to know to do just about everything by ourselves. This is why when it comes time to buying or selling homes, most people ask themselves if hiring a real estate agent is really worth it. A simple search online is sure to inundate you with tips that say otherwise. However, the process of buying or selling a home is typically something that should not be managed alone. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a real estate agent.

Connections with Other Professionals

Real estate agents have worked with other professionals before, many of whom offer services that you will need to employ yourself (e.g. electricians, general contractors, plumbers). In view of legal liability, many agents will be reluctant to recommend a specific person or company over another, but they have some experience with which service providers have a reputation for efficiency, competency and competitive pricing. They can, nevertheless, give you you a list of references of people with whom they have worked and offer background information to help you make a wise choice.

Cheaper in the Long Run

Price is clearly a deal maker or deal breaker when it comes to finding a real estate agent to help you sell or buy a house. Nevertheless, if you elect to forgo hiring a real estate agent solely just to save a dollar now, you may not be able to gain as much in the long-term when it comes to delivering the results you originally expected. Keep in mind that it is about value, not cost. Selling a property can turn out to be a very complex and specialized process. It is not for the faint-hearted sellers!

Fight to Get the Best Price

Ask potential agents which homes they have sold in your area, how they will market your home, what their fees entail, and how quickly their last 5 to 10 listings sold. Look up customer reviews. Be cautious of agents who will lock you in for 6 months with a listing contract. Above all, select an agent who will fight to get the price that’s best for you, not the one that’s easiest for her.

Boost your Home’s Resale Value

Along with displaying a clean home, there are many enhancements that can be added to a home that will increase its resale price. A good real estate agent can give you advice about this.

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